The Bishop of Horsham, Mark Sowerby, said he was delighted to present the prizes and certificates at the Schools’ Art Competition, part of the Diocesan ‘Year of Prayer 2018’ which was held at St Mary de Haura in Shoreham. He said: "The Diocese of Chichester’s family of Schools and Academies was invited to participate in an art competition that has produced an extraordinarily rich collection of material which encompasses new compositions as well as familiar material and ancient prayers of the Church. Prayers have been illustrated sometimes in simple ways and sometimes according to a particular artistic tradition. The competition judges saw, for example, some excellent artwork drawing upon the rich medieval tradition of illuminated manuscript."
A book containing a selection of material, only a sample of the works received, will soon be published. It is hoped the book will be enjoyed not only for the record it creates of the Year of Prayer, but also as an insight into the prayer and spirituality which has inspired each picture and each artist or composer.
Over 50 of our Church of England schools took part in the competition, with some schools creating their own prayer space and prayer garden. Bishop Mark is pictured (above) with some of the prize-winners and their supporters from Birdham School. You can view more photos from the event here