In the run up to the 2021 awards and winners exhibition, we are featuring artists from our previous awards.  All the artwork was in response to the theme “Where is God in our 21st Century World?”

Stephanie Wilson

X2 digitally printed velvet fabric pieces

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A churning mass of exquisite fabrics refers to absent forms that nonetheless define their shape.  They are subordinate elements of religious paintings.  Collected digitally, they now assume the dynamic entirety of their own composite image.  Expressing a contemporary engagement with religion, they demand reflection.

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Kirsten Lavers

ink on Paper

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Begun as a perfect circle, this drawing progresses inwards line by line and integrates its own errors.   Mistakes document learning, discovery and reconciliation.  The Japanese philosophy of Kintsugi meaning ‘golden repair’ documents our scars and flaws finding beauty in the impermanent, incomplete and imperfect.  Accepting ourselves allows acceptance of others.

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Maxwell Rushton


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It’s a shock to see the human form presented uncompromisingly as a bag of rubbish. Yet it is worryingly easy to lose sight of the humanity of rough sleepers and the homeless.  This inert vulnerable figure makes us ask, “What must I do?”

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Deborah Tompsett


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Hand-thrown clay vessels display varieties of material and technique.  Each pot is formed from a heart-sized lump of clay from baby to adult.  They are filled with handwritten messages and then re-fired.  Since the Davidic era, 1055 BC, tear bottles have spoken of the sacredness of tears as messengers of grief, contrition and love.

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Iain Andrews

Oil and acrylic on canvas
H: 60 x W: 50 cms

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“Free markings of a brush and knife on canvas coalesce into an image.  The fluidity of the paint mirrors the way that stories are told and retold, sometimes finding new meaning as they evolve.  Here, the starting point for the story is that of the Desert Father, St Anthony.  Andrew’s painting is informed by his work as a psychotherapist with teenagers.”

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Kate Green

Diptych, Acrylic on canvas
H: 51 x W: 103 cms

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In each act of kindness, each spark of inspiration, every expression of forgiveness, in creativity, in nature, in our fingerprint, in the universe – all reveal a God of detail.  He is all around, in each moment, waiting for us to see Him in the detail.

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Karen Weatherbee

Resin, Acrylic, Metallic Embelishments, Collage on MDF framed
H: 64 x W: 94 cms

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Intense colours and textures map a version of the cosmos and animate our choices of movement through it.  Has science superseded belief in faith?  The work describes a multiplicity of routes and intersections through which, with our freedom of will, we may choose our own path.

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Karl Newman

Oil on Canvas
H:140 x W118 cms

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“Pressures compete within our busy and confusing world demanding our attention, time, money and resources.  In the ancient forests of north Sweden lies an isolated rudimentary fishing hut accessible only by foot.  There deep peace is made manifest in stillness, the unpolluted light revealing a star that leads.”

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