ACE Award for Art in a Religious Context

Given in association with the Martin McLaren Charitable Trust

Art and Christianity Enquiry (ACE) invites entries for the 2015 Award for Art in a Religious Context. Entries for either temporary or permanent commissions in or within the grounds of buildings dedicated to the worship of any faith community will be considered for the award of £5,000. Entries must be in the United Kingdom and completed between July 2011 and July 2015.

The ACE Award seeks to commend the collaborative process of the commission and both clients and artists must give their permission for the entry. To this end £4,000 of the prize money will go to the artist(s) of the winning scheme and £1,000 to the client. A specially commissioned artwork will also be offered to the client to display during 2016.

Judging panel

The Rt Rev’d Nick Holtam (Chair) – Bishop of Salisbury

Janet Gough, Director of the Cathedrals & Church Buildings Division of the CofE
Joe Hage, collector
Alexander Sturgis, Director of the Ashmolean Museum
Dr Jane Williams, Senior Tutor in Theology at St Mellitus College


The artwork submitted must be within the building or grounds owned or leased to an active faith community and completed in the last five years. The commission must be exemplary in its relationship to its context, its capacity to engage in the particular modes of worship and activities taking place within its environment. It can be in any medium.

Entry rules

Please note that the award is open to artworks situated within the grounds of any faith group.

Artworks must have been completed and in situ by 3 July 2015 (unless they have already been exhibited) after which date site visits to the short-listed works may take place.

Anyone may submit one or more artworks in the UK. Members of the public, users of the buildings and clients are all encouraged to nominate works for consideration, with the agreement of the artist(s) and of the building owners where the work is sited.

Entry fees and how to apply

Applicants must complete the entry form and submit with the additional material and £40 fee.

The deadline for applications is 6pm on 3 July 2015.

Entry Procedure

Entry forms are available for download as a PDF file or a Word document.

Online Entry Forms

You may submit entries on the web site.

Registered users can complete the online entry form for an ACE Award entry.