A+C Award for Art in a Religious Context


A+C Award for Art in a Religious Context

Winner of the 2015 Art Award,  HS  by Maciej Urbanek

Winner of the 2015 Art Award, HS by Maciej Urbanek

Kindly supported by the Martin McLaren Charitable Trust and Ecclesiastical Insurance

The 2019 A+C Award for Art in a Religious Context invites entries for either temporary or permanent commissions in or within the grounds of buildings dedicated to the worship of any faith community for the award of £3,000.

The A+C Art Award seeks to commend the collaborative process of the commission and both clients and artists must give their permission for the entry. To this end £2,500 of the prize money is given to the artist(s) of the winning scheme and £500 to the client. There are two categories for this award:
1] for temporary installations or exhibitions within a place of worship
2] for a permanent work of art within a place of worship (this category includes works of design and furnishings).

2019 Judging panel

Olivia Horsfall Turner (Chair) – Senior Curator, V&A
Laura Gascoigne – art critic of The Tablet and The Spectator
Alistair Gordon – Founding Co-Director of Morphe Arts
Matthew Saunders – former Director of The Friends of Friendless Churches


The artwork submitted must be within the building or grounds owned or leased to an active faith community and completed in the last five years. The commission must be exemplary in its relationship to its context, its capacity to engage in the particular modes of worship and activities taking place within its environment. It can be in any medium.

Entry rules

The award is open to artworks situated within the building or grounds belonging or leased to an active worshipping community of any faith.

Artworks must have been completed and in situ by the entry deadline (unless they have already been exhibited) after which date site visits to the short-listed works may take place.

Anyone may submit one or more artworks in the UK. Members of the public, users of the buildings and clients are all encouraged to nominate works for consideration, with the agreement of the artist(s) and of the building owners where the work is sited.

Entry fees and how to apply

Applicants must complete the online entry form (or you can can click here to download a form and post) and submit with the additional material and £40 fee.

Click ‘add to cart’ and then on the shopping trolley icon in the top right hand of the webpage. You’ll then be asked to fill out a form and further details are given about submitting images. We’re sorry that it’s not possible to save and come back to the application so you might wish to download the form (click on the link above) and prepare the details required for the online form.

Please only choose ‘1’ in quantity. To enter more than one artwork please make separate transactions for each.

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Banner image: David Behar Peharia, Invisible Structura, 2011 residency at Gloucester Cathedral, shortlisted for the 2015 Art Award