The Norah Braden Appeal

In January 2016, the University launched its first crowdfunding platform, lovechichester, with its first crowdfunding appeal by the Otter Gallery to fund the purchase of a piece of pottery by Norah Braden.

Dorothy (Norah) Braden was born on the 19th July, 1901 in Margate, Kent, and at the age of 18 went to study at the Central School of Arts and Crafts; becoming an Associate of the Royal College of Art (ARCA). In 1985, Miss Braden came to Bishop Otter College as a part-time specialist teacher of pottery, teaching three classes each week.

In 2001, Norah sadly passed away, but her memory lives on in the many ceramic works of art she created, which have gone onto become highly sought after and  displayed in many galleries across the UK.

The Collection, now displayed in the Otter Gallery, began in 1947 to inspire and inform students through the acquisition of quality, contemporary art. However, the Otter Gallery identified a significant gap in the Collection – a piece of work by one of the pioneer British women potters and former members of staff.

The #chi_norah campaign was thus born and through a crowdfunding appeal, we set a target to raise £1000 towards the acquisition of a Norah Braden piece. Thanks to the generosity and support of our alumni and friends, we surpassed this target and raised £1268!

We are hugely grateful to all who supported this campaign.

If you would like to support this campaign, the Otter Gallery or any other aspect of life at the University, please contact the development team at

University of Chichester, College Lane, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 6PE

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