Competition highlights importance of art in education

Seventh annual Sovereign Art Foundation Students Prize launched
Devozzjoni by Ylenia Schembri, G.F. Abela Junior College

Sovereign Trust (Malta) Limited, part of the worldwide Sovereign Group, in association with The Sovereign Art Foundation, has launched the seventh annual Sovereign Art Foundation Students Prize in Malta.

The competition aims to celebrate the importance of art in the education system and recognise the quality of work which can be produced by local students.

All local secondary schools and colleges in Malta and Gozo are being invited to participate, by nominating and submitting 10 of the best artworks produced by its students aged 11 to 18. Of these works, 20 pieces will be shortlisted, and two winners will be chosen, along with their corresponding schools.

All entries will be viewed by an international judging panel, which will consist of Howard Bilton, chairman of the Sovereign Group, and Stephen Griffiths, managing director of Sovereign Trust (Malta) Limited, along with local artists Laura Swale and Christine Porter Lofaro, and art collector Frank Yu.

What’s Happening by Gaia Sophie Micallef, St Aloysius College

The judges and the public will select two winners by either voting online, or at exhibitions of the shortlisted works which will be held in Malta.

The two winners will win monetary prizes for themselves and their schools, which will be presented at an award ceremony to be held in April 2024.

Entries will be accepted from December 11 to January 19, 2024.

The Sovereign Art Foundation (SAF) is a charitable organisation that was founded in 2003 by Howard Bilton, to recognise and promote contemporary art talent around the world, and bring the benefits of expressive arts to less fortunate children.

The foundation runs a series of student prizes, annual awards that celebrate the importance of art in the education system, and recognise the quality of artworks produced by secondary school students across the world.

The first SAF Students Prize was established in 2012 in Hong Kong, followed by Guernsey, Bahrain, Singapore, Mauritius, Portugal, the Isle of Man, Malta and Gozo, Gibraltar and London.

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