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Stunning sculpture is centrepiece of new ‘Poverty Over’ cathedrals tour

A spectacular new work of art about global poverty, along with a photographic exhibition of Christian Aid’s work in poor countries, will be launched next Monday (17th January) in Southwark Cathedral at the start of a two-year-long tour of dozens of Britain’s cathedrals.

The Poverty Over tour is aimed at provoking debate about how best Christians can meet the demands of their faith by challenging poverty around the world.

Christian Aid commissioned the work of art - a sculpture of enamel and steel - from artist Mel Howse, of West Sussex. The work was paid for by a sponsor.

At its unveiling in Southwark Cathedral, the Bishop of Kingston, The Rt Revd Richard Cheetham, will lead a prayer of dedication for the cathedrals tour.

Christian Aid Director Loretta Minghella will speak at the launch about the true nature of poverty – a lack of power – and what must be done to tackle it.

Artist Mel Howse will also be present. She said her work, resembling an eye within an eye, explored the gap between people who are living in poverty and those who are not.

‘Poverty is staring at us and can be uncomfortable to witness. But once we have seen, the challenge is to act,’ she said.

Ms Howse’s sculpture is based on two bowl-shaped pieces of steel, which she has embellished with coloured enamels.

Her previous work includes a stained glass window in memory of the late anti-apartheid activist Bishop Trevor Huddleston, which was dedicated to him in 2007 by Archbishop Desmond Tutu. The window is installed in Lancing College, West Sussex, where Archbishop Huddleston studied.

Journalists are welcome to attend the launch of the Poverty Over tour in Southwark Cathedral from 3-4pm on Monday, 17th January.

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For more information, please contact Rachel Baird on 0207 523 2446 or rbaird@christian-aid.org

Notes to Editors:

1. Christian Aid works in some of the world's poorest communities in nearly 50 countries. We act where the need is greatest, regardless of religion, helping people build the lives they deserve.

2. Christian Aid has a vision, an end to global poverty, and we believe that vision can become a reality. Our report, Poverty Over, explains what we believe needs to be done – and can be done – to end poverty.  Details at http://www.christianaid.org.uk/Images/poverty-over-report.pdf

3. Christian Aid is a member of the ACT Alliance, a global coalition of 100 churches and church-related organisations that work together in humanitarian assistance and development.  Further details at http://www.actalliance.org

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5. For more information about the work of Christian Aid visit www.christianaid.org.uk