Create Art to Educate.

Pick up a brush or pencil and enter our 8×8 art competition.

100% of proceeds from the event will go to educating children in Developing Nations.
PLEASE NOTE Opening Night Attendees MUST be registered HERE prior to attending for COVID Safe reasons.

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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 starting on 31st October 2020.

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.


Opening Night Party

 31st October 2020  5-8pm

The Dust Temple, 54 Currumbin Creek Rd,

Currumbin Queensland

The 2020 Exhibition

 31st October – 5th November 2020

Sat-Sun 7am-1:30pm Mon-Fri 6:30am-3pm


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.

Rina's Story

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 percentage of profits supports the work in Mozambique.

A special thanks to…

Our main sponsors

We were once like you, wondering if it was possible to learn how to paint and draw and wanting to add some creativity to our lives. We didn’t know back then what we all know now….that anyone can learn to draw and paint with the right teaching and tools. That art would add the most social, exciting and rewarding experiences for a lifetime.
Contact us for workshops or retreat information.
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.

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.

Cherry Hood

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.

Manuela Pilz

Manuela has been a practising artist and teacher for more than thirty years working and exhibiting in the UK, Spain, and Australia. Her field of interest is life drawing and portraiture using oil or charcoal.

Lyn Diefenback

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.

Jan Lawnikanis

Jan’s beautifully presented work in various mediums has won many first prizes and other awards. Her commissions range from school theatre sets to a set for the QLD Conservatory of Music, 40 artworks for an apartment building, 15 artworks for an office floor…

Jenni Kelly

Jenni achieves a realistic expression in her creative freestyle painting leaving the viewer free to excise their own imagination. These paintings have an appealing sense of colour, freedom and movement with subjects close to nature. Jenni’ also a member of “Nature in the…

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