Ecclesiastical holds art competition

07 July 2017


Celebration: the artist Tim Steward, who is promoting Ecclesiastical’s competition “The Great Community Mural”, in his studio

Celebration: the artist Tim Steward, who is promoting Ecclesiastical’s competition “The Great Community Mural”, in his studio

CHURCHES are being asked to sum up their place in their com­munities through art, in a com­­peti­tion organised by the insurers Ec­­­­clesiastical. The winning parish will receive £10,000.

The insurer’s annual church contest this year is focused on art. Each entry to the awards must consist of an A3-sized artwork that celebrates how that church contributes to its community.

All the entries will then be stitched together around a centre­piece by the Christian artist Tim Steward, to create a ten-metre by three-metre mural, which will be taken on tour to churches and ca­­­the­drals around Britain.

Ecclesiastical says that this will become the biggest ever community-made piece of art in the UK.

The winning church will not only have its artwork added to the centre of the mural: it will also win £10,000. Four runners-up will each be award­ed £2500.

”I’m really excited about the role of art within the Church in bringing people together and having fun; but also, on a grander scale, this project embodies a real sense of ‘Let’s show what the dynamism of the Church looks like,’” Mr Steward said.

The church operations director at Ecclesiastical, Michael Angell, said: “We’ve been working with our church customers for 130 years, and have seen first-hand the extent to which local churches are supporting their communities. The Great Community Mural will be a celeb­ration of the great work that is already hap­pening, and is also de­­signed to act as an inspiration to others.”

For more information about the competition, visit

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