A CHARITY sculpture competition has recognised the artistic efforts of the community.
More than 20 clay heads, which were produced in community workshops at schools, hospitals and charities have been judged in the Hope Sculpture Competition.
The competition winner was decided by gallery co-ordinator Marc Steene and awarded at Pallant House Gallery in Chichester on Saturday.
First place was awarded to Stonepillow, with Sylvie Johnston, director of operations at the charity, collecting the cheque on behalf of the group from The Old Glassworks workshop.
Stuart Callow, co-ordinator of the River Hope Project, said: “The presentation day itself was a happy, wonderful coming together of individuals, centres and a feeling of goodwill.
“Some of the successful participants from the workshop were there to pick up the prize – which made it all the more special.
“Our participants have all reacted very positively to the Hope Sculpture Competition at Pallant House Gallery.
“Sculpture is a tactile physical experience. In our workshops it is always fascinating to witness from the moment a pupil, patient or client, first touches their work, and embarks upon their personal or shared journey. They are often immediately immersed in their work.”
Participants who submitted their work to the competition came from St Wilfrid’s Hospice with Chidham Parochial Primary School, adult mental health services at Chapel Street Clinic, Foundation Studies at Chichester College with Fordwater School, the Apuldram Centre and Cornelius House which shared a workshop with Fishbourne Primary School.
The prize money was created by auctioning off an iron sculpture – called Hope – which was created in a previous community workshop.
Businesses from around the area bid on the sculpture which was won by Stride and Son estate agents.
Nick Stride, from Stride and Son was presented with the sculpture by the the Hope Project and will return the artwork before Christmas next so it can be auctioned to another business.
“It is particularly fitting that the Hope sculpture we have auctioned off for one year to the business community is actually a particularly striking old piece which was save from a past workshop,” said Mr Callow.
Pallant House Gallery also awarded a participating client from Chapel Street Clinic for individual merit in the competition, which she collected from Marc Steene alongside Chapel Street Clinic representative Stephen Allen.