One of the great things about working in the realms of Christianity and the arts is that you get to connect with some very interesting and inspirational people. The other day, I got to add Katrina Moss to this ever growing list. Katrina has just launched the Chaiya Arts Awards, which is an open submission arts exhibition, in a fantastic venue and with a series of very appealing incentives. Seriously peeps you don’t want to miss out on this one. Katrina over to you…
Hi Katrina, please introduce yourself…
I like to try everything and believe life should be lived to the full. My career has been varied, but my skill base falls into three main categories, event management, selling and design. I have run big projects from producing a feature film; implementing large healthcare projects to starting local craft fayres. The selling and design skills have complimented and enabled the management side. Administrative skills are of paramount importance as you need skills and vision to think outside of the box, take studied risks and aim high to get big projects off the ground and complete them on time and on budget. Very similar to those artists require.
Passionate about God, I love finding new, exciting and relevant ways to encourage others. I believe creativity is embedded in all of us, but for some it is a precious gift and craft that needs to be opened, honed and used to glorify God.
You have just launched the Chaiya Arts Awards. Talk us through it. What is it and who is it for?
The Chaiya Art Awards is the UK’s newest theme based biennial art awards with a top prize of £10,000. The awards and exhibition will be held at London’s prestigious gallery@oxo on the busy Southbank riverside and will celebrate inspiring art on the first intriguing theme: Where is God in our 21st century world?
It’s about continuing an age old conversation with an age old medium, in a modern setting through contemporary eyes. It’s about asking a big question and looking for inspiration from the wealth of our nation’s creatives.
How did you get the idea for this project?
I was at New Wine conference in 2016 and was inspired through a number of things, including a piece of art (which I bought), a book I read and my mother’s death to cancer, to ask God for a fresh vision for this time in my life, and the vision for these awards was born.
I know that the plan is to run these awards for several years. Fast forward to 2028, by then, what do you hope will be different because of the awards?
I would like to think that the Chaiya Art Awards would play its part and return spirituality back into the mainstream art arena. We would uncover some gifted and visionary new artists and perhaps kickstart or highlight their careers. This would be accepted as a credible and significant event in the art calendar.
So can you give some tips as to what you’re looking for? Not wanting to give anyone an unfair advantage (okay, then, just a little) but how can the Sputnik readers maximise the chances of getting the prize?
Degas said “Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” I would encourage all participants to mine the depths of their imagination and fly creatively. The judges will be looking for originality, technical excellence and emotional impact. Be authentic and be daring.
You can submit fine art to graffiti, mixed media to textile art, sculpture in any medium, 2D, 3D, video, photography. The art categories are simple. There are none. Your piece can be in any artistic medium but must be able to be displayed in the gallery. You can submit whether a professional, student, amateur, individual or a group. Be sure to consider the theme and the constraints of the gallery@oxo first. Visit the website at www.chaiyaartawards.co.uk and secure your place.
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Thanks Katrina. You’ll be hearing much more about this from us at Sputnik, but the deadline for submissions is 31st January 2018, so if you want a head start, I’d get to work.