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Sunday, 9 June 2019

ArtWay & Artlyst: Chaiya Art Awards & Waterloo Festival

My latest art articles highlight two excellent, but very different, art and faith initiatives.

The Chaiya Art Awards 2018 proved hugely popular, with over 450 entries and more than 2,700 exhibition visitors. Awards founder Katrina Moss says, in an interview published by ArtWay, ‘I set up the project to uncover and promote gifted artists looking to explore spirituality, faith and social change through their creativity. It was a delight to see that fulfilled in the artwork we received in 2018.’

The Chaiya Art Awards is open to any artist and covers all mediums including painting, drawing sculpture, ceramics, glass, textiles, mixed media, photography and video. Entrants are invited to be authentic and daring as they respond to the theme ‘God is …’. There are other cash prizes as well as the main £10,000 award, including £1,000 for the Public’s Choice from the gallery exhibition. A new category for Community Groups, who can submit a collaborative piece, has also been introduced.

The culmination will be an exhibition over Easter 2020 at London’s prestigious gallery@oxo. Consisting of all shortlisted entrants it will run from 10 to 19 April 2020.

The Waterloo Festival was launched by St. John’s Waterloo as a means of celebrating and reaching out to the local community and the broader audience of London through a focus on arts and heritage. This year’s theme, ‘Transforming Being’, continues a five-year journey of transformation, diving deep into the synergies between well-being and creativity. It’s all about connecting people and ideas, creating bridges between the artistic life of the area and of those who live, work and study in it.

My latest article for Artlyst focuses on the three exhibitions The London Group have organised for The Waterloo Festival 2019. The London Group was set up in 1913 by thirty-two artists including Walter Sickert, Jacob Epstein, Wyndham Lewis, David Bomberg, and Henri Gaudier Brzeska. Their three exhibitions showcase the diversity of members’ practices by focusing on sculpture, photography and moving images.


Soul Sanctuary Gospel Choir - Bridge Over Troubled Water.

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