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The Sovereign Art Foundation Students Prize, London 2022: Finalists Announced
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The Sovereign Art Foundation Students Prize, London 2022: Finalists Announced

The Sovereign Art Foundation (SAF) and Leila Maleki have announced the names of the 20 young artists shortlisted as finalists for The Sovereign Art Foundation Students Prize, London 2022. This annual award is designed to celebrate the importance of art in the education system and recognise the quality of artworks produced by secondary school students citywide.

Teachers at all secondary schools in London were invited to nominate up to ten of their best art students to submit artworks to the competition, online. This year a record of 152 entries were received and assessed by a judging panel comprising professionals from different facets of the British art world:

  • Caroline Walker, Visual Artist
  • Eugenio Re Rebaudengo, Founder of ARTUNER
  • Howard Bilton, Founder and Chairman of SAF
  • Hugo Wilson, English Artist and Sculptor
  • Kamiar Maleki, Director of Volta Art Fairs
  • Melanie Gerlis, Art market columnist for the Financial Times
  • Tamila Kerimova, Director, Senior Specialist, 20th Century & Contemporary Art at Phillips

Image: DENIAL (FIRST OF THE FIVE STAGES OF GRIEF) by Ora Wildman-Green and The Sovereign Art Foundation

Image: PORTRAIT LOOKING UP by Bethia Turner and The Sovereign Art Foundation

Image: THE CITY by Adriana Krickic and The Sovereign Art Foundation

Image: THE THREADS KEEPING ME TOGETHER by Bunny Lawrence McHugh and The Sovereign Art Foundation

Official Exhibition Venue Partner Phillips will host the 20 shortlisted artworks in a Finalists Exhibition at their London headquarters at 30 Berkeley Square from 1–8 December 2022; parallel to their 20th Century & Contemporary New Now sale featuring works from an international roster of emerging artists and contemporary masters.

The overall winner of The Sovereign Art Foundation Students Prize, London 2022 will be determined when the judging panel examine the shortlisted works in person at the Finalists Exhibition; selecting one student to receive the Judges’ Prize of £800, their school will also be awarded £2,000, to the benefit of a greater number of pupils.

To boost public engagement and increase exposure for the students, exhibition visitors and our online audience are also invited to cast a vote for their favourite finalist artwork, the most popular of which will receive a Public Vote Prize of £400 (and their school £1,000). Online votes will also be accepted from the general public via web gallery (add hyperlink: with voting closing at 18:00hrs GMT on 6 December 2022. Furthermore, students can opt to enter their works into a silent auction - the proceeds of which are split between the artist and Foundation – who will use funds raised to further their charitable aims.

SAF runs ten Student Prizes around the world, the first of which was established in 2012 in Hong Kong, followed by Bahrain, Gibraltar, Guernsey, the Isle of Man, Malta & Gozo, Mauritius, Portugal and Singapore. The winners from London will go up against the winners from the other prizes in contention for the 2023 Global Students Prize.


Visiting Information

Exhibition period:

1–8 December 2022

Opening hours:

Monday – Saturday, 10am–6pm; Sunday, 12pm-6pm


Phillips, 30 Berkeley Square, London, W1J 6EX



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