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Holy Trinity Community Art Project

The community art project marked the 1,300th anniversary of Holy Trinity Church in Westbury-on-Trym and was installed in the church grounds. The ‘Hands in Prayer’ initiative, is an art installation made up of 1,300 clay hand clasps, made by students at Redmaids' High and by members of the Holy Trinity congregation. 

The scheme is the brainchild of art teachers from Redmaids’ High School who worked with Father André Hart, Church Vicar at Holy Trinity. Taking the hand cast involved squeezing a small round piece of soft clay between two hands in a position of prayer. A silent thought, prayer or good luck wish was added at the same time. The casts were then mounted onto a wooden dowel, left to dry and fired in a kiln, turning the clay from grey to pure white.


The aim of the project was to bring the community together and create an inspiring work of art that would be a lasting tribute.


The partnership was established to create an installation art piece to celebrate the 1,300th anniversary of Holy Trinity. The resulting art piece was designed by members of the Redmaids' High Art Department and the Vicar of Holy Trinity. It was inspired by a number of artists and exhibitions including the commemorative poppies at the Tower of London by Paul Cummins and Tom Piper

Pupil Involvement

The partnership involved students from every year group at Redmaids' High School as well as the congregation at Holy Trinity Church.