Isle of Man Students Prize

The Sovereign Art Foundation Students Prize launches in the Isle of Man for the first time in 2017. We are inviting teachers from secondary schools in the Isle of Man to nominate three of the best artworks produced by students within the academic year.

All artworks are viewed by a judging panel who then shortlist 12 finalists. The finalists’ works will then be exhibited publicly in Douglas, Isle of Man, where the public are invited to vote on their favourite piece. As selected by the public, there will be 3 prizes awarded to the works with the most public votes: Winner, 1st runner-up and 2nd runner-up.

The Sovereign Art Foundation Students Prize aims to celebrate the importance of art in the education system and recognise the quality of art that can be produced by students in the Isle of Man.

The Isle of Man Students Prize has chosen to support Rebecca House because of its vital role in the local community. Rebecca House, the Children’s Hospice at Hospice Isle of Man opened in November 2007 to provide respite, palliative and end of life care for children with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions from birth to 18 years, as well as support for their families in their time of need. Funds raised will go towards Rebecca House’s many operations and facilities such as the fully furnished en-suite bedrooms, a separate adapted bathroom and wet room, multi-sensory room and the Rainbow Room. Please click here to visit their website and learn more about their vital work.

Please click below for more details on our Terms and Conditions.

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1ST | £1,000 2ND | £500 3RD | £250 Judges Prize | £1,000


1ST | £2,000 2ND | £1,000 3RD | £500

The top 3 and Judges Prize winners will be awarded a Prize Winner Certificate and the relevant Cash Prize while the remaining Finalists will be awarded a Finalist Certificate. For more information about The Sovereign Art Foundation Students Prize, Isle of Man, email SAFIOM@SOVEREIGNGROUP.COM

The judges for the Sovereign Art Foundation Students Prize, Isle of Man 2017 are (in alphabetical order by last name):

Dave Armstrong, Founder/Director of Isle of Man Film Festival since 2013 and a member of the Arts Council since 2016.  Dave is also the Director/Producer of DAM Productions Ltd since 1988.  His projects include Message from the Bottle, Mae Challis – Album and Roger Dean – Not Just a YES man documentary.  His work The Watchmaker's Apprentice has been highly acclaimed winning the prestigious REMI award at the 2015 WORLDFEST in Houston.

Julia Ashby, BA (Hons) degree in Multi-Disciplinary Design.  Julia is a Commercial Illustrator & Curator at the Hodgson Loom Gallery.  Her work can be viewed on her website

Howard Bilton, Founder of the Sovereign Art Foundation and Chairman of the Sovereign Group.

Margaret Buchanan, talented upcoming artist just graduated from the University College Isle of Man this year.  Her work was recently shown at the Sayle Gallery in August this year.

Anna Clucas, BA (Hons) degree in Ceramics and Printmaking. Anna is an Artist, Exhibition Curator and Art Workshop Instructor at the Isle Gallery.  Her work can be viewed at

Anne Mills, Chief Executive of Hospice Isle of Man.  Anne has previous experience at National, Board and Strategic level in the NHS in Wales and as Policy Lead for Cancer and Palliative Care in the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety in Northern Ireland prior to joining third sector.

Simon Park, BA (Hons) degree in Scientific and Technical Graphics.  Simon currently lives and works in the Isle of Man as a Professional Photographer specialising in Fine Art, commercial and wedding photography.  His work can be viewed on his website

Carola Rush, BA (Hons) degree in Visual Communication.  Carola started her career as Gallery Educator in Contemporary Art Gallery in Cambridge and has also worked as a Professional Photographer for 13 years with Manx National Heritage.  She is currently the curator at the Sayle Gallery.  Her work can be viewed at

Michael Sandle (Head Judge), renowned British sculptor and is our Lead Judge in case of a tie in scores this year. Michael studied at Douglas School of Art and Technology, Isle of Man from 1951 to 1954 and the Slade School of Fine Art, London from 1956 to 1959.   He has exhibited in numerous group exhibitions in Britain and internationally including the 5th Paris Biennale, 4th and 6th Documenta and Sao Paulo Biennale.  More can be found out about Michael on

To be confirmed. Please check this page again later.


2017 Prize launch – January, 2017

Deadline for entries – September 5, 2017

Shortlisted works announced –September 15, 2017

Launch of Exhibition & Private Viewing – October 13, 2017

Public Vote and Exhibition in Douglas – October 14 – November 12, 2017

Award Ceremony  –December 15, 2017

The Isle of Man Students Prize is proud to support local charity, Rebecca House.


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Gallery Catalogue proudly sponsored by Simcocks, Isle of Man.