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The Art and Christianity Awards

Award for Art in a Religious Context

Given in association with the Martin McLaren Charitable Trust.

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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. The Awards will next run in 2019 with a launch in May.

We have taken the decision not to run the Award for Religious Architect. A full review of the Award will be made in our journal issue no98 (due out in May 2019).

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

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

The next round of Awards will be launched in May 2019. All winning and shortlisted permanent works from the Art Award over the last 6 years are listed on our Ecclesiart pages.

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

The ACE Award for art in a religious context

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.


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