‘Fading Away’ by Sara Costa Pereira Teixeira – Public Vote Winner 2022 (Courtesy of the artist and The Sovereign Art Foundation)
‘Fading Away’ by Sara Costa Pereira Teixeira – Public Vote Winner 2022 (Courtesy of the artist and The Sovereign Art Foundation)

Talented young artists from Portugal among shortlist

Sovereign Art Foundation Global Student Prize 2023

The Sovereign Art Foundation (SAF) has announced the shortlist of the 2023 global edition of their annual art prize for secondary school students, with £4,300 (€4,850) in grants on offer for winning artists and their schools.

Among the talented young artists vying for the title of ‘Global’ winner are the winners from the Portugal Students Prize – Diogo Aires Silva Moreira of Escola Secundária de Marcos de Canaveses and Sara Costa Pereira Teixiera of Escola Secundária Luís de Freitas Branco.

Launched in Hong Kong in 2003, SAF is a non-profit organisation that promotes contemporary art talent through its international art prizes, while raising funds for various charitable programmes. The Sovereign Art Foundation Students Prizes run in 10 countries and are designed to celebrate the importance of art in the education system by identifying talented young artists and rewarding successful secondary-school art programmes to the benefit of a greater number of students.

‘The World Seen by Children’ by Diogo Aires Silva Moreira - Judges Winner 2022
‘The World Seen by Children’ by Diogo Aires Silva Moreira – Judges Winner 2022

The Sovereign Art Foundation Global Students Prize will see 16 artworks by students from Gibraltar, Guernsey, Hong Kong, Isle of Man, London, Malta and Gozo, Portugal and Mauritius, united in an online exhibition. These finalists were previously named winners in their respective regions during 2022, being selected either by a local judging panel or cinching the popular vote from members of the public.

From this Global presentation, one Global Judges’ Prize will be awarded to the student selected by a jury comprised of noted professionals, including: Catalina Swinburn, Chilean visual artist, Howard Bilton, Founder and Chairman of SAF; Joe, AKA ‘The Doodle Boy’; Joyce Ng, Head of Gallery & Exhibitions, Asia Society Hong Kong Centre; and Tiffany Pinkstone, Executive director of SAF.

The public will also be invited to vote for their favourite work, with the most popular piece to receive the title of Global Public Vote Prize Winner. Votes can be cast online until 18:00hrs GMT, January 27, 2023.

This global competition will enable cultural exchange between nations, showcasing artworks by the most talented and promising students from across the world. The online exhibition runs until January 31, when the winners will be announced, also online.