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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 20 Finalists. The top 20 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.

2020 Winners

Judges Prize

Paraskovia Podorvana

Public Vote Winner 2020

Cody Langley

Public Vote 2nd Prize 2020

Andrei Tabone

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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Sovereign Art Foundation Student Prize Malta & Gozo 2020

Published: April 30, 2020

For this year’s competition, the chosen theme was Joy and our participants were asked to show us their different interpretations through the language of art.

From the many submissions, 20 finalists were selected by our international judging panel formed by Howard Bilton (chairman of Sovereign Group), Stephen Griffiths (Sovereign Trust Malta Limited’s managing director), Laura Swale (Allura, Times of Malta), Caroline Miggiani (art historian), Dominique Ciancio (artist), James Vella Clark (artist). As well, our judges, were in charge to choose the winner of the Judges’ Prize.

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Malta’s got talent

Published: 2nd March 2020

Voting opens today to decide the people’s favourites in the Sovereign Student Art Prize for Malta and Gozo. Who will win the big cash prizes? The choice is yours. The Sunday Times of Malta talks to Sovereign Group Malta CEO Stephen Griffiths about the competition to find Malta’s most promising teenage artists, and gets some tips on how to pick your winners.

We are now in the third year of the Sovereign Student Art Prize and the finalists have been shortlisted. Having seen the competition evolve over time, how does this year’s edition compare with previous years?

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