Project funding

There are two costed options for the material for the sculpture; Bronze Resin or Bronze.

In each instance the form and dimensions would be identical. The artwork is innovative and representative of the best artistic practice of today, with workmanship of the highest quality that reflects the excellence of the minster’s famous John Piper/Patrick Reyntiens stained-glass windows. It will be seen by thousands of people, both citizens of Plymouth and visitors to our historic city, for years to come.

Costing totals

Taking account of project expenses and associated community activities, the cost are calculated as:

Bronze Resin: £31,800 including £3,100 associated community activities & contingency 5%. This is now within reach.

Bronze:  £52,900 including £4100 associated community activities & contingency 5%. This is the material preferred by those associated with the development of the project; thus meeting our aim to commission the very best for the city and securing a long lasting testimony to celebrate the historic relationship between the city and its minster church.

An application is in hand to Arts Council England for further funding to enable us to achieve the preferred bronze option.

Funding raised so far £27,000

£5,000 – Jerusalem Trust Art Award (A Sainsbury Family Trust)

£ 500 – Plymouth Arts & Heritage Fund

£ 500 – Individual gift

£5,000 – Plymouth Culture Board

£1,700 – Church activities

£5,000 – Plymouth City Council –  Crowdfunder

£8,300 – Public Appeal/Crowdfunder

£1,000 – Gift Aid


We would like You/Your Company/Organisation to share our vision through your generous investment in the project. When you invest in this commission, the work of art will be created and seen by thousands of people, both citizens of Plymouth and visitors to our wonderful city, for years to come.

We would like future generations to know that You/ Your Company/Organisation made this possible by your gift to “The Vision for the Pillars” and therefore your name will be celebrated on the ‘Roll of Benefactors’, which will be on view in the Minster and, as a major donor, on the plaque on one of the pillars containing the sculpture .

It would be excellent to have the encouragement of local businesses, companies and industries and see them recognised in this way alongside other sponsors, partners and members of the local community.

The project enjoys valuable support from many partners, in particular the city’s Culture Board, the City Council and the Plymouth College of Art. We are especially grateful for the encouragement of our patron the Bishop of Plymouth.

The Public Art Officer of Plymouth, Jodie Bishop, commented “The site chosen is a key location within our city centre and … I am excited about the potential opportunity to commission a well thought out and fantastic piece of public art that could become an iconic feature in our city landscape.”

Dom Jinks, Director of Plymouth Culture, when giving his support said “This commission is an excellent example of a quality public art project in plan, process and production. There has been a true spirit of quality partnership. I support and fully endorse this project and have allocated strategic partnership funds from Plymouth Culture accordingly.”

Your response to this public appeal can make all the difference in enabling us to create and install the sculpture “Vision for the Pillars”.

We would welcome your contribution by

> cheque, made out to PCC St Andrews Church, and sent by post to Art Commissioning Group, St Andrews Church, Royal Parade, Plymouth PL1 2AD.

> cash, which should be given through the Church Office (open 9am – 1pm Mon to Fri) at St Andrews Church, Royal Parade, Plymouth PL1 2AD.

Details of ‘REWARDS’ for your donation can be found on the website at

Any enquiries should be directed to

Thank you

Alun Hughes

Art Commissioning Group,   Minster Church of St Andrew, Plymouth.