The annual Clancy Prize exhibition is open to all Sydney Catholic Schools’ secondary students. It is a celebration of our students’ creativity and spirituality, expressed through visual arts, inspired by Cardinal Edward Clancy.
“Religion and art have been closely related from earliest times. Art has always been at the service of religion and religion at the service of art.
At a time when our society seems to be losing its civilising values, religious art is a powerful force in the service of humanity.”
– Cardinal Edward Clancy, 2009
2021 Clancy Prize theme
The theme of the 2021 exhibition is: Celebrating 200 Years of Catholic Education in Australia.
Student and teacher participation is encouraged in this exhibition. It will be a very practical way for them to mark and celebrate the bicentenary of Catholic education in Australia and, most importantly, it will provide an opportunity for them to use their gifts and talents.
The creative arts are very important, as they enable us to encounter what is good, true and beautiful. In Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis wrote: “Proclaiming Christ means showing that to believe in and to follow him is not only something right and true, but also something beautiful, capable of filling life with new splendor and profound joy, even in the midst of difficulties. Every expression of true beauty can thus be acknowledged as a path leading to an encounter with the Lord Jesus” (n.167).