Own work: Perceptions of the Meek
Shortlisted Artists: Ellie Davison-Archer, Gemma Astbury, Margaret, Louise Bastock, Charles Beerling, Kirstin Bicker, Emily Buchan, Alison Cottrell, Anna Cox, Sophie Evans, Nicola Hockley, Edwina Hughes, Andrea Girling, Nicki Layzell, Christine Leech, Tracy Leech-Williams, Rebecca Mennell, Natalie Moles-Smith, Bradley Morgan Johnson, Hollie Quinn, Hannah Sabberton, Imogen Snee, Madaline Wheeler in collaboration with Jane Pryor & Zoe Wright
All Images Copyright owned by Ellie Davison-Archer
' The Bishop's Art Prize is an annual exhibition, established by the Lord Bishop of Norwich and the Vice-Chancellor at Norwich University of the Arts. Students in their final year of study, on either undergraduate or postgraduate courses, are invited to submit artworks in response to a specific theme. This year's theme being Unexpected Blessings.
The inspiration for Unexpected Blessings comes from Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5, which begins with a whole series of blessings. This is possibly the most influential sermon of all time and it was preached when it was generally believed that wealth and success were signs of God's blessing. Instead Jesus says the poor in spirit, the meek, those who mourn, those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, the merciful, the peacemakers and those who are persecuted are the people who will receive God's blessing. Such things would have seemed unexpected and unlikely two thousand years ago. Who thinks that it is the meek (rather than the strong or the confident) "who will inherit the Earth?" '