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Eyes on the Prize!
ELIZABETH COOPER:  This year’s Saatchi Gallery/ Deutsche Bank Art Prize for Schools exhibition is now open and runs until 5 March.   Aiming to support young artists from the very beginning of their artistic lives, the annual prize welcomes every nationality, school, child, and artistic medium. With a chance to exhibit in the Saatchi Gallery up for grabs, the 16,000 entries this year come as no surprise, a clear testament to the vital position art holds on the national curriculum despite seemingly endless budget cuts to creative subjects. Committed to aiding such matters, a first prize of £10,000 will be awarded to the winning school's art department, with a further £2,000 given to the winning pupil to be spent on art and computer equipment. Two further runner-up prizes of £5,000 each will be awarded to the second and third placed schools, with a further £1,000 to each of the winning pupils. From paintbrushes to printers, the Prize aims to inspire schoolchildren to take up art, nurture their artistic interests and perhaps pursue careers in the creative sector. Just 20 finalists have been shortlisted and will get to see their work in the Saatchi Gallery, but the message to other young artists will be clear – creativity has no age restriction.

The winners of this year’s prize were chosen by artist Bob and Roberta Smith, author and illustrator Laura Dockrill, Saatchi Gallery director Rebecca Wilson and art advisor to Deutsche Bank, and author of The Global Art Compass, Alistair Hicks.


artwork by Rosie Rendles,
Whitley Bay High School, Aged 17
The Babysitter
Oil on Canvas



 



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