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/ 21 March 2016

Artists wanted for first new church in London for 40 years

Children from the Engine Room creating performance art

St Francis at the Engine Room, in Tottenham Hale, will be the first new church building opened in the Diocese of London in over 40 years. This exciting new community is looking for artists to work on three projects in the new building.

The church congregation, which began meeting in 2013 in a temporary space called the Engine Room, is building a thriving community hub, taking the Gospel to the heart of the area and are helping local residents reach their full potential, whilst promoting social responsibility and integration.

The new church and centre will have four distinct areas – a café, which has a contemporary industrial theme; a nursery (which does not currently require artwork); a community centre, comprising a small hall and learning workshop; and the church and chapel. It forms one corner of the Vickers Court block in Hale Village. The art required is as follows:

  1. A reredos, to hang behind the altar and act as a focal point during services
  2. External metalwork to sit over the main doorway, based on the existing logo and industrial theme
  3. Wall art to add colour and interest to the centre. This can be sacred or secular, to fit the mood of the different areas. The café will have an industrial theme to reflect the area’s history.

The competition

Artists are sought for the first two works, which will be commissioned in summer 2016.

The wall art will be chosen from finished pieces submitted in summer 2016 (or later, if we could judge it in the new centre and put them in place.) Judging will be by a community panel and established artists, to create a coherent final display.

Details of the display spaces and prizes are being finalized. To express your interest and to receive an application pack as soon as it is ready, contact Elizabeth Harrison on with the subject line “Artwork Competition”.

If you are able to help publicise this in your networks, please contact Elizabeth for details.

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