THE 8×8 ART COMPETITION
8×8 is an art competition with amazing prizes created by 15 year old Katura Halleday.
Artists and creatives of all ages and skill levels donate an 8×8″ sized artwork to a 7 day exhibition.
All artwork is for sale for $30 during the exhibition.
100% of the proceeds go to providing an education to the children of Developing Nations.
ARTABLE, a local art educator has kindly donated a $500 cash prize and $500 workshop vouchers to the winner of the adult’s category and a prize pack for the winner of the children’s category.
BEHIND THE EVENT
Hey, I’m Katura
Hi! Let me introduce you to me and my projects. My name is Katura Halleday, I am 15 years old and define myself as an artist, humanitarian and social justice advocate. I am passionate about two things in life, art being one and the other the education of young women in developing countries. By following these passions, I have been able to fulfil my dream of uniting my community through art whilst helping to continue the education of those less fortunate.
In 2018 I started a Social Enterprise, 8×8 to Educate, donating 100% of the profits to education in Mozambique. We have now expanded to include children from all Developing Nations. I currently have three main income streams, a book written by Natasha Yates that my sister and I illustrated called Rina’s Story, an annual Art Competition and professional public speaking engagements.
We ran our first Art Competition/Exhibition in 2019 and managed to raise $9425.00. This will be used by the school to further the education of approximately 2000 students in Mozambique. $1200 was set aside to set up some micro businesses, however since the impact of COVID-19 we are currently providing monthly food packs. It is hoped that post COVID we can return to the Micro businesses to help the local economy grow and introduce young ladies to entrepreneurial skills through a program I am currently developing. I would love to see these skills develop to a point where the girls could be independent and sustainable.
Through my sponsorship work I have been able to facilitate the donation of 105 Surface Pro computers, school supplies, building material, furniture, tools, etc all of which were desperately needed after the school was hit by a cyclone in 2019.
I have been fortunate to have these activities recognised by the local and international community. I was as a ﬁnalist for Gold Coast Citizen of the Year 2018, the Women in Business Rising Star for 2018, International Stevie Silver Award in New York, Australian Representative at the International Forum for Volunteers in Russia, and the subject of an internationally award winning short ﬁlm ‘Katura’s Story’ which I presented to the United Nations in February 2020.
While I am honored by these awards I am more grateful for the platform it has given me to have my voice heard, and to highlight the issues of Educational Equality. I hope you find my story inspirational and that it ignites in you a desire to help.
Katura has teamed up with Matika Halleday and Natasha Yates to write, illustrate and produce a children’s book, Rina’s Story.
The book is set on the Gold Coast and Hinterland.
We hope that locals and tourists will purchase this for any young people they know.
Purchasing Rina’s Story helps:
- promote the Gold Coast and the work of local artists Matika and Katura Halleday
- support children in Mozambique
Giving a child a book is giving them a friend
Giving a child an education is giving them a chance at a better life
Purchase Rina's Story
A special thanks to…
Our main sponsors
Our major supporters
Gillian Grove- Our Judge
Artable founder and teacher Gillian Grove works behind the scenes to bring you the best art classes, workshops & travel experiences in Australia. Gillian is renowned for her ability to work in a range of mediums and styles and is highly sought after teacher for beginners.
Archibald Prize Winner Cherry Hood is an Australian artist well known for her haunting, large-scale images of faces. Cherry specialises in intense depictions of mostly anonymous subjects.
Lyn has been a professional artist for 25 years and a teacher of the craft of painting across Australia and the world for some 20 years.