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Church sponsors arts award

Artists are being invited to create work highlighting climate change, sanctuary and reconciliation for an award sponsored by the Church in Wales.

The Coda Arts Award is offering grants of up to £5,000 for artistic work which illustrates one, or all three, of the themes of climate change, Nation of Sanctuary and the work of Cymdeithas y Cymod – the Fellowship of Reconciliation in Wales.

Artists are invited to submit ideas and costs to a panel of judges who will award grants for the completion of the work to those who are successful.

The Coda Award is now in its second year and is being sponsored by the Church in Wales as part of the Church’s 2020 Centenary celebrations. Previous winners include Jane Sutcliffe for a physical theatre show, the musicians Cass Meurig and Eleanor Brown and poet Judith Parry.

The Award is part of the Coda Festival – a Christian festival which invites people to connect and share new perspectives through the arts to inspire one another towards faith and action. It explores spiritual and ethical matters through talks, workshops, art, comedy and worship. The winning artists will have the chance to show their progress or final work at the Festival which takes place in Llanidloes on July 24-26.

Coda Festival organiser, the Revd Stuart Elliot, said, “We are excited that for its centenary year the Church in Wales has chosen to give us £5,000 to help us promote, through art, these important issues of today – climate change, sanctuary and reconciliation. Any artist is welcome to submit ideas and we will try to enable as many as possible. However, if there were an outstanding contribution which covers all three areas of concern we may consider awarding a large amount to one artist.

“Our aim is for the art to be shared around Wales to highlight the issues. We will be actively looking for hosts once the artwork is complete.”

The Bishop of Bangor, Andy John, said the Church was delighted to support the Coda Award. “The three themes of climate change, sanctuary and reconciliation have perhaps never been more relevant and pressing than in our world today. They are certainly key concerns of the Church in Wales. This award is a great opportunity for artists to inspire us all to action.”

He added, “Coda is a hugely positive venture which will provoke, entice and engage many who are not content with a secular outlook on life and value the chance to meet with others who like them are passionate about matters such as justice and hope.”

The deadline for submissions for the Coda Award is January 31. A team from the Coda Festival, Christian Aid, Nation of Sanctuary and Cymdeithas y Cymod will judge the entries and award the grants.

Email coda@coda.cymru for an application or more information.