The Sovereign Art Foundation Mauritius Students Prize aims to celebrate the importance of art in the education system and to recognise the quality of art that can be produced by young students. We believe that art plays a vital role in fostering creativity and building confidence within young adults and is sometimes under emphasised in schools.
Established in 2016, the Prize invites secondary schools in Mauritius to select three students to submit one art work each to represent their school. Each school’s chosen art work is then entered into the Prize, where a select panel of judges will shortlist 20 finalists and then 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners will be chosen from those 20. The winning artworks will be announced on 21 May 2018.
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Charlie d'Hotman - Artist and Founder of Imaaya Art Gallery
Born in 1980, Charlie d’Hotman is a Mauritian and British artist. After completing the Diploma in Foundation Studies (Art and Design) at Central St Martins College of Art and Design, London; Charlie pursued her studies in Byam Shaw College of Art, London, and graduated with a BA (Hons) in Fine Arts in 2002.
Charlie has long been devoted to promoting arts and art education in Mauritius. Following her graduation in 2002, Charlie has been art teacher in different studios and schools, nurturing local young talents in Mauritius. In 2008, she founded Imaaya Art Gallery – a contemporary art space for creative encounters for artists and art lovers in Mauritius. Charlie actively supports different artists and designers, by curating more than 50 exhibitions, art projects and collaborations. Along with the gallery, a creative boutique was established to support and promote crafts made in Mauritius, as well as an atelier to nourish creative expression among children and adults through art workshops.
Charlie’s first solo exhibition “twenty five” took place at Lotus, Square Port Louis in 2006. Since then, her works have been widely exhibited in Mauritius. She has also received numerous commissions to produce artworks to be used across Mauritius in restaurants, hotels, primary schools and club houses.
Evan Sohun - Artist
Impregnated with a strong artistic signature whose influence stems from various creative stages of his life, Evan Sohun is a multifaced and resourceful Mauritian artist. Always eager and curious to explore new ways of developing his art, he has been paving his way in the creative world ever since the age of 16 and delivered along a few book publications, joint and solo exhibitions, and participation in art and cultural festivals (all at local and regional levels).
Represented in Mauritius by the Imaaya Art Gallery, his focus today is on canvas, paper, and wall paintings. And because he believes that art is a powerful way of triggering effective social change if channeled in the proper way, he also leads a few workshops in targeted vulnerable communities with the collaboration of schools and social actors. In a burlesque and messy style, often stroked in carefully chosen warm and bright colors, and highlighted by an interesting graphic visual effect, his art compositions strive to achieve a certain balance in terms of lines, color, and space.
Veemanda Curpen - Artist
Veemanda Curpen is a Mauritian artist who works as lecturer in Printmaking at the School of Fine Arts, at the Mahatma Gandhi Institute. She holds a master in Fine Arts with specialisation in Printmaking from Viswa Bharati University, Santiniketan, India and a master degree in Education from Brighton University, England. She has participated in different group exhibitions and workshops where her area of predilection remains Printmaking, which according to her is a challenging and rich artistic practice that offers a wide array of opportunities to creative minds.
Alongside, she has been devoting herself to art education for several years and had worked for other institutions namely the Mauritius Institute of Education and the Fashion and Design Institute. She strives for a system that not only ensures quality but also effectiveness and relevance of the arts to learners. She aims at promoting creativity and innovation as she firmly believes that the arts can be instrumental for a balanced development of the individual as well as of our society.
School Registrations Close - 20 February 2018
Student Nomination Deadline – 20 April 2018
Online Entries Close – 20 April 2018
Award Ceremony – 21 May 2018