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Church awarded £5,000 prize to improve building's artistic appeal

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: November 14, 2012

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A church has been awarded joint first-prize in a competition for commissioning new art.

St Andrew's Church, in Plymouth, has won £5,000 from the Jerusalem Trust to commission artwork to adorn the two pillars leading from the Royal Parade to the forecourt.

Alun Hughes, co-ordinator of the commissioning group, said: "We are delighted and overwhelmed by the result, especially as the standard of the other entrants was so high."

The winning entries were announced at a prize-giving ceremony in London on Monday. St Andrew's Church shares the £10,000 prize with the Good Shepherd, at Kirk Sandall in the Sheffield Diocese.

The competition was launched a year ago by the Church Buildings Council of the Church of England to encourage parish churches to consider high quality contemporary artwork to add to the beauty and significance of their church buildings.

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