Sovereign Trust launches 2017 art foundation school prize

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ISLAND secondary schools and colleges have been invited to take part in the third Sovereign Trust Foundation School Art prize.

The competition aims to celebrate the importance of art in the education system and recognise the quality of work which can be produced by local students.

Stephen Hare, managing director of Sovereign Trust's Guernsey operation, said: 'Last year the final 12 shortlisted works showed once again the extraordinary talent of local student artists – we look forward to seeing what is entered this year.'

Schools are invited to nominate and submit 10 pieces of artwork produced by their students. Of these, 12 will be shortlisted and three winners will be chosen.

All entries will be viewed by an international judging panel, consisting of senior Sovereign personnel including Howard Bilton, chairman of the Sovereign Group, Mr Hare and local and international artists. The three winners will be selected by the public who can vote online or during three weeks of exhibitions of the shortlisted works, which will be held at various locations around the island.

Mr Hare added: 'This year we hope to build on the previous two years by developing the competition further. One of the ways we are doing that is to create an additional award – a judges' award, which will be decided by the judges alone.

'We hope to find a local sponsor for the judges' award and are interested to hear from local organisations, or individuals, who would be interested in working with us.'

Entries will be accepted from Monday 29 May to Wednesday 7 June, but student artists may start on their art works from the launch today. Students interested in entering should contact the head of art at their school or college for more information.

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