The 2017 Saatchi Gallery Art Prize for Schools shortlist announced

The Saatchi Galley is delighted to announce the shortlist for 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 which made the judges' decisions very difficult.

The panel of judges this year included Alice Anderson, Artist; Alistair Hicks, Writer and Curator; Nigel Hurst, CEO of the Saatchi Gallery; Megan Piper, Gallerist and Founder of The Line; Dea Vanagan, Curator and Director, Hauser & Wirth Somerset

An exhibition at the Gallery will showcase artwork by the 20 shortlisted students from July 4th-13th 2017. The winner will be announced at an awards evening on July 4th.

"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, Curator and Director, Hauser & Wirth Somerset.


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 for their art department. One successful student will receive £3,000, with another student collecting £1,000 to be spent on art and computer equipment.

The prize money provides school 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.

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 giving 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.


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
Secondary School

Wellington, New Zealand

Twisted 1

Celeste treloar, 18 yrs

Chislehurst & Sidcup Grammar School
Secondary School

Sidcup, United Kingdom