Winners announced for the Saatchi Gallery Art Prize For Schools 2017

Overall Winners: Samuel Marsden Collegiate School students, New Zealand, with artist in residence Michel Tuffery and their winning artwork Matariki – Maori New Year.


Winners announced for the Saatchi Gallery Art Prize For Schools 2017, which attracted 24,000 entries from 66 countries.

London, 10 July 2017: The Saatchi Gallery is delighted to announce the winners of the 2017 Saatchi Gallery Art Prize for Schools.
Adam Hall, 17 years old, from Bolton School Boys’ Division, UK, won the Secondary School category for his mixed media installation Bolton School: A Modern Tradition. A group of 9-11 year old students from Samuel Marsden Collegiate School in New Zealand were awarded first place in the Primary School category for their installation Matariki–Maori New Year. Both category winners received £1,000 and their respective schools’ art departments were awarded £5,000 each to spend on art and computer equipment.
The overall winner is the group of students from New Zealand, who were awarded an additional £2,000 and collected a further £10,000 for their school.
The winners were announced by Nigel Hurst, CEO of the Saatchi Gallery at an exclusive reception at the Saatchi Gallery in London on 4 July, 2017. 
The panel of judges this year includes Alice Anderson, Artist; Alistair Hicks, Writer and Curator; Dea Vanagan, Director, Hauser & Wirth Somerset; Megan Piper, Gallerist and Founder of The Line and Nigel Hurst, CEO of the Saatchi Gallery.
“Participating as a judge for the Saatchi Gallery Art Prize for Schools was a privilege- to witness 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’s encouraging that so many worked in collaboration, 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 ever more stretched”.
Dea Vanagan, Director, Hauser & Wirth Somerset.
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 give 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.
More details and the full shortlist can be viewed at:


Saatchi Gallery and Huawei present From Selfie to Self-Expression

Clockwise from top left: Rembrandt van Rijn Self-Portrait with Two Circles, Juno Calypso The Honeymoon Suite, Actor Benedict Cumberbatch jumps behind U2 at the 86th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California, Cindy Sherman Untitled Film Still #21


Saatchi Gallery and Huawei present From Selfie to Self-Expression
from 31st March – 30th May 2017

January 23rd 2017, London: Saatchi Gallery and Huawei, the world’s number three smartphone brand, announce they have teamed up to present From Selfie to Self-Expression. Opening at the Saatchi Gallery on 31st March 2017, the show will be the world’s first exhibition exploring the history of the selfie from the old masters to the present day, and will celebrate the truly creative potential of a form of expression often derided for its inanity.
The show will also highlight the emerging role of the smartphone as an artistic medium for self-expression through the commissioning ten exciting Young British Photographers to create new works using Huawei’s newest dual lens smartphones co-engineered with Leica, as part of their artistic practice. Reprising the spirit and energy of the Young British Artist movement first launched 25 years ago; the works of these Young British Photographers will go on display in a gallery dedicated to world-class smartphone photography. In this gallery the focus will shift from Selfie to documenting the world around us as a contrasting form of Self-Expression.

From Selfie to Self-Expression will showcase key artworks, many of which feature interactive, digital and user-generated content, by artists as diverse as Kutluğ Ataman, Christopher Baker, Juno Calypso, Tracey Emin, Van Gogh, Mohau Modisakeng, Rembrandt, Cindy Sherman, Gavin Turk and Velazquez.

Showing alongside examples of many influential artists’ work will be selfies that have quickly become icons of the digital era – from the beautiful and sublime to the mad, bad and downright dangerous.
Huawei’s partnership with the Saatchi Gallery is a demonstration of its commitment to growing its brand presence in the UK and support of creative expression through photography everywhere. It follows the launch last year of the game-changing Huawei P Series smartphones which reinvented smartphone photography with the world’s first dual-lens camera co-engineered with iconic camera brand Leica.
The exhibition will open from 31st March – 30th May 2017 and take over one entire floor of the Saatchi Gallery.
The #SaatchiSelfie Competition
To coincide with the announcement of the exhibition, Saatchi Gallery and Huawei have joined forces to offer artists, photographers and enthusiasts around the globe a chance to show their most creative selfies internationally, and have their work exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery, as part of the competition #SaatchiSelfie.
The #SaatchiSelfie competition will be judged by a panel of renowned artists and forward-thinkers. In addition to having their selfie showcased at the Saatchi Gallery as part of From Selfie to Self-Expression the ten shortlisted winners will also receive Huawei’s newest smartphone, and the overall winner will receive a priceless photographic experience, to be announced at a later date. The overall winner of the #SaatchiSelfie Competition will be announced at the show’s launch in London on 30th March 2017.
The competition opens for submissions on Monday 23rd January. All details can be found at all entries to the competition can be viewed on the same URL.
Nigel Hurst, CEO Saatchi Gallery
In many ways, the selfie represents the epitome of contemporary culture’s transition into a highly digitalised and technologically advanced age as mobile phone technology has caught up with the camera. We are thrilled to be collaborating with Huawei on From Selfie to Self-Expression. The exhibition will present a compelling insight into the history and creative potential of the selfie, while the #SaatchiSelfie competition provides a global platform for Self-Expression. Our commissioning of work by ten young British Photographers completes the narrative and highlights the exciting potential of the very latest technology to encourage creativity.
Glory Zhang, CMO Huawei Consumer Business Group
After a decade of smartphone photography, we have reached a tipping point. We are moving from documenting our engagement with the world through selfies to projecting our personalities on to the world through our creativity. The smartphone has become a tool of artistic expression. The Selfie Generation is becoming the Self Expression Generation as each of us seeks to explore and share our inner creativity through the one artistic tool to which we all have access; the Smartphone.