By Amanda Murthy
Schools and parish communities are being encouraged to take part in the 2019 Catholic Liturgical Art Competition, inspired by Aboriginal knowledge and the Catholic faith, set to take place in conjunction with the NAIDOC week celebrations in July next year.
The theme of the competition “Our Sacred Song Lines Upon This Earth”, aims to represent the Catholic faith and Aboriginal culture’s commitment to the stewardship of all creation.
The collaborative effort by Aboriginal Catholic Ministry (ACM), the Archdiocesan Centre for Liturgy and Catholic Education Western Australia (CEWA) will work to design and create artworks that can be used in the liturgical and prayer life of the parishes and schools in the Archdiocese of Perth.
Auxiliary Bishop Donald Sproxton said the art competition is a unique opportunity for schools and parishes to connect and embark on a spiritual journey through the eyes of young artists, as they unlock for us through art, the breadth of God in the wonder of His creation.
“As a Liturgical Art competition, incorporating Aboriginal design and the possibility of that design being used in a liturgical setting is very significant, as liturgical art can act as a lens through which we are invited to experience God in all peoples and places,” Bishop Sproxton added.
ACM Director Vicky Burrows said the competition was officially launched on Monday 3 December together, with a workshop and information day conducted by a local Aboriginal artist.
Ms Burrows added that the competition will be judged in four categories, namely: Primary, Secondary, Group Entry, and Open Group.
Winners will be announced during NAIDOC week (artwork may be made into an item for use by the Archdiocese) and the works will be exhibited at the Angelico Exhibition for Primary and Secondary Schools and Colleges in August 2019.