Isle of Man 2018 Students Prize

The Sovereign Art Foundation Students Prize launched in the Isle of Man for the first time in 2017 and the response was overwhelmingly positive. Artworks of high calibre were submitted, which is testament to the quality of young talent on the island.

All secondary schools and colleges in the Isle of Man are invited to nominate their best artworks produced by students within the current academic year. Students who are interested in participating should approach their teachers for more information. All artworks are assessed by a judging panel who will then shortlist 12 finalists. The finalists’ works will then be on display at a public exhibition in the Isle of Man. During this time, the public is invited to vote for their favourite piece and the top 3 artworks with the most public votes will be awarded the top 3 prizes. Additionally, an artwork with the highest combined judges’ score will be awarded a Judges prize.

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. At the same time it also aims to raise funds in aid of a local children’s charity, as well as The Sovereign Art Foundation and its many meaningful projects. Please click below for competition details in our Terms and Conditions.

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1st Prize | School wins £2,000 Student wins £1,000
2nd Prize | School wins £1,000 Student wins £500
3rd Prize | School wins £500 Student wins £250
Judges Prize | Student wins £1,000

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, please email

To find out more about previous Winners and Finalists, get latest competition news and updates, and/or to learn more about the local services provided, please follow The Sovereign Art Foundation Students Prizes page (@TheSovereignArtFoundationStudentsPrizes) and Sovereign Trust (Isle of Man) Limited on Facebook (@SovereignTrustIsleOfManLimited).

The judges for the Sovereign Art Foundation Students Prize, Isle of Man 2018 are:

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 also one of the exhibition curators at the Isle Gallery and art workshop instructors at Artreach Studios. Her work can be viewed at

Carola Rush 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, as well as several years as a freelance photographer.  She left the Sayle Gallery as a curator earlier this year and will be concentrating on teaching based at University College IOM. Carola’s commercial work can be viewed at

Christopher Arrowsmith has been a practising Manx advocate for 25 years and heads up the dispute resolution department of Simcocks.  He has an interest in all forms of art, particularly wildlife and sports photography. To find out more about his professional work, please visit

Gary Bennet is a contemporary emotive artist who takes his inspiration from his life’s journey.  He is also the official artist for BNTVA and has joined Sayle Gallery as a curator earlier this year. His work can be viewed at

Howard T. D. Bilton, Yorkshire-born businessman and Chairman and founder of The Sovereign Group and of the Sovereign Art Foundation.  He holds a joint honours degree in classics and law from the University of Keele and is qualified as a Barrister and called to the Bars of both England/Wales and Gibraltar. He is also appointed as visiting Professor at Texas A&M University School of Law. He makes wine in Portugal under the brand name Howard’s Folly. Find out more about Howard and SAF at

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 in 2015.  His work can be viewed at

Lesley Turnbull MBE is the founder of the Manx registered charities ‘Wish Upon a Dream’, the chosen charity SAF is supporting this year and ‘Remember Me’ which grants wishes for children with a terminally or seriously ill parent.  Lesley is also the Director of Optimal Events Limited which provides bespoke exclusive event management services, more details of Optimal Events can be found at

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 Maureen and her work can be found on FB @ maureenkennaughtextiles.

Sarah Hendy was the Artist in Residence at the Sayle Gallery, where she spent the year working towards her first solo exhibition: Mirabilis - a collection of ethereal dresses made of unusual and/or low-value materials.  She is now a producer/presenter at Manx Radio sharing her love of the creative arts through the station's Arts Council-sponsored Arts and Culture programme, Spotlight.  More about Sarah can be found at


Joanne Karran – Ballakermeen High School (website here)

Kristian Edwards – Castle Rushen High School (website here)

Stephen Kelly – King William’s College (website here

Vici Blackburn – Queen Elizabeth 2 High School (website here)  

Gerry Quinn & Stuart Curran – Ramsey Grammar School (website here

Stuart Mason – St. Ninian’s High School (website here

Adrian Cowin – University College Isle of Man (website here)


Open for Online Submissions - 1 May 2018

Close of Online Submissions - 29 June 2018

Exhibition Opening Night (by invitation only) - 7 September 2018

Public Exhibition & Voting - 8 September - 7 October 2018

Charity Fundraising Ball (ticketed event) – 17  November 2018

Awards Presentation Night (by invitation only) - 17 December 2018

Thank you to our 2018 sponsors

Sponsor for The Students Prize Booklet for the second year running, Simcocks.

Providing Event Photography for the second year running at both Exhibition Launch and Awards Night, Michaella Macdonald Photography.

Providing incredible entertainment at the Awards Night for the second year running, Dr. Draw is known as the first violinist to venture from rock and classical into electronic club culture.

Supporting  Wish Upon a Dream, a local charity that grants wishes to seriously or terminally ill children living on the Isle of Man.  The charity celebrates its 10th Anniversary, since the first wish was granted in 2008.  The founder of WUAD, Lesley Turnbull, was also one of four Isle of Man residents who have been recognised in the Queen’s birthday honours this year.  Lesley was awarded an MBE for her amazing charity work.