Sovereign Art Foundation showcases “amazing” student artwork in Faro

An exhibition of the Sovereign Art Foundation (SAF) Students Prize 2019 will be opening on Friday, March 1 at the IPDJ (Institute for Sports and Youth) in Faro at 3pm, “showing the amazing art of the 21 finalists”.

The main purpose of the Students Prize is to inspire and reward young artists in the community, to encourage cultural development and raise funds for children in the region.

The Sovereign Art Foundation aims to celebrate the importance of art in the education system and recognise the quality of art produced by young students. Through their contemporary art prizes and student prizes, the Foundation has so far raised more than US$6 million for artists and charities worldwide.

The art is not for sale but will be auctioned on May 11 at 3pm at the Lady in Red art gallery in Lagoa, as part of the grand final where the winning students will be attributed their prizes – €3,100 being awarded between the artists and their schools.

The first and second prizes are selected by the judges and the “public vote” prize will be awarded to the artwork which receives the most votes from the public, both online and directly during the exhibitions. To vote for your favourite, go to

If you wish to attend the auction to bid on one of these outstanding pieces of art, contact Isobel Costa on [email protected] or telephone 282 340 480. Proceeds from the auction will be divided between the artists and Sovereign’s chosen charity project, School Art Projects Workshops organised by artists David Trubshaw and Gudrun Bartels on behalf of the Rotary Clube de Silves.

The exhibition runs until March 19 and can be visited from 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday.

Visit for information on the Foundation’s work and prizes.

Photo: ‘Efemeridade’ by Lara Francisco, 17, from Escola Secundária Júlio Dantas (Lagos)