The Bishop's Art Prize is an annual exhibition, established by the Bishop of Norwich, the Rt Revd Graham James and the Vice Chancellor of Norwich University of the Arts, Professor John Last. Students in their final year of study are invited to submit artworks in response to a specific theme. This year's theme was 'Darkness and Light'. The winning entry, 'Out of Darkness by Alexandra Blythe was the first piece of media work to win the competition in the ten years that it has run.
Alexandra Blythe MA Fine Art
Community Artist, Arts Facilitator and Film Maker
This meditative piece responds to the artist's work with numerous participants in therapeutic art sessions over several years. Designed to allow a moment's tranquil enlightenment, in acknowledgement of the healing power of art; the hypnotic movement of light and shade over the water's surface provide a point of calm reflection and an insight into feelings evoked by any act of creation. The accompanying music also alludes to this message, with the interplay with it and the visual imagery occurring serendipitously, expanding the creativity and authority of the piece.
Music : Cum processit factura digiti dei - Hildegard Von Bingen (1098-1179). Performed by Sequentia. From Canticles of Ecstacy 1994, BMG Music.