The 2017 Saatchi Gallery Art Prize for Schools winners announced

The Saatchi Galley is delighted to announce the winners of the Saatchi Gallery Art Prize for Schools 2017. This year the Prize received over 24,000 entries from 66 different countries. We would like to thank everyone who took the time to enter, the standard was extremely high.

Adam Hall, 17 years old, from Bolton School Boys' Division, UK, won the Secondary School category for his mixed media installation Bolton School: A Modern Tradition. A group of 9-11 year old students from Samuel Marsden Collegiate School in New Zealand were awarded first place in the Primary School category for their installation Matariki - Maori New Year. Both category winners received £1,000 and their respective schools' art departments were awarded £5,000 each to spend on art and computer equipment.

The overall winner is the group of students from New Zealand, who were awarded an additional £2,000 and collected a further £10,000 for their school.

The winners were announced by Nigel Hurst, CEO of the Saatchi Gallery at an exclusive reception at the Saatchi Gallery in London on 4 July, 2017. The panel of judges this year includes Alice Anderson, Artist; Alistair Hicks, Writer and Curator; Dea Vanagan, Director, Hauser & Wirth Somerset; Megan Piper, Gallerist and Founder of The Line and Nigel Hurst, CEO of the Saatchi Gallery.

"Participating as a judge for the Saatchi Gallery Art Prize for Schools was a great privilege - I witnessed the creativity and openness of young students from around the world, some as young as four years old. Its overriding worth is the opportunity for children to share in a creative experience with their peers and create connections from such an early stage in their artistic development.

It was great to see that so many worked in collaboration with each other, and I'm pleased to be part of a Prize that helps direct much needed awareness and funds towards supporting creative education around the world, especially as education budgets are becoming ever more stretched"

Dea Vanagan, Director, Hauser & Wirth Somerset.

An exhibition at the Gallery will showcase artwork by the 20 shortlisted students from July 5-13.

The Saatchi Gallery has a 30-year-long history of supporting emerging artists and bringing contemporary art to the widest possible audience. Saatchi Gallery Art Prize for Schools aims to support and encourage budding young artists by providing them with a platform to showcase their work, and give them the confidence to continue studying art and to consider a creative career.

Alongside the Prize, the Saatchi Gallery offers tailored artist-led workshops to pupils from schools where the need is greatest. The workshops increase pupils' understanding of fine art processes and provide the opportunity to work with specialist art materials, helping pupils to explore and realise their creative potential. Artist-led Continued Professional Development (CPD) workshops are also offered to art teachers from these schools. The workshops aim to support art teachers who are working with limited resources by providing space, time, solutions and ideas to approaching art making, and ultimately serve to open up the Schools Prize to students from all educational backgrounds.

The prize money provides art departments with the ability to install state of the art computer and printing equipment and provide high quality art materials which allow pupils to explore, develop and realise their creative potential.

Saatchi Gallery Art Prize for Schools is unique in its scope and accessibility, and is one of the largest international competitions open to primary, secondary and sixth form schools from around the world. Schools are invited to submit artwork by students between the ages of 4-18 years.

Overall Winners - 2017

Overall Winners: Samuel Marsden Collegiate School, New Zealand. L-R: Megan Piper, Gallerist and Founder of The Line; Teacher John Denton; Nigel Hurst, CEO of the Saatchi Gallery; Alistair Hicks, Writer and Curator and Alice Anderson, Artist, in front of the winning artwork Matariki - Maori New Year.

Secondary School Category Winners - 2017

Secondary School Category Winner: Adam Hall, Bolton School Boys' Division, UK, with judges and his winning artwork Bolton School: A Modern Tradition

Shortlisted student:  Libby Gervais

Shortlisted student: Libby Gervais, 17 years, from Churcher's College, UK, next to her artwork Self-Portrait, 2016.

Shortlisted student: Anya Vernon Avery

Shortlisted student: Anya Vernon Avery, 17 years, from Lingfield College, UK, with her artwork Fractured Reality

Shortlisted student:  Oran Cooch

Shortlisted student: Oran Cooch, 18 years, from The Thomas Hardye School, UK, with his artwork In the Loop.

Shortlisted student:  Rachel Burns

Shortlisted student: Rachel Burns, 16 years, from Etobicoke School of the Arts, Canada, with her artwork Self-Portrait.

Schools Prize 2017 - 01
Schools Prize 2017 - 02
Schools Prize 2017 - 03


My imaginary friend

Niyayesh yeganeh, 8 yrs

Houz naghashi

Primary School

Tabriz, Iran

Abstract Giraffe

Kintrail, 8 yrs

Winridge Elementary

Primary School

Memphis, United States

Jini the Steampunk Android

Hyun Woo Yoo, 10 yrs

Let's Art Youth Art Center

Primary School

Seoul, Korea, Republic of

Lucifer (Matchsticks)

Cyan D'Anjou, 16 yrs

The Westminster Schools

Secondary School

Atlanta, United States

Fractured Reality

Anya Vernon Avery, 17 yrs

Lingfield College

Secondary School

Surrey, United Kingdom

Self Portrait

Rachel Burns, 16 yrs

Etobicoke School of the Arts

Secondary School

Toronto, Canada

The Life Model

Matthew Gilham, 17 yrs

Felsted School

Secondary School

Felsted, United Kingdom


8 students group work 15-18 years, 15 yrs


Secondary School

Limassol, Cyprus

Untitled Self

Libby Gervais, 17 yrs

Churcher's College

Secondary School

Petersfield, United Kingdom

Pixel Image

Reception to Year 6, 4 yrs

Ambler Primary School and Children's Centre

Primary School

London, United Kingdom

Journey to school

Beacon Rise Primary School, all pupils 4-11, 11 yrs

Beacon Rise Primary School

Primary School

Bristol, United Kingdom

Bolton School: A Modern Tradition

Adam Hall, 17 yrs

Bolton School Boys' Division

Secondary School

Greater Manchester , United Kingdom

An Underground Anamorphism

Tom Van Tricht, 17 yrs

Instituut Sint Maria

Secondary School

Antwerp, Belgium

American Kestral

Charlotte Gaffney, 16 yrs

Hill House School, Doncaster

Secondary School

Doncaster, United Kingdom

Isolated Space

Sohail Khalil, 18 yrs

Thomas Rotherham College

Secondary School

Rotherham, United Kingdom

In the Loop

Oran Cooch, 18 yrs

The Thomas Hardye School

Secondary School

Dorchester, United Kingdom

You Will Not Believe What This Artist Has Done!

Will Thompson, 18 yrs

Harrow School

Secondary School

London, United Kingdom

The Last Lesson

Sebastian DeMarino, 16 yrs

Dulwich College Shanghai

Secondary School

Shanghai, China

Matariki –Maori New Year

Year 7 and 8 Collab, 11 yrs

Samuel Marsden Collegiate

Primary School

Wellington, New Zealand

Twisted 1

Celeste treloar, 18 yrs

Chislehurst & Sidcup Grammar School

Secondary School

Sidcup, United Kingdom