The Malta Independent 21 April 2024, Sunday
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Sovereign launches 7th annual Art Foundation Students Prize

Thursday, 29 February 2024, 10:31 Last update: about 3 months ago

Sovereign Art Foundation Students Prize Malta & Gozo was established seven years ago and is now a firm and recognized event on the school calendar. This competition aims to celebrate the importance of art in the education system and recognize the quality of work which can be produced by local students. All local secondary schools and colleges in Malta and Gozo were invited to participate, by nominating and submitting the best artworks produced by its students.

From a record of submissions this year, 20 finalists have been selected and exhibited.

This year we will be exhibiting the finalists' pieces at the Hilton Hotel & Resort St. Julian's from 1 to 27 March, where the public can vote for their favorite artwork which forms the and Public Vote Winner.

The artist behind the public vote winner piece will win €300 and, his/her school win €800 to be destined to the school's Art Department or the creation of one. Voting can also be done through our website.

The competition has an international panel of judges which will select The Judge's Prize. The student producing this art piece will receive €500 and the school €1,500.

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

Since its inception, the Foundation's Art award has become the largest in Asia, and the charity has raised over $10 million for artists and charities worldwide.

SAF also runs a series of Students Prizes, annual awards that celebrate the importance of art in the education system and recognize 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.

"Following our hugely successful 6th annual art prize Sovereign Trust in Malta is again very proud to support The Sovereign Art Foundation", said Stephen Griffiths, Managing Director of Sovereign Trust (Malta) Limited. "We continue to see an increase in interest in the prize and again, a record number of participants. The prize continues to provide an international platform with which to showcase art from talented students across Malta and Gozo. We are delighted to be involved with the 7th annual Schools Art Prize for Malta and Gozo. It has now become a tradition and a firm fixture on the Malta arts calendar, and we anticipate that the prize will continue to grow in scale and popularity. Art continues to play a vital role in fostering creativity and building confidence within young adults. The Foundation aims to use the prize to encourage artistic talent and showcase the efforts of those talented students in Malta, Gozo and beyond. The Sovereign Art Foundation in Malta is also proud to have been able to support local charity, Camp Willingness by sponsoring disadvantaged children thus enabling them to participate in their art rehabilitation programs."

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