The ACE Awards were set up in 2003 to draw attention to standards in religious art and design. They are open to all faiths. Although the parameters for each faith have their own limits and constraints, the consistent factors of high aesthetic sense as well as sound theological interpretation are applied to each award by an independent judging panel.
Initially the ACE Awards were run biennially (once every two years) but we now have a cycle of four years. The Awards for Art and Architecture will next run in 2019, but the ACE/Mercers' Book Award (will continues to run biennially) will take place May-November 2017.