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Inaugural Bezalel Prize Awarded

In April this year Bible Society was delighted to sponsor the Chaiya Arts Awards. The awards are the UK’s newest theme based biennial arts event, hosted in gallery@oxo on London’s south bank.

This year’s event, the inaugural competition, featured inspiring art focused on the intriguing theme: Where is God in our 21st century world? Entries were whittled down to 45 pieces, comprising traditional art, sculpture, video installations, and contemporary design, that were selected to feature in a two week exhibition over Easter.

We were delighted to sponsor The Bezalel Award, a prize for the piece that we felt best invited or encouraged an exploration of the Scriptures, or that reflected, explored and translated a specific scriptural narrative or theological theme.

Competition was fierce, and after shortlisting six pieces opted to divide The Bezalel Award between four artists: Pete Codling with his piece 'Naivety'; Marjan Wouda with 'The Other Lamb', Deborah Tompsett with 'A 1000 Bottles of Tears' Elisabeth Ruth with 'I Know All The Birds'.


'The Other Lamb' – Marjan Wouda


'I Know All The Birds' – Elisabeth Ruth



'A 1000 Bottles of Tears' – Deborah Tompsett


'Naivety' – Pete Codling


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