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Art and photography inspired by 400th anniversary of King James Bible

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Winning entries of art and photography competition celebrating 400 years of the King James Bible are on show at Southwark Cathedral.

Art and photography inspired by 400th anniversary of King James Bible
'Family' by Laura Adu, a pupil at Cathedral School

The Lancelot Andrewes Award is named after Bishop Lancelot Andrewes who is buried in the cathedral and was responsible for overseeing the translation of Genesis and other Old Testament books. Artists were invited to submit art inspired by stories found in these books.

Vivienne Rowett won the adult award with a textile piece depicting dresses for Sarah and Hagar. She will be showing examples of her work in the cathedral refectory next year.

The junior winner is Joshua Obayori of Parish Church C of E Junior School in Croydon.

Laura Adu from Cathedral School entered a painting called Family which seeks to show that the world belongs to everybody with the stars representing descendants to come.

Adult winners include local resident Pauline Place who entered a photographic image for Sarah (Genesis 18:10).

"I like the story of Sarah," writes Pauline. "it contains many emotions at sadness of not having a child, of bitter jealousy of her maid Hagar, of being disheartened by the dislocation of wandering through the land and the onset of old age.

"As I picture her, she is listening to the angels who are speaking to Abraham: eavesdropping from the tent door she hears the incredible, amazing, unbelievable news that she will have a son – so her life is suddenly full of hope, fulfilled. What an amazing moment of record!"

Judges for the competition included the Rt Revd Christopher Chessun, Bishop of Southwark, Synthia Griffin, curator of regeneration & community partnerships at Tate Modern, and Ben Quash, professor of Christianity and the Arts at King's College London.

The exhibition of winning and shortlisted pieces ends at 4pm on Thursday 29 September.

An amateur radio station with the callsign GB400KJB is operating in the cathedral churchyard until Thursday.

An exhibition of bibles, including Lancelot Andrewes' personal King James Bible, continues until Friday 30 September.

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