Project coordinator Alan Goldstein yesterday at the launch of a competition to design a new window at the former Anglican church in Federal. Photo Contributed Mike Smee
Project coordinator Alan Goldstein yesterday at the launch of a competition to design a new window at the former Anglican church in Federal. Photo Contributed Mike Smee Contributed Mike Smee

Putting light on the subject

"But soft, what light through yonder window breaks?"

Entrants in a design competition for a new feature window for the former Anglican church at Federal would do well to keep Shakespeare's quote in mind when coming up with a winning concept.

You see, the feature window not only has to look good, it also has to shed some light on a church that was built in the early 1900s and is not overly endowed with natural light.

It also has to fit in with one of the design competition's themes of "shining a light" on the community.

The design of a new window is seen as significant step forward for the Federal community, who all rallied to raise in excess of $200,000 to buy it from the Anglican Church last year.

It has already had some major electrical work done on the building and the roof is undergoing repair. The precinct that takes in the church and nearby hall has also been named "Jasper Corner".

Jasper is the name the hinterland village was once called.

The competition to design a new window will be judged by a panel of five people including visual artists Noel Hart and Suvira McDonald, Rachel Bending of Arts Northern Rivers, along with Francesca Seychelle and Machatarn O'Hara.

"I'm excited to see what people come up with," Suvira McDonald said.

"It doesn't need to be figurative it can be quite abstract."

It's a tremendous opportunity for a local artist or graphic designer to have their work turned into a glass window.

Entrants will be whittled down to a select group of three who will be asked to present a design brief to the panel. The successful winner can project manage the installation themselves or leave it up to the project team to implement.

An expression of interest document can be downloaded from www.jaspercornerfederal.com.au.

Enquiries can also be directed to Alan Goldstein on 66849313.



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