Residents of North and South Pallant in Chichester are celebrating the ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’ in novel fashion in a unique project organised by Pallant House Gallery.
Each household and business participating in the scheme have decorated a window facing onto the Pallants inspired by one of the Twelve Days of Christmas. Together they make a window trail of scenes inspired by the traditional carol - from a Partridge in a Pear Tree to Twelve Drummers Drumming.
Artist and illustrator Derek Matthews has designed two windows for Pallant House Gallery: a digital print and paper construction (sponsored by the Design and Digital Print Centre).depicting a Partridge in a Pear Tree to mark the first day of Christmas, and two 'turtle doves' based on Victorian showman's banners to mark the second. Featuring two turtles adorned with dove wings, the design creates a witty visual pun inspired by, as Derek puts it: 'the unfortunate circus stand-ins that also have to double up as a trapeeze act.'
Derek Matthews continues: "Creating an artwork on this scale has been great fun and a golden opportunity to develop aspects of my work. Pallant House Gallery is such a jewel it's a joy to be associated with it."
Visitors to the historic Chichester streets can follow the window trail and vote for their favourite window by posting a slip into the specially-made post box in the lobby of Pallant House Gallery. Voters will automatically be entered into a free draw to win a free annual membership to the Gallery. The trail will remain up from 24th December to 6 Jan 2012 and all votes must be cast by Twelfth Night.
Acting Director of Pallant House Gallery Marc Steene said: ‘We are delighted so many of our neighbours are involved in the project this year. We hope as many people as possible will come down to the Pallants to see the windows and vote for their favourite display.'
The winning window designers will receive a sumptuous afternoon tea for two donated by the Gallery's critically acclaimed onsite restaurant, ‘Field and Fork at Pallant House Gallery'.