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Thursday, 21 May 2020

Chaiya Art Awards winner & on-line exhibition

Katrina Moss who lives in Hordle and is founder of Chaiya Art Awards, has let us know about this year's winner & her 3D virtual exhibition:

During this Coronavirus crisis, many tears are being shed - for the loss of loved ones; for isolation from friends and family; for incomes cut overnight and for the uncertain future we all face.

Thousand Bottles of Tears
by Deborah Tompsett
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‘A thousand bottles of tears’ by Deborah Tompsett was the winner (£10,000) of the Chaiya Art Awards, the UK's largest national competition exploring spirituality through the visual arts.

Inspired by the small vessels used in ancient times to collect tears as a mark of respect during mourning, these hand-thrown individual ceramic bottles symbolise emotions of joy, love, sorrow and remembrance. Each pot is formed from a heart sized lump of clay, from the smallest baby to the largest adult.

This artwork (chosen from over 450 submissions) along with 36 other thought-provoking pieces including painting, drawing, sculpture, glass, textiles, photography and video is available to view online for the first time in a 3D Virtual exhibition “Where is God in our 21st Century World?”

'Really interesting, thought provoking works of art' – BBC1 South Today News.

To view the exhibition; please click here.

Chaiya Art Awards Founder Katrina Moss who lives in Hordle, says “Art can play such an important role in our current situation, to calm the soul, to challenge our perspectives and world views, to inspire and encourage us, to engage with creativity and the mystery within.” 

Visitors can also vote for their favourite piece and the winning artist will receive £500. This curated and juried exhibition is available online until 30 June 2020.

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