Seeing the Soul

Hoofbeats Sanctuary Art Prize and Exhibition

A charitable event in support of mental health


To Seeing The Soul

Inaugural event: April 2023

Hoofbeats Sanctuary is a mental health charity on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. The sanctuary is a safe, restorative space that brings people, animals and nature together to improve the emotional well-being of some of the most vulnerable members of our community – those living with mental health challenges resulting from trauma. Equine therapy programs are a key part of our work. 

Our community is currently facing a mental health crisis. Demand for program places is growing rapidly and we are currently unable to keep up with that demand. We need to train more program facilitators and to offer more program places. A significant funding boost is required to achieve that.

Seeing the Soul: Hoofbeats Sanctuary Art Prize and Exhibition is a major fundraising initiative to support and promote the Sanctuary’s work by celebrating and showcasing equine art. In 2023, the inaugural event will be held at Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre from 31 March to 30 April 2023.

With 42 local and interstate artists submitting 75 incredible artworks this will be an absolutely amazing exhibition! We have been overwhelmed at the generosity of our artists.

Art Prize

Hoofbeats Sanctuary invited artists to submit works in competition for Seeing the Soul: Hoofbeats Sanctuary Art Prize and Exhibition in the following categories:

  • Painting & Drawing
  • Sculpture / 3D
  • Photography

Key Dates

  • Entries closed: midnight Tuesday 28 February 2023
  • Artworks to be delivered: Tuesday 28 March 2023
  • Exhibition Installation: Wednesday 29 March and Thursday 30 March 2023
  • Exhibition Opening Night: Friday 31 March 2023
  • Exhibition Open to Public: Saturday 1 April to Sunday 30 April 2023
  • People’s Choice votes close: Friday 28 April 2023
  • People’s Choice Prize Awarded: Saturday 29 April 2023
  • Silent Auction Closes: Sunday 30 April 2023
  • Unsold consignment works to be collected: Monday 1 May 2023.

Our Sponsors

Gold Event Partner

Prize Sponsors

Exhibition Space Sponsor