Specialist insurer Ecclesiastical, has today (Monday 2nd October) unveiled its ‘Great Community Mural’, the largest piece of community art of its type ever produced in the UK, at St Paul’s Cathedral.
Standing at 10m by 3m, the giant mural will be on display in the iconic 278ft cathedral for a week and will be seen by approximately 40,000 people. The mural features creative artwork submitted by churches across the UK, as part of Ecclesiastical’s annual Church Competition. The winning church was presented with the top prize of £10,000 with four other churches being highly commended and receiving £2,500 each.
Michael Angell, church operations director at Ecclesiastical, said: “The Great Community Mural has been developed as a visual celebration of the relationship between church and community, with contributions submitted by parishes up and down the UK. We’ve been hugely impressed by the quality of the entries that we received, which showcase the incredible work that churches do in their local communities all over the country.”
Entrants were asked to submit a piece of original artwork on A3 paper that celebrates and encapsulates the role their church plays in its local community. After receiving over 270 entries, Ecclesiastical combined the best pieces of art to create the ‘Great Community Mural’. The Mural also features an original piece of work by Christian artist Tim Steward, who has seen his work exhibited all around the UK, much of which is notable for its celebration of church architecture.
Michael Angell added: “We know that there is already a huge amount of work being done by churches all over the UK, however our research recently found that three quarters of UK adults couldn’t name any of the activities that take place inside their local church other than regular services and religious festivals. We hope that this mural provides an insight into the vital and irreplaceable services that churches deliver on a daily basis.”
The mural will be displayed in St Paul’s Cathedral until Sunday 8th October, after which it will be taken to cathedrals in Brecon, Coventry, Ely, Wells and Edinburgh throughout the Autumn.