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Students Art Prizes


The Sovereign Art Foundation Students Prizes are annual awards that celebrate the importance of art in the education system and recognise the quality of artworks produced by secondary-school students across the world.

The first Students Prize was established in 2012 in Hong Kong, followed by Prizes in Bahrain, Chester, Gibraltar, Guernsey, the Isle of Man, London,  Malta, Mauritius, Portugal and Singapore.

Our Aims

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Recognise the work of talented secondary-school level art students around the world and exhibit their work to a wide and engaged audience.

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Celebrate the importance of art in the education system, rewarding successful secondary-school art programmes to the benefit of a greater number of students.

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Engage with local organisations that share our aims of promoting arts in the community and encouraging cultural development.

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Unite all regional winners in an annual Global Students Prize exhibition, showcasing their talent on an international stage and facilitating cultural exchange.

How It Works


Nomination and Shortlisting

We invite secondary school teachers to nominate their best students to submit up to three artworks each online. A judging panel of local art professionals then shortlist the 20 best artworks to be exhibited in a public space.


Exhibition and Awards

The judges complete a round of in-person judging at the Finalists Exhibition and select one artwork to be awarded the Judges Prize.

To increase exposure for the artists, the general public are also invited to cast a vote online or in person for their favourite shortlisted artwork. The most popular artwork will receive the Public Vote Prize.

The winning students receive cash prizes and trophies, while their school art departments also receive cash grants to be used to for the wider benefit of all students and their creative pursuits.


Silent Auction

Artworks are sold through silent auction, at the discretion of each student. Sales proceeds are spilt equally between the student and our charitable programmes. Click here to learn more.


Global Prize

All winners from each region are automatically entered into The Global Students Prize.

Click here to learn more.

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Get Involved

Nominating students for your local Students Prize is a great way to engage with your community and promote young artistic talent. Schools with winning students also receive cash grants to grow their arts programming.

If you’re interested in nominating your students for the next Prize, please get in touch.

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