Eight students from St Loucas Kolossi High School in south Cyprus beat 22,000 entries from 54 countries to win the overall and secondary school categories of this year’s Saatchi Gallery/Deutsche Bank Art Prize for Schools.
The artwork submitted by the group, entitled immigrants, was an illustration of drowning adults and children made from foam and placed on an old fishing boat donated by Kolossi Municipality After the winners were announced on March 3, the project was exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery in London from March 4 till Wednesday.
The eight students, Elia Nikoletta, Hampiaouris Christos, Mouskis Giorgos, Vasilis Vasiliou, Haralampous Christos, Panagiotis Panagiotou, Annita Gianni and Valma Loukia are aged 16-18 and were supervised by art teacher and painter Popi Nicolaou. The group were placed first in the secondary schools category and each pupil received £1,000, with a further £5,000 being awarded to their school’s art department.
The students also received an additional £2,000 and their school a further £10,000 for being the overall winners. The prize money will go towards installing computer and printing equipment and to providing high quality art materials “that allow pupils to explore, develop and realise their creative potential”.