Residents of North and South Pallant in Chichester are to turn their windows into a live Advent Calendar this Christmas in a unique project organised by Pallant House Gallery.
Each household and business participating in the scheme will take it in turns to decorate a window facing onto the Pallants and unveil it to the public every day throughout the month of Advent. By the end of the month the street will resemble a ‘live advent calendar’ with numbered windows from one to 25.
The scheme is now in its third year, having started in December 2008 with participants from North Pallant. It broadened to include South Pallant last year and take-up this year is the highest so far. Over the last two years, a host of displays have been created ranging from a carol-themed ‘Seven swans a swimming' to a display of ingeniously suspended Christmas crackers and a life-size cotton wool snowman.
As an extra incentive, participants are being offered the chance to win a sumptuous champagne afternoon tea for two. Donated by the Gallery's critically acclaimed onsite restaurant, ‘Field and Fork at Pallant House Gallery, the prize will be awarded to the best window display voted by the people of Chichester.
Last year's winners, Rebecca and Tom Lapraik will be hoping to repeat their success after their quirky reindeer scene won them a coffee machine donated by the Gallery's headline sponsors De' Longhi. Brighton-based artist Louise Bristow is designing two windows for Pallant House Gallery, inspired by the backdrop she has produced for the Gallery's ‘Season's Greetings' display of artist's Christmas cards. Other participants include FFF Occasions, Chichester City Club, Favourite Cat Ltd and Pallant Hair.
Director of Pallant House Gallery Stefan van Raay said, ‘We are delighted so many of our neighbours are taking part again this year. It is wonderful to see the street brightened up by their displays, particularly as there will be no lights in Chichester town centre. We hope as many people as possible will come down to the Pallants to see the windows and vote for their favourite.'
Visitors can vote for their favourite window in person at the Gallery or the Gallery Bookshop, or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Voters will automatically be entered into a free draw to win a free Friends' membership and a voucher for the Gallery Bookshop. All votes must be cast by Twelfth Night (6th January 2010).