The prize is open to primary, secondary and sixth form schools from around the world who are invited to submit art work from students up to the age of 18. Schools can enter as many art works as they wish, by uploading images of the works onto their school profile. There is no prescribed theme for works entered nor is there a restriction on media used (sculpture, painting, installation, photography and mixed media art works are all eligible and welcome). Images of art works uploaded onto a school profile should be no bigger than 1MB each.The judges will take into consideration the age of each pupil when considering entries.
The panel of judges this year is: the artist Yinka Shonibare, Margot Heller, the director of the South London Gallery, the photographer Mary McCartney, Andrew Graham-Dixon, the Sunday Telegraph’s chief art critic, Alistair Hicks, Deutsche Bank art advisor and curator, and Rebecca Wilson, Associate Director, Saatchi Gallery.
The Prize is part of the Saatchi Gallery’s education programme which is committed to introducing contemporary art to younger audiences. More than 1,200 school groups have visited the new Saatchi Gallery since it opened in October 2008.
A first prize of £10,000 will be awarded to the winning school’s art department, with a further £2,000 given to the winning pupil to be spent on art and computer equipment. Two further runner-up prizes of £5,000 each will be awarded to the second and third placed schools, with a further £1,000 to each of the winning pupils.
There will be an exhibition of the 20 shortlisted entries at the Saatchi Gallery in January 2011.