31 October 2012
The winning entries in the Jerusalem Trust Prize for
Commissioning New Art in Churches will be announced at a
prize-giving ceremony at the Church of St Stephen Walbrook, in the
City of London at 12.30 on Monday, 12 November.
The competition, with a £10,000 prize fund to take the
commission forward, was launched a year ago by the Church Buildings
Council of the Church of England to encourage parish churches to
engage their communities in thinking about a high quality
contemporary artwork in any medium to add to the beauty and
significance of their church building.
Fifty parishes responded to the first stage of the competition
and 11 were long-listed to work up portfolios for the second stage,
which will be celebrated at the ceremony, with representatives of
all 11 present. The parishes, from across the length and
breadth of the country, are:
- Kings Heath, All Saints (Diocese of Birmingham)
- Lanercost Priory (Diocese of Carlisle)
- Brighton, The Annunciation (Diocese of Chichester)
- Plymouth, St Andrew (Diocese of Exeter)
- Wednesfield Team Ministry (Diocese of Lichfield)
- Lincoln, St John the Baptist Ermine (Diocese of Lincoln)
- Southall, St George (Diocese of London)
- Tynemouth, The Holy Saviour (Diocese of Newcastle)
- Alderholt, St James (Diocese of Salisbury)
- Kirk Sandall & Edenthorpe, The Good Shepherd (Diocese of
- Marazion, All Saints (Diocese of Truro)
More information about the parishes.
Media are welcome to attend the announcement (12.15pm
for 12.30pm) at St Stephen's Church, 39 Walbrook, London EC4N
The competition was organised by the Church Buildings Council
and adjudicated by a panel of five judges.
Anne Sloman, Chair of the Church Buildings
Council, said: 'This competition has given the lie to the
perception of a moribund Church of England struggling to preserve
the past. The entries came from parishes, large and small, old and
new, rural and urban from as far apart as Cornwall to
Tyneside. Their desire to make their churches speak of God's
presence in the present and future and not only to their
congregations but also to their communities was exhilarating."
Bridget Cass, Jerusalem Trust Executive,
enthused: "It was a real treat to be able to have a glimpse of the
enthusiasms of churches across the country as clergy, congregations
and communities worked out how they were going to change their
churches through art."
The Rt Revd Stephen Cottrell, Bishop of
Chelmsford, said: "What has been inspiring about this competition
is not just the works of art that will be commissioned, but the way
whole communities have been encouraged to think afresh about how
their church and the works of art within it speak out about God's
glory and vision for the world."
The Very Rev Michael Sadgrove, Dean of Durham
Cathedral, commented: "There has been a fascinating range of
projects submitted for this competition. It has been heartening to
see how people of all ages in parishes and communities have become
involved in working up these projects, and hugely encouraging to
know that artistic creativity continues to thrive in every kind of
Mark Cazalet, Artist and Chair of the Working
Group on Commissioning New Art for Churches, reflected: "Reading
through the submissions for the commissioning new art prize has
been profoundly inspiring; the breadth of imaginative response,
visual ambition, and theological engagement has been a wonderful
experience. But very hard to make a final judgement!"
The Church Buildings Council of the Church of
England is a statutory body, which in 2008 replaced the Council for
the Care of Churches. In addition to its advisory role to
Chancellors and Diocesan Advisory Committees (DACs) under the
operation of the faculty system, the Council has a general duty "to
promote the care and conservation of churches and greater
knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of and artistic activity
relating to churches both within the Church of England and more
widely among the general public". A great deal of its work, both in
terms of casework and wider policy initiatives, relates to the
preservation of our remarkable heritage of 12,500 listed buildings.
But we are also determined that the legacy we leave to future
generations is as worthy as that we have inherited.
The Jerusalem Trust was established in 1982 by
Sir Timothy and Lady Sainsbury to "promote the Christian religion".
It funds a range of projects, including those in the media,
overseas (in Africa and Central and Eastern Europe), in education,
in evangelism and mission and in the arts. Its recent funding in
the Art category has included grants towards the Hew Locke work in
St Mary & St Eanswythe Church for the Folkestone Triennial
2011, the Cross by Stephen Cox for St Anselm's Chapel in Canterbury
Cathedral, a mural by Alison Watt in Old St Paul's Church in
Edinburgh and the font by William Pye in Salisbury Cathedral, as
well as support for organisations promoting Christian art.