Mauritius Students Prize

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 15 finalists and then 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners will be chosen from those 15. The winning artworks will be announced on 15 May, 2016.

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The judges for the Sovereign Art Foundation Students Prize, Mauritius 2017 are:

Nirveda Alleck - Artist and lecturer

Born in 1975, Nirveda Alleck is a multidisciplinary artist from Mauritius. She undertook her undergraduate studies at Michaelis School of Fine Art in South Africa, and did her MFA at the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland in 2001. She has participated in international workshops in Namibia, South Africa, India, Lebanon, Mali and Mauritius, and had held residencies at the Bag Factory Studios in Johannesburg as well as in Scotland, Reunion Island, Namibia, Mali, and Mauritius.

She was offered a Francis Greenburger Fellowship in 2011 to undertake a residency at Art Omi in the USA. Nirveda Alleck has participated in numerous international exhibitions: Diplomatic Immunity in NY in 2001, 11th Triennale India in 2005, Pan African Arts Festival in Algeria in 2009, Francophonie Games in Beirut, Arts Actuels Biennale in Reunion Island, World Festival of Black Arts in Dakar. She was part of Focus 11 Contemporary Art Africa at Art Basel in 2011, and also received in the same year the Bank One Emma Award in Arts and Culture in Mauritius. Her work was amongst the 3 shortlisted for the FNB Johannesburg Art Fair Prize in 2011.

Alleck was a laureate at the Dak'Art Biennale 2010, where she was awarded the Soleil d'Afrique Prize, and she was again part of the Dakar Biennale in 2012. Her recent video works have been show at the College des Bernardins in Paris, Marakesh Biennale Parallel projects, Africa Utopia in London, Ben Uri Gallery in the UK, and Analogue Eye at the National Arts Festival in South Africa and in Mannheim Germany.

Formerly a lecturer in Art Education in Mauritius, Alleck worked as an Art Consultant at the Aapravasi Ghat World Heritage Site in Mauritius, and currently lectures part time at the Mahatma Gandhi Institute in Moka, Mauritius.

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 including restaurants, hotels, primary schools, club house.

Charlie is an integral part in shaping the art scene in Mauritius and helping it grow and flourish.

Gérard Foy

Gerard Foy is Senior lecturer and Head of the Painting Department at the School of Fine Arts at the Mahatma Gandhi Institute and the Rabindranath Tagore Institute, Mauritius; and a Part-time Lecturer at The University of Mauritius. Gerard holds a Licence D’Art Plastiques from Université Aix Marseille, France and Master in Fine Arts from MSU Baroda, India. Gerard has sat on the jury for various prizes including the ‘Live painting’ Jardin de la Compagnie – NAG ; and the Barclays L`Atelier Art Competition for Young Artists.

Deadline for nominations – 14 April 2017

Submission deadline for entries – 28 April 2017

Award Ceremony – 22 May 2017

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