New director takes over at Oxmarket gallery in Chichester

Andrew Churchill in front of the Newlands Corner 2021 painting which represents his family
Andrew Churchill in front of the Newlands Corner 2021 painting which represents his family

Oxmarket President Sophie Hull said: “He is an experienced arts professional with exceptional experience in the gallery and museum industry and joined on September 6th.

“Andrew brings exactly the skills and experience Oxmarket needs as it grows into one of Chichester’s premier must-see cultural destinations. Andrew has specialized knowledge of modern British and contemporary art and is an accomplished painter. He studied at the Bath Academy of Art.

“Andrew comes from the Pallant House Gallery where he was Deputy Director between 2014 and December 2020. Since leaving, he has been a full-time artist.

“Prior to that he was Business Manager and Director of Marketing and Retail at Watts Gallery, Compton, Surrey.

“He started his career in Chichester as Marketing Manager at the Pallant House Gallery in 2000, before becoming Marketing and Sales Manager.

“He is a qualified professional in cultural heritage, commercial activity, publications, retail, marketing and communications, as well as event management. He was one of the teams that won the prestigious Gulbenkian Prize in 2006 (now Art Fund Prize) and shortlisted for the Art Fund Prize in 2014. ”

Sophie added: “The Oxmarket is incredibly lucky to have attracted Andrew as Gallery Director to guide us through the next major strategic phase of our journey after completely renovating the building. It will professionalize our offering as we become recognized as a premier art space in the South of England and beyond. As an artist, he understands the needs of artists and how best to organize and promote their work.

“He will work in close collaboration with artists from all disciplines. Andrew will also make the Oxmarket visit experience even better.

Andrew said: “I have been a visitor to Oxmarket for a long time and am delighted to join him as Director at this point in its history.

“After the beautiful renovation, this important building is ready to shine in its role as a space for contemporary artists, designers and craftsmen. It has never been more important to provide opportunities for artists of all kinds and to ensure that these opportunities are distributed equally and fairly.

“The Oxmarket will be a hotbed for visual creativity and a hub for visual creatives of all kinds. I am excited to begin.

Holly Fox-Lee also joined the Oxmarket team as gallery administrator.

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