Saatchi Gallery/Deutsche Bank Art Prize for schools

London pupils win art funding as Saatchi Gallery announces winners, from 20,000 entrants, for the Saatchi Gallery/Deutsche Bank Art Prize For Schools 2015

Guests gathered at The Saatchi Gallery to hear the announcement of the winner of the 2015 Saatchi Gallery / Deutsche Bank Art Prize for Schools. Shemariyahu Black from Hasmonean School, London was awarded first place. Two runner-up prizes have been awarded to John Bowron from Dulwich Prep, London and Millfields Community Primary School, Nursery and Reception classes, London. The winners were announced by Alistair Hicks, Deutsche Bank’s Senior Art Curator, at an exclusive reception at the Saatchi Gallery in London on Tuesday.

Shemariyahu Black, aged 17, received £2,000 and his school's art department was awarded £10,000 to spend on art and computer equipment. The two runners-up John Bowron, aged 11 and the Nursery and Reception classes at Millfields Community Primary School, aged 3-5 years, each received £1,000, and their schools were awarded £5,000.

The judges for this year’s prize were Lauren Child MBE, writer, illustrator and creator of 'Charlie and Lola'; Catherine Goodman, Artistic Director of The Royal Drawing Schools; Alistair Hicks, Senior Curator for Deutsche Bank’s Art Collection; Nigel Hurst, CEO of the Saatchi Gallery and Richard Wilson, Artist whose sculpture 'Slipstream' was unveiled at Heathrow in 2014.

Alistair Hicks, Senior Art Curator for Deutsche Bank’s Art Collection said: “Art is a small but core part of Deutsche Bank’s DNA, so it is wonderful to link this with our important Born to Be programme that provide opportunities for young people. I am pleased that as well as choosing  a couple of strong individuals the judges spotted a trend – the idea of people working together to make art. One of the prizes goes to one of the youngest collectives in the world – a very young classroom!”

Deutsche Bank's support of the Prize is part of its Born to Be youth engagement programme which is committed to helping young people engage with education and fulfil their potential. The support of Born to Be has enabled the Saatchi Gallery to offer tailored artist-led workshops to pupils from schools in disadvantaged areas. The workshops increase pupils’ understanding of fine art processes and provide the opportunity to work with specialist art materials, helping pupils to explore and fulfil their creative potential.

Richard Wilson commented, "It was a most enjoyable and eye opening occasion selecting for the Saatchi Gallery Art Prize for Schools Exhibition. I saw each work as an achievement … for they were all linked to fundamental qualities of thinking, such as flexibility, tolerance of ambiguity or unpredictability, and the enjoyment of things hitherto unknown. It is a brave act to exhibit work… I say congratulations for this creative display."

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/ Deutsche Bank 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 consider a career in the arts.

The 20 shortlisted entries are exhibited from 29 April - 4 May at the Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York's Sq, King's Road, London SW3 4RY. Exhibition entry is free.

Winner: Shemariyahu Black, 'Little Sister', from Hasmonean School with judges Alistair Hicks, Deutsche Bank Art Collection Curator and Lauren Child MBE Enlarge

Winner: Shemariyahu Black, 'Little Sister', from Hasmonean School with judges Alistair Hicks, Deutsche Bank Art Collection Curator and Lauren Child MBE

Winner: Shemariyahu Black, 'Little Sister', from Hasmonean School with judges Alistair Hicks, Deutsche Bank Art Collection Curator and Lauren Child MBE


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Last Update: April 30, 2015
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