THE 8×8 ART COMPETITION
8×8 is an art competition with amazing prizes created by 16 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 16 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 Tanzania. 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.
Our art exhibition is now in its third year and funds a scholarship program allowing girls in Mozambique and Tanzania access to an education from Primary school to the completion of University. This ensures we have women in the positions to effect change within their community.
We have also assisted in the rebuild of a school for 2000 students in Mozambique (I have been able to facilitate the donation of 105 Surface Pro computers, school supplies, building material, furniture and tools).
We are setting up some micro businesses, to provide entrepreneurial opportunities for girls.
I have been fortunate to have these activities recognised by the local and international community. I was the Leadership HQ Student Leader of the year in 2020, AMP Change Maker 2020, WIBBA Empowering Young Women 2019, 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 honoured 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.