Contempory art plans for churches impress judges
One prize became three at a prize-giving ceremony on Monday 12 November held at the Church of St Stephen Walbrook in the City of London. Judges were so impressed by the final 11 entries in the Jerusalem Trust Prize for Commissioning New Art in Churches, that they not only split the first prize of £10,000 in two but awarded a development grant of £1000 as well.
The first prize winners were St Andrew's, Plymouth (Exeter Diocese) and The Good Shepherd, Kirk Sandall (Sheffield Diocese) with Wednesfield Team Ministry in Lichfield being awarded the development grant.
The competition was launched a year ago to encourage parish churches to engage their communities in thinking about a high quality contemporary artwork to add to the beauty and significance of their church building. There were over 50 entries from parishes large and small, old and new, rural and urban from Cumbria to Cornwall. 11 were long-listed.
"It has illustrated that the Church of England is alive and kicking in very different communities across the land," said Anne Sloman, Chair of the Church Buildings Council. "The heritage of the past which our churches are so fortunate to contain can sit very happily with the art of the present."
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