The Chaiya Art Awards 
are currently closed for entries


Top prize: The Chaiya Art Award £10,000
Public Choice: £1,000

plus seven ‘Judges Awards’ prizes of £500 each.

A selection from the longlisted finalists will be invited to exhibit
their submitted work as part of the exhibition.

For details of previous winners click here


Oxo Tower Wharf, Barge House St, London SE1 9PH

Selected artwork will need to be delivered and collected from venue on set days.

previous judges

Marcus is a British artist. He studied political science at Leeds University. He began his career in photography shooting commissions for Amnesty International in Latin America, Africa and Asia, and is now best known as a conceptual landscape and portraiture artist. He exhibits globally and his works on urban expansion, identity and mass migration are held in many private and public collections, including The Smithsonian Institution, MAM Rio, UK Arts Council Collection and the Art Institute of Chicago.

Marcus currently serves on the boards of Leaders Quest and Somerset House, one of Britain’s leading cultural institutes. He is the former chair of the think-tank and advocacy network the Consortium for Street Children, and a founder ambassador for Blesma, Home Start UK and  Photovoice. He and his Brazilian wife Bel currently live in London with their children Florence and Arthur.


Deborah Tompsett was the winner of the Chaiya Art Awards in 2018.  She is a Sussex-based artist with B.A Fine Art/Sculpture, whose work encompasses ceramics, sculpture and painting. Deborah is strongly committed to working within her community, collaborating with schools, care homes and inter-generational groups to create works together that reflect the uniqueness of each setting and its participants. Her personal artwork continues this engagement with the world and the people around her – their contribution often extending and enriching the narrative of each piece. She embraces the ‘accidental’ and experimental in the process of making art and uses the visual and tactile language of texture, colour, and light, to explore the idea of ‘the poetry of living space‘ (Mary Abbott).


Clive has been a freelance journalist for more than twenty-five years, mainly writing on the arts for The Times and Sunday Times. Other work has appeared in The Independent, Daily Express, New Statesman and The Weekly Standard. He has also written and presented Radio 4 documentaries.  Clive started his career at West Indian World newspaper in London before joining the BBC as a News Trainee.  He lives in Cookham and moved there because of his love of Stanley Spencer’s art.


Jonathan Evens is Associate Vicar for HeartEdge at St Martin-in-the-Fields. Through HeartEdge, a network of churches, he encourages congregations to engage with culture, compassion and commerce. He is also secretary to commission4mission, an arts charity which exists to encourage churches and other organisations to commission contemporary art. Before being ordained Jonathan worked in the Civil Service forming partnerships to support disabled people in finding or retaining work. Since ordination, he has been responsible for a wide range of arts events, exhibitions, installations and commissions, while also writing regularly on the visual arts for publications including Artlyst, ArtWay and Church Times, among others. He is co-author of ‘The Secret Chord,’ an impassioned study of the role of music in cultural life written through the prism of Christian belief.


Founder of the Chaiya Art Awards. Katrina has extensive experience in marketing and the Arts and has always been passionate about creativity. Katrina adheres to the beliefs that artistic expression is a multi-faceted gift that allows us to express the unutterable, glimpse mystery, explore the complexities of the human condition and discover ourselves and that the arts contain an intrinsic power to deeply move, challenge and engage our souls.

curator in 2021


Lesley Sutton is a curator and fibre based artist from Manchester. Trained in Fine Art, she is interested in religious and cultural rituals as sensory language and how contemporary forms of participatory art can be used within sacred spaces to create liminality. She has worked on creative reminiscence, interfaith and cultural heritage projects to support physical, emotional and spiritual development, with Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council funded projects and exhibitions across the North West.  Lesley is the founding director of PassionArt, a charity that explores the way art and faith impact our everyday lives.



Ann was born in Westminster, London.  She has a wide ranging professional experience encompassing organisational leadership, playwriting, screenwriting, radio magazine programme producing and presenting, special needs teaching, and contributes articles to books and magazines. She is a judge for the Off West End Awards (The Offies) and has been involved in the initiative (a labour of love) for ten years. She is the author of ‘Time to Live: The Beginner’s Guide to Saying Goodbye’ and as a speaker has spoken many times on the subject.  She wrote the first Chaiya Art Awards 2017 book ‘Where is God in our 21st Century World?’ – ‘one
of the highlights of my writing life’.  She is a passionate Street Pastor and lives in West London with her husband Steve ex Director of the Evangelical Alliance, near her beloved married children and adored grandchildren.



Artists will judged on:
Theme Interpretation
Originality and Technique
Emotional impact

"The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious.
It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science."
Albert Einstein
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