Pick up a brush or pencil and enter our 8×8 Art Award. 100% of proceeds from the event will go to educating children in Developing Nations.

the 8x8 art award

8×8 To Educate is an art award created by teen Katura Halleday to raise funds for educating a group of girls in Mozambique and Tanzania.

Artists and creatives of all ages and skill levels enter the award by donating an 8×8″ sized artwork to a 7 day exhibition. All artwork is for sale for $30 during the exhibition. 100% of the profits go to supporting and/or providing an education to the children of Developing Nations - primarily Mozambique and Tanzania.

The artwork is judged on opening night and the winner receives a wonderful prize of $500 cash and $500 worth of art workshops. Children’s winner receives a prize pack. The exhibition is vibrant, fun, engaging and an exciting opportunity for artists to contribute to the lives of those so much less fortunate than ourselves.


get involved

There are several ways you can help 8x8 To Educate. From entering the art award, volunteering or simply donating. Find out more.


dignity project

Purchase a reusable menstrual pad or pack of pads, and help a girl in Africa complete her education.

donate pads

make a donation

We need your support. Make a one-off donation or set up regular monthly contributions to help educate girls in Africa.

donate today

enter award

Send your artwork to a worthy cause and you could win $1000 cash for adults and a gift pack for kids. 

enter award

spread the word

Like us on Facebook or Instagram and share posts, tell your friends, simply get the word out about the work we're doing.


buy a book

Rina's Story by Natasha Yates and illustrated by Katura and her sister Tiki is a lovely gift and its purchase helps African kids.

buy book

purchase artwork

Purchase a $30 original artwork from our online exhibition or next year's exhibition at Dust Temple Currumbin.

8x8 exhibition

the prizes

Adult prize winner receives $1000 cash prize and children's winner receives a prize pack.

a special thanks to our sponsors

Without our sponsors, this initiative would not be possible. It is with extreme gratitude that we acknowledge the following businesses and people who have helped us.

Dust Temple sidles amongst industry, in between the beauty of Currumbin Alley and the magic of its Valley. She was an old warehouse with great bones and layers upon layers of industrial incarnations. With an avid hand and a creative mind that works overtime, owner John Wilson turned her on her head and opened it up as a space to explore the workings of creative minds. Our gallery hosts local, national and international artists, musicians and poets. Studio spaces house artists, a ceramicist, a leatherworker and silversmith along with a boutique foundry. With true open ended creativity we are connected to one another allowing creation rather than reproduction and repetition leading us to be in a constant state of evolution. From daytime coffee meet-ups, to evenings spent in great company Dust Temple will house you in a space unlike any other on the Coast. You are always welcome to return to Dust.

support our cause!

Find out how you can help support disadvantaged youth in Africa.