Welcome to the site for the Bishop Otter Scholar for Theology and the Arts in the Diocese of Chichester, with ASK (Centre for Arts and the Sacred) at King’s College London.
The post of Bishop Otter Scholar was created in 2015 to develop research and engagement with Theology and the Arts in the Diocese of Chichester. It is supported by the Bishop Otter Trust (Charity No. 306344), who also loan the nationally significant Bishop Otter Art Collection to the University of Chichester.
As of November 2020, the post is suspended pending review of the impact of the Covid pandemic. This static site is a resource platform and record of previous activities and articles.
[Images right: Marc Chagall window at Chichester Cathedral, Psalm 150; Chichester Cathedral; the Chichester Roundel, Bishop’s Palace Chapel, Chichester].
Previous Bishop Otter Scholars
Dr Sheona Beaumont (September 2017 – October 2020). Sheona read Fine Art at the University for the Creative Arts, followed by an MA in Visual Culture at the University of Nottingham. She completed her doctorate at the University of Gloucestershire in 2017, where she researched the Bible in/as photography, supported by Bible Society. Her projects as Bishop Otter Scholar included the curation of photographer Alys Tomlinson at Chichester Cathedral, and the inaugural Visual Theology conference in association with King’s College London and the University of Chichester.
Dr Naomi Billingsley (October 2015 – December 2016). Naomi read Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Cambridge, followed by an MA in Christianity and the Arts at King’s College London. She completed her doctorate in 2016 on William Blake’s depictions of Christ at the University of Manchester, publishing The Visionary Art of William Blake: Christianity, Romanticism and the Pictorial Imagination in 2018. Her work as Bishop Otter Scholar included research on the art in Chichester Cathedral and related initiatives to gather contemporary responses to and reflections on these works, including the development of the Alight app.