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The Sovereign Art Foundation Students Prize was established in Guernsey in 2015 and seeks to inspire and reward young artists in the community. It aims to encourage cultural development and celebrate the importance of art in the education system by recognising the quality of artwork that can be produced by talented, young students.

Entrants must be enrolled at secondary educational institutions. All submitted artworks are viewed online by a judging panel of local art professionals and some international counterparts, who shortlist up to 20 Finalists. The Finalists’ works are exhibited, and judges attend for a second round of voting, in person, to select their winners. In parallel, the public are invited to vote on their favourite piece (online and at the exhibitions). In this way, the Judges’ Prize winners and a Public Prize winner are selected. Prizes are awarded to the winning artists in the following categories:

  • Overall Winner
  • Judges’ Prize Winner
    • Key Stage 5
    • Key Stage 4
  • Public Prize Winner (separate to Judges’ winners)

Other prizes have also been added:

  • Act for Guernsey Scholarship Awards
    • 2 x winners
    • Key Stage 5 runner up
    • Key Stage 4 runner up
  • Merit Award
  • School’s Prize
    • Winner
    • Runner up

The much-coveted School’s Prize looks at where the shortlisted students are studying; the overall level of quality and activity in the age groups the schools cater for is considered when awarding the Schools Prize.

The Finalists’ artworks can also be auctioned to the public (with permission from the artist), proceeds of which are divided, 50:50, between the artists and the Sovereign Art Foundation’s charitable activities.

For further details view the Competition Terms and Conditions here.

Key Dates

Submission period:
12 July – 5 September

Finalists notified by:
1 October

Finalists’ Exhibitions:
4 October – 17 December

Awards ceremony (invitation only):
17 December


OSA Pop Up Shop, Smith St. 4 – 10 October
Beau Sejour Foyer 12 – 22 October
Guernsey Airport 24 October – 5 November
Level 2, Princess Elizabeth Hospital 7 November – 5 December
Martel Maides Auction Rooms 22 – 27 November
George Crossan Gallery, Inner Market 7 – 17 December

Judging Panel

Jonathan Voak

Fine Art Dealer, Atelier

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Stephen Hare

Managing Director
Sovereign Trust (Channel Islands) Limited

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Louise Lawton


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James Colmer


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David Ummels

Founder, Art for Guernsey

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John Hodgson

Former head of legal, Sovereign Group

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Howard Bilton

Founder and Chairman
The Sovereign Art Foundation

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Supporting Organisations

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