The Christian Arts Festival, the Diocesan Creative Arts Steering Group and the Education Department in the Diocese have worked in partnership to run a Spring Art & RE competition for all schools in the county.
There has been an overwhelming response to this competition both numerically and in the quality of art and theological reflection. Over 130 entries from both community and Church of England schools are now on display for the month of May at the newly refurbished Discover DeCrypt, Southgate Street, Gloucester GL1 1TP. Viewing is highly recommended, entry is free and the venue is open from 10am – 5pm from Wednesday through to Sunday.
Entries were invited around the theme of ‘Faith Encounters’ and could include work on any of the major world faiths. The entries were grouped into regional areas, with each area having an overall winner.
When judging the competition, Paul Hobbs, representing the Diocesan Creative Arts Steering Group, and a professional artist himself, commented: ‘I’ve been impressed with the hard work teachers have put in to encourage and inspire children to create these ideas whilst thinking deeply about faith themes. In the end I have selected winners who have demonstrated both artistic skill and deep thinking at an age appropriate level.’ When speaking about specific winners Paul went on to commend their ‘playfulness and harmony of shape’, ‘strong colours and contrasts’, ‘exuberance and excitement’, ‘strong graphic quality’ and ‘careful placement of shapes’.
The winning images are displayed here and prizes will be presented to the schools by Debbie Helme, the Diocesan Strategic Lead for Religious Education during the summer term. All schools who have taken part will receive a certificate of involvement.
The winners are from St Andrew’s, Cromhall, Hartpury, Longney, Bream and Woodchester Primary Schools.
Well done to everyone who took part!