Colin Grassie, CEO, Deutsche Bank UK and member of the Group Executive Committee, last night announced the winners of the 2012 Saatchi Gallery Sunday Telegraph Arts Prize for Schools. Deutsche Bank has supported the Prize for the past three years as part of its youth engagement programme to help young people fulfil their potential.
In a bid to find the next Gillian Wearing or Damien Hirst, budding artists from across the globe aged 18 or younger were invited to enter the competition, which will see the 20 shortlisted artworks featured in an exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery until 23 April. Deutsche Bank believes that supporting and promoting creative talent is vital for the UK’s creative economy.
More than 13,000 children from both state and private sector schools, from a total of 22 countries, entered the competition. Submissions ranged from painting, sculpture, photography, conceptual, mixed media and video works.
Grassie presented the first prize to Dafydd Williams, from Ysgol Gyfun Ystalyfera, Swansea for his work entitled ‘Soldier Number 2, 2012’. Dafydd will receive £10k for his school art department and £2k to spend on art and computer equipment for himself. The two runners up, Sashia Palmqvist from Colfe’s School and Simon Hamlyn from Hampton School, both in London, will each receive £5k for their schools and £1k for themselves.
'Soldier Number 2, 2012', by Dafydd Williams