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The Chaiya Art Awards 
are open for entries NOW


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

plus other prizes to be announced

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.


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).


Mark Oakley is a British Church of England priest and he is Dean of St John’s College, Cambridge.  Mark was a former residentiary canon of St Paul’s Cathedral where he was responsible for the visual arts policy and oversaw the two permenant Bill Viola video installations Martyrs in 2014 and Mary in 2016.  The installations are the first moving-image works to be installed permanently in a cathedral in Britain, where the the two works engage with a multi-national, multi-denominational audience, in keeping with a spiritual environment visited annually by millions of people of all faiths and those of none.

Mark interests are the relationship between faith and poetry, human rights and the language and place of faith in the contemporary world. In 2019 he was one of the judges of the Ted Hughes Award for new work in poetry.  He is the author of several books, is a regular lecturer and broadcaster and is a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at King’s College London. He is a trustee of the Civil Liberties Trust, an ambassador for Stop Hate UK and a patron of Tell MAMA.


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.


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.



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.


How will you respond?
The judges will be looking for originality and technical excellence.  We ask you be authentic and daring.


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

who can enter


From professionals, students, amateurs, individuals and community groups.

how to enter

Click the Zealous link 

To read the Terms and Conditions click here.

The 2nd Chaiya Art Awards closes 18 October 2019.  
To submit your artwork – you still have: 


Like we said, there aren’t any.

Chaiya Art Awards will accept all artistic mediums that gallery@oxo can display.

"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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