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The Art and Christianity Awards

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About the awards

The Awards were set up in 2003 to draw attention to standards in religious art and design. They are open to all faiths. Although the parameters for each faith have their own limits and constraints, the consistent factors of high aesthetic sense as well as sound theological interpretation are applied to each award by an independent judging panel.

Initially the Awards were run biennially but we now have a cycle of four years.

We have taken the decision not to continue the Award for Religious Architect. A full review of the Award can be read in journal issue no98.

The A+C Awards were previously known as the ACE Awards.

All winning and shortlisted permanent works from the Art Award over the last 6 years are listed on our Ecclesiart pages.

image: John Maddison Altar and Reredos for Lady Chapel, Ely Cathedral

Our Awards celebrate the successes and diversity of artistic projects in religious buildings throughout Britain. We also have an award for a book which explores the dialogue between the visual arts and religion.

2019 Awards

The A+C Award for art in a religious context

The judging panel is chaired by Olivia Horsfall Turner, Senior Curator at the V&A, writer and broadcaster.
The Award is judged in two categories, one for temporary installations and exhibitions, one for permanent new commissions. Artworks completed within the last five years must be within the building or grounds of a place of worship. The Award is open to all faiths.

We are delighted to announce the shortlist in the permanent category:
Chris Eckersley and Gareth Neil, Re-ordering of sanctuary at Our Lady of Victories, Kensington, 2017
DaeWha Kang, The Regeneration of St Andrew’s Holborn, 2019
Ptolemy Mann, Oceanic Ray, a glass installation for St Peter’s Battersea, 2018
Graeme Mortimer Evelyn, The Eternal Engine, reredos for St Francis, Tottenham Hale, 2017
Stephen Owen, Prayer Chapel Communion Table and Lectern for Guildford Baptist Church, 2016

And in the temporary category:
Pete Codling, Soup of Souls at Portsmouth Cathedral, 2019
Arabella Dorman, Suspended at St James’ Piccadilly, 2017
Jake Lever, Soul Boats at Birmingham Cathedral, 2015-16
Michael Magruder, Lamentation for the Forsaken at St Stephen Walbrook, 2016
Julie Marsh, Assembly at Brick Lane Mosque, 2019

A+C wishes to thank the judging panel:
Olivia Horsfall Turner (chair), Senior Curator at the V&A, writer and broadcaster
Sussan Babaie, Andrew W. Mellon Reader in the Arts of Iran and Islam, The Courtauld Institute of Art
Laura Gascoigne, art critic of The Tablet and The Spectator
Alastair Gordon, artist and Co-Founder of Morphe Arts
Matthew Saunders, former Director of The Friends of Friendless Churches

Click here to see our instagram account with images and further details of the shortlisted projects. @art_xianity

The A+C Book Award

The judging panel is chaired by Sir Charles Saumarez Smith, Senior Director of Blain|Southern.
The Award commends a book (published within the last three years) that makes an outstanding contribution to the dialogue between visual arts and religious faith.

We are delighted to announce the shortlist:
Jonathan A Anderson & William Dyrness, Modern Art and the Life of a Culture (Intervarsity Press, 2016)
T J Clark, Heaven on Earth (Thames & Hudson, 2018)
Thomas Crow, No Idols: The Missing Theology of Art (Power Polemics, 2016)
Neil MacGregor, Living with the Gods (BBC/Allen Lane, 2018)
Chloë Reddaway, Strangeness and Recognition (Brepols, 2019)
Ittai Weinryb, Agents of Faith (Yale University Press, 2018)

A+C wishes to thank the judging panel:
Sir Charles Saumarez Smith (chair), Senior Director of Blain | Southern gallery
Michael Symmons Roberts, poet, writer and broadcaster
Rupert Shortt, Religion Editor of the Times Literary Supplement
Lucy Winkett, Rector of St James Piccadilly

The prize-giving will take place in London on 13 November 2019.

Download a press release

Previous Awards

The ACE Award for art in a religious context

The 2015 Awards were announced on 26 November at King's College Chapel, London.

Winner: Maciej Urbanek, HS, St Michael's Camden

Also shortlisted:
David Behar Perahia, residency at Gloucester Cathedral
Antonia Hockton, The River of Life, St George's Church, Great Bromley
John Maddison, Reredos, Ely Cathedral
Nick Mynheer and Roger Wagner, window, aumbry and font cover at St Mary's Iffley
Bill Viola and Kira Pirov, Martyrs, St Paul's Cathedral

For a full press release of the 2015 please click here.

The ACE/Mercers’ Book Award

2017 Winner: Natasha O’Hear and Anthony O’Hear Picturing the Apocalypse


Banner image: Stephen Cox, St Anselm's Altar, Canterbury Cathedral, 2005