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The Blake Society has established two prizes that challenge artists and poets to investigate ideas and issues surrounding spiritual thought and religion in contemporary art and literature:
The Blake Prize – established in 1951 is an open art prize that challenges artists to explore the religious and spiritual in art. It is open to all faiths, artistic styles and media.
The Blake Poetry Prize – was established in 2008 in partnership with the NSW Writers’ Centre and sponsored by Leichhardt Council. An open poetry prize, for works of 100 lines or less, that encourages Australian poets to engage in the dialogue between religion, spirituality and poetry.
Why Art and Poetry?
The Blake Society takes its name from William Blake, as an artist of undoubted genius, seemed to belong to no school and succeeded in integrating religious and artistic content in his work. The Society aims to encourage artists of disparate styles, religious and spiritual allegiances to create significant works of art and poetry.