The 2018 Saatchi Gallery Art Prize for Schools competition is now open!

The 2018 Saatchi Gallery Art Prize for Schools is now open and accepting entries.

The Saatchi Gallery Art Prize for Schools is open to primary, secondary and sixth form schools from around the world. Schools can submit artwork from students between the ages of 4 and 18.

Schools can enter as many art works as they wish, and there is no prescribed theme for works entered, nor is there a restriction on media used: sculpture, painting, installation, photography, video and mixed media artworks are all eligible and welcome.

The deadline for entries is January 26th 2018


A high profile exhibition of the top 20 shortlisted art works at the Saatchi Gallery in May 2017

Overall winner: £10,000 to winning school, £2,000 to winning pupil

Secondary school winner (ages 11-18): £5,000 to school, £1,000 to pupil

Primary school winner (ages 4-11): £5,000 to school, £1,000 to pupil

An overall winner will be chosen from the two age category winners, meaning that one school has the opportunity to collect £15,000, with the winning student receiving £3,000 to be spent on art and computer equipment.

To Enter

Click on the How to Enter tab above and create an online profile for your school. You can then upload images and information about art works.

The 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.

The Saatchi Gallery has a 30-year-long history of supporting emerging artists and bringing contemporary art to as wide an audience as possible. The 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 giving them the confidence to continue studying art and to consider a creative career.

The outreach programme enables us to offer 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. We have also introduced artist-led Continued Professional Development (CPD) workshops for 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.

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.

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