Malta Students Prize

The Sovereign Art Foundation Students Prize, Malta aims to encourage and provide a forum to promote the work of aspiring artists and to promote art and creativity in schools while also raising awareness of the plight of disadvantaged children both in Malta and abroad.

The Prize is open to all students aged between 14-17 of all secondary and post-secondary schools on Malta and Gozo. Students should not have attained their eighteenth birthday by 11 January, 2019. Artworks must be submitted by the schools and each schools must submit no more than its best five entries. A select panel of judges will shortlist 12 finalists and then 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners will be chosen from those 12.

Judges Prize

School wins     €2,000.00
Student wins   €500.00

Public Vote Prize, 1st

School wins     €600.00
Student wins   €250.00

Public Vote Prize, 2nd

School wins     €400.00
Student wins   €100.00


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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 service industry for many years both in the United Kingdom, Gibraltar and in Malta where he has lived with his family for more than 10 years. Prior to leaving the UK Stephen worked as a management consultant for one of the UK’s largest service providers and before that as a marketing and advertising consultant in print media and television. “As early as I can remember art has always played an important role in my life. My grandfather was a very talented artist and passed on a love of art to me. I am therefore honoured to be part of something that helps encourage that same love of art in others.” – Stephen Griffiths.


Laura Swale

Laura is an artist and former secondary school art teacher and head of department of fifteen years. Now an entrepreneur, she is currently developing new businesses in the Arts in Malta. These are Allura: Malta Open Art Studios, designated to be Malta’s pilot social enterprise, and the MACC: the Malta Arts and Culture Club, a creative hub for those who love all things cultural and Arts-related. Her background is in the visual arts, namely fine art, illustration, textiles, printmaking, digital art and graphic design. She is also working towards a Post-graduate Diploma in Interior Design. Her creative ventures draw upon her wide and varied artistic background and range of creative skills tin order to drive innovation and change in an industry she is passionate about. She has also previously worked in galleries and exhibitions, office management, publishing and retail, and has a background in events and project management. Her people-facing teaching career has given her a vast amount of presentation experience, upon which she now draws for the networking, public relations and marketing aspects of her new enterprises. These are driven by a passion for the Arts and for Malta itself, which she has come to love since relocating in April 2016. These projects are motivated by a desire to support, promote and celebrate the Arts and to drive constructive change in the creative sectors, so that the Maltese Arts and cultural sectors might evolve alongside social, economic and environmental change. Laura is also a French speaker. Her creative portfolio can be viewed at


Robert Zahra

An art practitioner and teacher/lecturer, Robert Zahra views these two fields as interconnected, on-going experimental processes. His personal artistic projects ensured his involvement in subjects such as the urban environment and the human body. He works mainly within the realms of painting and drawing, and the connection between the two. Throughout his creative career, Zahra also presented projects in other media including sculpture, environmental interventions and photography.

Robert read Art Education at Masters level at the University of Malta and painting at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, Milan. Zahra presented his work in a number of solo and collective exhibitions held in Malta, Italy and India. In 2007 and 2011 he participated in Bodies, and his work was on show in Stemperando Biennale 5a Edizione (Torino-Cosenza-Roma). Mkejjen (2009), Liquid Hybrid (2012) and Moving Lands (2017) were three main solo exhibitions. In other events, such as Dixx (2013) he collaborated with other artists with different artistic backgrounds.


Dominique Ciancio

1983 Born in Malta. Works as a freelance artist between Malta and Norway. After graduating in History of Art and Philosophy at the University of Malta in 2004, he worked with theatre and film. In 2005 he joined the Art Department at Universal Studios Inc. and worked on productions with notable film directors such as Steven Spielberg. At the age of 26 he moved on to painting full time while living for 5 years in Oslo, Norway. Gradually he shifted his creative focus to a series of interdisciplinary projects combining picture and sound art. Some notable collaborations with UK sound artist Justin Wiggan include The Idiot, Factotum, USA in 2013 and Sword Fighting Jazz, Birmingham, UK in 2014. Other solo projects: 2008 WIRE, Schonings Gate Oslo, Norway / 2010 The Curious, Cittadella, Gozo Malta / 2011 Silent Pulses, Palazzo Ferreria, Malta / 2013 Malerier, Galleri Taide, Telemark, Norway / 2014 UNPACK - a visio-phonic experience at Pjazza Teatru Rjal, Valletta, Malta / Semartilma - Dissolving Borders at Arte Gallery, Gozo / In 2015 selected to create seven murals for Esplora Interactive Science Centre, Bighi, Malta / 2016 saw his collaboration with Spright-Art, on AJITP, The Hague, Netherlands.


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 degree in the same discipline.  Her main research interests include art produced during the First and Second World Wars and 20th century British artists who have a connection with Malta. Miggiani has recently published her first book entitled The Official Colours of War which spotlights the Malta sojourn of British war artist Leslie Cole in 1943. She has also written articles for local publications including Treasures of Malta and Melita Historica and is currently curating a second art exhibition.


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- He currently lives and works in Hong Kong.

Howard holds a joint honours BA degree in classics and law from the University of Keele and is qualified as a Barrister and called to the Bars of England/Wales and Gibraltar. He is a regular contributor of articles to The Telegraph and Financial Times. He is a visiting non-resident professor at Texas A and M University where he assists with their LLM and Masters degrees in International Tax and Offshore Centres. In 2003 he formed The Sovereign Art Foundation Limited which is a charity registered in Hong Kong, Singapore, Guernsey, South Africa and the UK. SAF has raised over US$6 million which has been used to help many thousands of disadvantaged children using art as a means of rehabilitation and education. See He is the principal of Hillvalley Limited which since 2005 has been making wine in Portugal which is sold throughout the world under the “Howard’s Folly” brand name. See


Submission period  – Monday 10 December, 2018 – Friday 11 January, 2019

Schools notified of shortlist – Friday 8 February, 2019

Exhibitions – 4 - 30 March, 2019

 Online voting period – 4 - 31 March, 2019

 Awards Ceremony (location to be announced)  – Thursday 11 April, 2019

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