The biggest biennial art awards in the UK exploring spirituality and faith through the visual arts is open for submissions until 18th October 2019. 

The aim of the biennial Chaiya Art Awards is to engage, inspire and reward artists (professional, amateur, art students and community groups) working across many different mediums.

The awards are open to any artist and cover all mediums, including painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, glass, textiles, mixed media, photography and video. An additional category for Community Groups is also available this year, allowing groups to submit a collaborative piece, and artists are invited to be ‘authentic and daring’ as they respond to the theme of ‘GOD is...’  

The organisers also state that the competition is open to ‘people of all faiths, to those who have no belief in God, and to everyone in-between’. It is said that this opportunity to showcase visual art is about continuing an age-old conversation in a modern setting through contemporary eyes. 

The winners exhibition will take place at London’s prestigious South Bank [email protected] from 10th19th April 2020.

The first Chaiya Art Awards proved hugely popular, with over 450 entries and more than 2,700 exhibition visitors.

A respected panel will anonymously judge entries on originality and technical excellence, theme interpretation and emotional impact.

To get a flavour of the first awards, a two-minute film is available which also includes details on the awards, judging panel, criteria and how to enter. To view the film, and for more information, please click here.