8×8 art awards open for entries

The 8×8 Art Awards, a charitable Gold Coast art prize run by local student Katura Halleday, has just opened for entries.

The exhibition will be held at the Dust Temple in Currumbin with the opening night celebration kicking things off on 27 November. The exhibition will run until 2 December.

Now in its third year, the exhibition firmly focuses on uniting the local art community, while helping to change the future of kids in developing nations.

The event was inspired by a trip to Mozambique, Africa where 16-year-old Katura Halleday was shocked at the number of girls who were forced to leave school simply because their parents could not pay the school fees. Girls as young as 13 were married and had little to no future.  Katura wanted to change the future for these girls, and the arts community rallied behind her.  To date there have been over 400 works displayed, with the majority sold each year during the week long exhibition.

“I was humbled by the support from the artists,” says Katura.

We received entries from all over Australia, people willing to give of themselves and their creativity, for a child they will never meet, and for a thank-you they will never hear.  That’s pretty inspiring!

Entries come from a wide variety of artists, from professionals to residents of nursing homes, and grandparents who share the experience with their grandkids.

Kate Hammill from South Australia was one such entrant.

“As an artist with children and grandchildren who can paint, it is a privilege for all of us to be able to create a small painting that will benefit the lives of girls in Africa,” Kate says.

“Through 8×8 I’m teaching my grandchildren about caring for others and that they can make a difference, no matter how old, or young, they are.”

To date the exhibition has raised just under $19,000 and funds a scholarship program for girls from Year 7 all the way through to the end of university. Currently nine girls are enrolled, and the program has expanded from working in Mozambique to also supporting girls in Tanzania.

If you would like to be part of the exhibition, entries are open until 12 November at 8x8toeducate.com.au. The exhibition runs at Dust Temple Currumbin from 27 November to 2 December. The cost is just $15 for adults and $5 for kids, and all artwork is sold for $30, with 100% of profits going directly to education in developing nations. Tickets to opening night are free, and you can register here.

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