Winners of the Art Competition

1st prize Sperman meets Jesus Philip Middleton

Thank you very much for submitting artwork to the Christian Arts Festival Competition to choose the cover image for the Encounters Festival brochure 2019 – many joyful encounters.

Attached are the winning entries and below comments by the Judge: P.J Crook MBE.

With 117 entries, 33 artists, it was exceptionally difficult to choose from such diversity.  12 entries will appear in the Gallery on the back cover of the Festival brochure listed below.

The exhibition ‘Encounters’ accompanying the Competition will be held during the Festival in the Hub Gallery and Church, Christ Church, Malvern Road, Cheltenham. GL50 2JH

The dates:  Saturday 27 April – Sunday 3 May, 2019.  Delivery of work Wednesday 24 April 9am – 12pm (open to alternative arrangement)

Volunteers please to steward the space during its openings 10 – 4pm weekdays, Saturdays 10 – 4pm, Sundays 12 – 2pm.

Celebration View (advertised in the brochure) on Sat 27 April 12 – 2pm when PJ will award the prizes and say a few words.


1st prize Sperman meets Jesus Philip Middleton


  • Winner of the Art Competition for the front cover: ‘Superman meets Jesus” by Philip Middleton.  ‘I love the idea that Superman has shed his suit to humble himself before Jesus. The wonderful element of fun and simplicity of design are so appealing; I think this will make many people smile with great pleasure, both young and old. And it has a universal appeal.  Very suitable for the brochure cover.’

Second Prize Shiloha Levy

  • Second Prize: Soli Deo Gloria, Shiloha Levi.  ‘For me as a Patron of the National Star College it has a lot of resonances. I love the fact that the subject is in a wheelchair and also holding a photograph of what looks like van Gogh’s painting of a church. The landscape, the bells, all the wonderful details and the dedicated amount of work tick all the boxes and is very topical as David Hockney has just unveiled his window in Westminster Abbey. It is so strong – the wheels on the chair and the position of the figure and the composition  is so obviously not done from a photograph.’

Third Prize Robert Goldsmith

  • Third Prize: Robert Goldsmith.  ‘The children singing:  It is moving, delicate and sensitive.’


  • Back page brochure gallery:

Angie Walsh
Deborah Harrison
Jayne Tricker
John Bateson
Louis Parsons
Paul Hobbs
Robert Goldsmith
Rosa Wain
Sally Snape
Shiloha Levi
Sue Trickey
Susie Climie




Art Creativity
Location: All Churches Date: Time: - Christian Arts Festival brochure image comp Art Competition 2019