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The Sovereign Art Foundation Students Prize was established in the Isle of Man in 2017 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 school and be nominated by their teacher.

All submitted artworks are viewed online by a judging panel of local art professionals, who select a shortlist of Finalists. The Finalists’ works are exhibited and the judges attend for a second round of voting, in person, to choose their winner. In parallel, the public are invited to vote on their favourite piece (online and at the exhibition). The following prizes are awarded to the winning artists and their schools (where applicable):

  • Judges’ Prize Winner
  • Judges’ Runner-up
  • Public Prize Winner

There will also be fundraising activities in aid of the Sovereign Art Foundation and a local charity. This may include the sale of merchandise, a charity raffle and auctioning of the winning artworks with permission from the artists.

For further details view the Competition Terms and Conditions here.

Key Dates

Submission period:
24 May – 15 July

Finalists notified by:
Monday 2 September

Finalists’ Exhibition:
19 Oct – 18 Nov, Youth Arts Centre, Kensington Road, Douglas, Isle of Man, IM1 3EG

Awards ceremony (invitation only):
9 December, 2nd Floor Sovereign House, 4 Christian Road, Douglas, Isle of Man, IM1 2SD

Judging Panel

Maureen Kennaugh

Maureen Kennaugh is an unconventional artist who ‘paints with needle, stitch and thread’ using largely free motion machine stitch, densely stitching to build up texture and detail using multiple colours and shades. She has designed for magazines such as ‘Classic Stitches’ and ‘Needlework’ before completing a City & Guilds Diploma in Stitched Textless. More about […]

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Jeremy Paul

Jeremy Paul who was trained as a marine biologist is a completely self-taught artist who works in acrylics to accurately portray wildlife in its environment. Jeremy’s highly acclaimed work was awarded the BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year Category Winner in 2010-2012 as well as the National Exhibition of Wildlife Art – British Wildlife Award […]

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Irini Newby

Irini Newby is a director of one of the most prestigious law firms on the Isle of Man, Simcocks Advocates, celebrating its 70th anniversary this year. Irini heads up the firm’s Corporate & Commercial department and her client base ranges from major high street banks, large PLCs and boutique private enterprise to individual gaming companies […]

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Howard Bilton

Howard Bilton is Chairman and founder of The Sovereign Group – one of the world’s largest privately owned consultancies specialising in the provision of offshore trusts and companies and associated international tax advice. Howard holds a joint honours BA degree in classics and law from the University of Keele and is qualified as a Barrister […]

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Eve Adams

Eve Adams is a multidisciplinary artist, craftsperson and illustrator who graduated from the University of Derby in 2004 with a first class BA Honours degree in Sustainable Design and Practice. Sustainability has remained of great importance to her and she uses recycled, re-purposed or natural materials wherever possible in her three-dimensional work, and focuses on […]

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Carola Rush

Carola Rush started her career as a Gallery Educator in a Contemporary Art Gallery in Cambridge. After moving to the Isle of Man, Carola worked as a professional photographer for Manx National Heritage, followed by several years as a freelance photographer. More recently, Carola worked as curator for the Sayle Gallery and currently teaches photography […]

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Anna Clucas

Anna Clucas, a freelance artist with a BA (Hons) degree in ceramics and printmaking from the University of Wolverhampton, who is mostly known for her large contemporary oil paintings that uses vivid colours and confident brush strokes to integrate landscape and abstraction with the idea of freedom and improvisation. Anna is a fantastic teacher and […]

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Charity Partner

Youth Arts Isle of Man is a charity that is passionate about promoting art and culture for the benefit of the people of the Isle of Man. Youth Arts has a particular focus on supporting the valuable work of staff at the Youth Arts Centre in Kensington Road to help young people realise their potential through art and culture.

The Youth Arts Centre is a part of the Department of Education, Sport and Culture. The YAC offer arts activities for young people aged 8 and above, including live music project SoundCheck and the National Theatre Connections drama programme. It offers classes and workshops after school and during school holidays and often takes part in off-island festivals and competitions.  You can find out more about Youth Arts here www.youth-arts.im

Youth Arts Isle of Man is a registered charity no. 1176 in the Isle of Man.

Supporting Organisations


Sovereign student art work on display
Isle of Man Today

Voting for one of the biggest student art awards in the island comes to a close next week. The Sovereign Student Art Prize 2019 is currently displaying Read more