Holy Saviour’s Church in Tynemouth has reached the last fourteen in a national art competition worth £10,000.
Churches across the country were invited in February to take part in the competition, funded by the Jerusalem Trust, to develop and install an entirely new piece of art. The first stage, of indicating interest and submitting a broad framework, is now complete and Holy Saviour’s has been selected to go forward to the final.
The exciting proposal is to install a piece of art on the north facing wall of the Parish Centre – the wall that faces along Broadway – and the purpose would be to communicate the joy of and celebrate the Christian life.
Geoff Lowson, the Priest in Charge at Holy Saviour’s, commented, “It will be very important to ensure that whatever art is eventually chosen is sympathetic to its surroundings in the prize-winning Church garden. That very stark wall is clearly crying out for something to be placed upon it, but the rectangular nature of the wall and its relationship to the church garden requires that whatever is chosen has soft and flowing lines. The context would also imply a selection of something that has conventional beauty rather than being overtly challenging. At the moment we have no specific design in mind, nor has any decision been made about who will be the artist. The eventual design will depend upon the imagination of the person chosen. We hope that as many local people as possible will be involved in the project.”
The commissioning team will be inviting local artists to submit proposals later in the year and will make a final decision after the national prize awards are decided.
If you would like to know more or are interested in submitting a proposal, then please contact the Parish Office on 0191 257 0660.