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17 November 2020

Phillips Partners With The Sovereign Art Foundation to Host the Students Prize Finalist’s Exhibition


Phillips Partners With The Sovereign Art Foundation to Host the Students Prize Finalist’s Exhibition


Exhibition to go on View in Phillips Berkeley Square Galleries Alongside New Now this December 
































LONDON – 17 November 2020 – Phillips is proud to partner with The Sovereign Art Foundation (SAF) this December to present the inaugural edition of the The Sovereign Art Foundation Students Prize, London. Established in 2012, The Sovereign Art Foundation (SAF) Students Prize is an annual award designed to celebrate the importance of art in the education system and recognise the quality of artworks produced by secondary school students worldwide. An international charitable organisation that supports and promotes contemporary art talent and raises funds for programmes that support disadvantaged children through expressive arts, The Sovereign Art Foundation (SAF) hosts nine Student Prizes worldwide and this year marks the first time that the Prize will be held in London. As official venue partner of The Sovereign Art Foundation (SAF) Students Prize, Phillips will host the 20 shortlisted artworks in a Finalists Exhibition at Phillips London headquarters at 30 Berkeley Square, where it will run alongside New Now from 9 –15 December 2020.


Tamila Kerimova, Specialist, Director, Head of Day Sales, 20th Century & Contemporary Art, said “Phillips is very proud to partner with The Sovereign Art Foundation and honoured to host the Students Prize Finalists’ exhibition in our galleries on Berkeley Square. The goal in our partnership is to support the Sovereign Art Foundation in their aim to celebrate the importance of art in the education system and recognise the quality of artworks produced by secondary-school students. Phillips endeavours to create engaging exhibitions and to discover and showcase exceptional art. Learning to appreciate freedom and creativity and encouraging the next generation to shine their light is incredibly important and brings us joy now more than ever.  We look forward to exhibiting the Sovereign Art Foundation Students Prize Finalists’ exhibition alongside our New Now auction this December.”


Howard Bilton, Chairman and Founder of The Sovereign Art Foundation, said, “We are thrilled to have such a well-established and important partner supporting us as we launch this Students Prize in London. To have the finalists’ artworks showcased in such a prestigious venue, alongside Phillips’ New Now auction, represents an incredible opportunity for students to have their work viewed by Phillips’ international collectors, as well as the art-loving public of this dynamic city. We sincerely thank Phillips for their generous support and for providing this fantastic platform to students in London.”


Secondary schools in the 12 inner London boroughs were invited to nominate their best art students to submit artworks to the competition. The finalists were selected by a judging panel comprising professionals from different facets of the art world, an exciting panel of judges including Eugenio Re Rebaudengo, Founder of ARTUNER; Howard Bilton, Founder and Chairman of SAF, contemporary British artist Idris Khan; Melanie Gerlis, art market columnist at Financial Times, Editor-at-large of The Art Newspaper and author of Art as an Investment?; and Tamila Kerimova, Specialist and Head of the 20th Century & Contemporary Day Sale, Phillips.


The overall winner of The Sovereign Art Foundation Students Prize, London 2020 will be determined when the judging panel examine the shortlisted works in person at the Finalists Exhibition on view at Phillips; selecting one student to be awarded the Judges’ Prize trophy and £800 (their school art department will receive £2,000). To boost public engagement and increase exposure for the students, exhibition visitors are also invited to cast a vote for their favourite finalist artwork to receive a Public Vote Prize trophy and £400 (and their school £1,000). Online votes will also be accepted from the general public via web gallery and Facebook page, with voting closing at 18:00hrs GMT on 14 December 2020.


Visiting Information

Exhibition period:                     9–15 December 2020

Opening hours:                        Monday – Saturday, 10am–6pm; Sunday, 12pm-6pm

Venue:                                     Phillips, 30 Berkeley Square, London, W1J 6EX

Admission:                               Free


Press Kit

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Finalists of The Sovereign Art Foundation Students Prize, London 2020








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The Sovereign Art Foundation (SAF) is a charitable organisation that was founded in 2003 with a well-defined twin focus: to recognise the growing wealth of contemporary art talent in Asia and bring the proven benefits of expressive arts to disadvantaged children.

In the same year, SAF launched The Sovereign Asian Art Prize, now recognised as the most established and prestigious annual art award in Asia-Pacific. The Prize increases the international exposure of artists in the region, whilst raising funds by auctioning shortlisted artworks and sharing proceeds equally between the participating artists and SAF. SAF uses these proceeds to fund programmes that support disadvantaged children using expressive arts. This model has so far raised over US$9 million for artists and charities worldwide.

In 2013, SAF launched Make It Better (MIB), an initiative that supports children from low-income backgrounds and with special educational needs in Hong Kong. MIB works in local schools and community centres to offer children a programme of expressive arts workshops designed to build self-esteem, confidence, self-awareness and interpersonal skills. SAF also supports teachers, social workers and caregivers of these children by introducing them to the therapeutic benefits of art.


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Sovereign has established a network of offices or agents in all major international finance centres, allowing clients to access a global service from a local point of delivery and holds appropriate authorisations in all jurisdictions that require it to be licensed.


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