Bishop's Religious Visual Arts Prize 2017

“Walking the Way” with Scripture ~ to inspire art 

The 2017 Bishop's Religious Visual Art Prize is open to all school students up to and including Year 10 from Catholic systemic and congregational schools as well as students from government schools in the Diocese of Broken Bay.

In 2017, students are invited to create a work of art inspired by the theme “Walking the Way”, an expression of our life journeys with God. The art should be inspired by Scripture related to this theme. Suggested Scriptures are included below.

Life is a journey. It is not an event that happens all at once. Life unfolds, step by step, day by day, year by year. It is a movement of coming and going, descent and ascent, travelling and resting. From their very beginnings, human beings have walked in search of new goals and horizons. Finding the WAY is integral to human existence.” © “Walking the Way” CSO Broken Bay, 2017.

From the Old Testament

  • “Know that I am with you and will watch over you wherever you will go.” Gen 28:15
  • “I will walk with you—I will be your God, and you will be my people” Lev 26:12
  • “The Lord God had told us what is right: To act justly, to love tenderly and walk humbly with your God.” Mic 6:8
  • “Happy are those…who walk in the way of the Lord.” Ps 119:1
  • Your word “is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Ps 119: 105
  • “ The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want…he leads me beside still waters” Ps 23, 1,2

From the New Testament

  • “I am the way, the truth, and the life!” Jesus answered. Jn 14:6
  • “The blind are now able to see, and the lame can walk. People with leprosy are being healed, and the deaf can hear.” Mt 11:5
  • “A little while before morning, Jesus came walking on the water toward his disciples” Mt 14:25
  • “Some people walked ahead of Jesus and others followed behind. They were all shouting, “Hooray for the Son of David! God bless the one who comes in the name of the Lord.” Mt 21:9
  • “As Jesus was walking along the shore of Lake Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew. They were fishermen and were casting their nets into the lake.” Mk 1: 16
  • “That same day two of Jesus' disciples were going to the village of Emmaus, which was about seven miles from Jerusalem. As they were talking and thinking about what had happened, Jesus came near and started walking along beside them.” Lk 24:13-15
  • “They said to each other, “When he talked with us along the road and explained the Scriptures to us, didn’t it warm our hearts?” Lk 24:32
  • “I am the way, the truth, and the life!” Jesus answered. “Without me, no one can go to the Father.”
    Jn 14:6

Instructions and criteria

Artworks may only be in one of the Visual Arts media including painting, drawing, print, photography etc. No animation or video entries will be accepted.

Artworks are limited to:

  • individual entries
  • a weight of 15 kg, a weight that can easily be carried by one person;
  • a size that can easily be transported in the boot or backseat of a car;

The artwork should of course be the student’s own work. If the artwork contains an image of another person/s ( e.g. their face) their permission should be sought and gained preferably in writing, explaining that the artwork will be included in an exhibition which will be viewed by other people at school and on the Diocesan Website.

The artwork should not be a student’s copy of the art of a professional artist.

Artworks that reach the Diocesan level of competition must be photographed and submitted via the website through the link at the end of this page.

Each artwork is required to be labelled with the student’s name, school and stage on the back. A description of the artwork should be included in the online form as well as copied and attached to the actual piece of art. This is very helpful to the judges.

Artworks not meeting the above criteria will not be accepted.


Term 1, 2017

Promotion to students

  • in Catholic schools through coordinators and teachers of Religious Education.
  • in Government schools through CCD catechists and through parish bulletins.

Students begin to plan art and may commence working on it.

Term 2, 2017

Students work on art 

Term 3, 2017

By the end of Week 2 Term 3, 2017

  • Catholic school students complete and submit art works for judging at school.
  • Students in Government schools complete art work, photograph art work and with the assistance and permission of parents, upload photograph to Diocesan Website. Parents to complete entry form.

By the end of Week 5 Term 3, 2017

Judging of artworks and certificates presented:

  • Three finalists are awarded at each stage ( ES1-5) at school level. Only these works can be submitted at the Diocesan level.
  • All entries are awarded certificates at the following levels within the school or CCD community : Participation, Commended, Highly Commended
  • Catholic schools judge actual artworks and award school certificates within the school.
  • CCD Coordinators judge photographs of artworks and other artworks submitted online and award certificates as above.

CSO will send templates for certificates to schools and CCD coordinators

By the end of Week 7 Term 3, 2017

Catholic schools submit up to 3 works judged by them as best visual art’s submissions ( finalists) in each of the stages ES1-5 via the link at the end of this page.

CCD Coordinators arrange for submission of up to three art works judged as ‘Finalists’ for judging for award of prizes. Entry may be limited by parent capacity to deliver artwork to CSO. Catholic schools may be able to assist parents of State school students in this task.

Parents and students with works judged as ‘Finalists’ at school/ CCD level and whose works will be submitted for judging for prizes, must complete the online entry form. Works will not be judged without completion of this form.

By the end of Week 10 Term 3, 2017

Judging of works submitted by panel of judges

Term 4, 2017

By the end of Week 2 Term 4, 2017

Pick-up / return of artworks to schools and Government school students.

By the end of Week 3 Term 4, 2017

Exhibition of prize winning entries and artworks of students who received ‘Honourable Mentions’.
Students and families to be invited to official awards evening at the Caroline Chisholm Centre on 24 October 2017, 6.00-8.00pm.
By the end of Term 4, 2017

Publication of winning artworks and artists in Diocesan publications and website.


The first prize for the winning entry from each stage (Early Stage 1 to Stage 5) this year will be $200.

There will be two honourable mention awards given to students from each stage, with prizes of $30 art supplies each.

Submit your entry

Catholic Diocese of
Broken Bay

Building 2, 423 Pennant Hills Road
Pennant Hills NSW 2120

PO Box 340
Pennant Hills NSW 1715

Phone 02 9847 0000
Fax 02 9847 0001

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