Art students showcase prize-winning paintings

An art exhibition to showcase the 20 best paintings of the Sovereign Art Foundation’s Secondary Schools’ Art Prize will be held this Friday (February 24) at Lagos marina, starting at 5pm.

Over 50 artworks were submitted by local art students but only 20 made the final cut.

“The jury had a very difficult task (choosing the finalists) given the high technical quality and originality of the artworks,” Isobel Costa, the competition’s organiser, told Barlavento newspaper.

“We were very excited to see that we have so many talented young people in the Algarve.”

The exhibition will remain in Lagos until March 5 before being moved to Portimão’s Casa Manuel Teixeira Gomes (March 10-16), Estômbar’s Quinta dos Vales winery (March 18), the João Bailote art gallery in Albufeira (March 24-April 2) and Faro’s IPDJ headquarters (April 4-18).

On Saturday, May 13, the paintings will be auctioned at a gala event at Quinta do Lago’s Conrad Algarve resort.

Half of the proceeds will go to the artists while the remainder will go to APEXA, which provides art and sports programmes for children and young adults with disabilities.

The competition will return next year and Isobel Costa wants all the students who did not make the final cut this year to try again.

“Never give up,” she says.