Talk on Walter Hussey, by Arthur Hilyer in Stratford-upon-Avon
| St Andrew's Parish Hall
Walter Hussey was born one hundred years ago this year. He is regarded as the greatest patron of the arts in the Church of England in the last century, first as Vicar of St Matthews Northampton (1937-1955) then as Dean of Chichester Cathedral (1955-1977). Walter Hussey set about recovering the historic role of the Church as patron of the Arts in the service of the Gospel. Among his commissions was a sculpture by Henry Moore, paintings by Graham Sutherland, music by Benjamin Britten, William Walton, Leonard Bernstein and stained glass by Marc Chagall. Walter Hussey left his personal art collection to Chichester which led to the creation of the Pallant House Gallery in Chichester, recent winner of the Gulbenkian Award.
The talk will feature pictures, music and sculpture commissioned by Dean Hussey, often controversial at the time, but now recognised as masterpieces. Afternoon tea will be served on arrival.