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Religious art competition launched

By Ann Marie Foley - 27 July, 2017

The National Competition for Religious Art in the Home has been launched. Artists have been invited to submit religious art inspired by the theme of the World Meeting of Families – ‘The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World’, and Pope Francis’ Amoris Laetitia. The selected art pieces will be part of an exhibition in 2018.

“The exhibition will be part of the World Meeting of Families 2018 and will be a collection of limited edition bespoke quality religious art which will be available for purchase to those who view the exhibition,” stated Brian Quinn, chairperson, Advisory Committee on Sacred Art and Architecture, and chairperson of the selection jury.

He explained that the competition jury are looking for works of high quality, artistically and in religious terms.

“As religious art, these works must awaken awareness of Christ’s presence in us and to us in our home environment,” he said. “They must speak of the timeless Christian values of love, forgiveness, redemption and everlasting life.”

While Brian Quinn will chair the competition selection jury, other members of the jury will be named and announced in a post on the National Centre for Liturgy (NCL) website (www.liturgy-ireland.ie).

The selection criteria will take into account that the art work is: consistent with the principles of Christian faith and worship; suitable for a domestic setting in terms of size, weight and affordability; explicitly inspired by Amoris Laetitia; and original.

A series of items may be considered as one work, for example a nativity scene. Submissions might also include sculpture (various media), stained glass, painting, fabric (garments or hangings), table linen, candles, shrines, jewellery, prints and stationery.

The competition is part of the preparations for World Meeting of Families 2018, and organised by the Committee for Sacred Art and Architecture of the Irish Bishops’ Conference, in association with the National Centre for Liturgy.

For further details see: http://www.worldmeeting2018.ie/WMOF/media/downloads/Religious-Art-in-the-Home-Invitation.pdf

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