Welcome to Charity!

The Sovereign Art Foundation Students Prize was established in Malta and Gozo 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 either secondary or post-secondary institutions and be seventeen or under at the time of entry.

All submitted artworks are viewed online by a judging panel of local art professionals, who shortlist 12 Finalists. The top 12 Finalists’ works are exhibited, and the judges attend for a second round of voting, in person, to select 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:

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

For further details view the Competition Terms and Conditions here.

Key Dates

Submission period:
16 December 2019 – 10 January 2020

Finalists notified by:
7 February

Finalists’ Exhibitions:
2–28 March

Awards ceremony (invitation only):
23 April, Palazzo de la Salle

Judging Panel

James Vella Clark

Born in 1975, James Vella Clark’s artistic debut took place in 2001 followed by several solo exhibitions in Malta, and abroad, namely in Germany

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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

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Caroline Miggiani

Caroline Miggiani graduated from the University of Malta in 2012 with a first-class degree in History of Art. In 2017 she was awarded a Master’s

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Dominique Ciancio

Born in Malta in 1983, Dominique works as a freelance artist between Malta and Norway. After graduating in History of Art and Philosophy at the

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Laura Swale

Laura Swale is a former UK secondary school art teacher and head of department of fifteen years. Following her relocation to Malta

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Stephen Griffiths

Stephen Griffiths is Managing Director of Sovereign Pension Services Limited and of Sovereign Trust (Malta) Limited. Stephen has worked in the financial

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