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£10,000 Prize for the Commissioning of New Art for Parish Churches

Deadline: February 29, 2012

Prize for the Commissioning of New Art for Parish Churches

The Church Buildings Council invites parishes within the 42 dioceses of the Church of England to apply for a one-off prize of £10,000, funded by The Jerusalem Trust, to be awarded for the best developed proposal for commissioning a new work of art in their church.

The purpose of the prize is to reward an excellently prepared proposal and not to judge and fund a particular artwork.

A commission may take any of the following forms:

  • Creative textile
  • Metalwork
  • Sculpture
  • Installation using mixed media
  • Painting
  • Glass

The essential criterion will be the requirement to use the process outlined in the Council’s guidance on “Commissioning New Art for Churches”, which can be downloaded from www.churchcare.co.uk. The guide, illustrated with examples of recent commissions throughout England, has been developed through wide consultation. It includes details on what parishes should consider, how to write briefs and commission and choose artists as well as the legal framework. The Church of England hopes that the guide will make parishes realise that commissioning artwork – both permanent and temporary - can be very straightforward and rewarding.

The competition has two stages:

Stage 1 – Expression of Interest - Deadline: 29 February 2012
Interested parishes are invited to download the Guidelines from www.churchcare.co.uk and to submit a written Expression of Interest in working up a full submission for Stage 2.
The Expression of Interest must be submitted on the attached form by 29 February 2012.
The rationale of each submission in the “Commission Proposal” section of the application will then be ‘long-listed’ in early March 2012, after which successful applicants will be invited to work up their proposal in detail while continuing to use the Guidelines.

Stage 2 – Final Submission - Deadline 1 October 2012

For further information parishes and DACs are invited to contact Diana Coulter, the Divisional Support Officer in the Cathedral & Church Buildings Division on 020 7898 1860 or [email protected]

The form, these notes and the Guidelines may be downloaded from: www.churchcare.co.uk.

Expressions of Interest should be submitted to:
Diana Coulter
Cathedral & Church Buildings Division
Church House
Great Smith Street
London SW1P 3AZ

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