Churches: be inspired!
CHURCHES in West Lancashire could be missing out on £10,000 prize. Specialist insurer Ecclesiastical is calling for churches across the county to submit their entries in order to be in the running for the prize money.
The insurer launched its Great Community Mural competition in May and the deadline for entries (August 21) is fast approaching.
The Great Community Mural is all about highlighting and celebrating the fantastic community work of churches up and down the UK.
To be in with a chance of winning the grand prize of £10,000 or indeed one of the four runners-up prizes of £2,500, all you need to do is get creative!
“This year our church competition is a little bit different., explained Helen Richards, church customer service manager at Ecclesiastical.
“We are asking churches to create a visual representation of their role in the community.
“The only stipulation is that it must be on A3 scale (29.7cm x 42.0cm) and submitted to Freepost Ecclesiastical by August 21, 2017.
“In terms of materials, style or technique, that’s entirely up to the individual church.”
So far, the insurer has received entries created in pastel, crayon, watercolour and print.
They’ve even had discussions with a church that wants to incorporate pottery in its design.
“We know that there are some fantastic community outreach projects being undertaken by churches in the area and we’d love to see some entries reflecting that,” Helen added.
The company will use the entries to create one of the UK’s largest pieces of community art, The Great Community Mural, which will showcase the wide variety of community activity being undertaken by local churches.
“Whilst the quality of the artwork is important, we aren’t necessarily looking for the next Picasso or Monet.
“What’s important is that it captures the church’s contribution to its community.
“We’ve had a lovely entry from a church toddler group that has clearly had lots of fun dipping their hands in paint to create their entry.”
The mural will be unveiled at a prestigious London location before being toured around the country, giving as many people as possible a chance to see it.
For everything you need to enter this year’s competition and the full terms and conditions visit the Ecclesiastical website: www. ecclesiastical.com/churchcomp
Below, a Lancashire church: can your mural design be a £10,000 winner?