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Maltings Art Prize 2020 goes live at St Albans Museum + Gallery!

The Maltings Art Prize 2020 goes live at St Albans Museum + Gallery!

Due to the current climate individual schools will be presenting their students with the prizes this year however there will be a Virtual Exhibition at the St Albans Museum + Gallery during half term from Saturday 24th October to Sunday 1st November 2020.     

The art competition, with the theme ‘History St Albans’,  saw school pupils aged 4-18 years from 13 local schools compete for the chance to win a cash prize of £1,000 for their school Art Department and a £250 cash prize for the overall winner.  The winning students from each of the groups will be presented with trophies and all finalists will receive a medal.

Started early in 2020, this community project has provided children and schools in the local area with an opportunity to have their artwork displayed on a screen in the St Albans Museum +Gallery creating a colourful exhibition for both museum visitors and local residents.  The Exhibition will display all entries artwork and will be open to the public between the 24th October and 1st November 2020.

Councillor Anthony Rowlands, Portfolio Holder for Leisure, Heritage and Public Realm said: “In this challenging time, it is more important than ever to encourage young people to express themselves through art.  We are thrilled to continue this partnership with the Maltings by displaying the work in St Albans Museum + Gallery for all to see”.

The competition saw over 300 entries by 13 local schools and 40 works were shortlisted by a panel of judges including:  Phil Corrigan, Centre Manager of Maltings Shopping Centre, Councillor Annie Brewster, Kerry Cobb, breakfast presenter on Radio Verulam and Ben Askem, local artist and owner of a working studio and gallery at 16 High Street St Albans.


AGE 4-7 YRS:

Park Street Primary School; C Winch and P Winch

Oakwood Primary School; Billy Bomphrey

Cunningham Hill Infant School; Evie Weir, Ariane Tims, Phoebe Williams, Benjamin Warburton, Bethany Berendt, Sara Adeel and Emme Wakley


AGE 7-10 YRS:

St Albans High School for Girls; Lauren Murray

St Adrians School; Noah Watson

Alderwickbury School; Henry Stretch

Wheatfields Junior School; Daniel Gidden, Eleanor Hillard and Christopher Gidden

Samuel Ryder Academy; Maya Willis

Oakwood Primary School; Rosie Bomphrey, Pippa Burnham, Luka Sambridge


AGE 10-13 YRS:

Nicholas Breakspear School; Zak Light, Jude Smith, and Jessica Bures

Sandringham School; Lily Bedwood and Olivia Leto

Verulam Boys School; Edward Brown, Roan Hoggarth, Tom Bailey, and Harry Brandt

Samuel Ryder Academy; Alex Gardiner


AGE 13-18 YRS:

Loreto College; Emilia Hudson, Giorgia Pasqualetti, Gabriella Di Gregorio, Juliana Bautista McDonald, Sharon John Philip, Wara Gregory, and Molly Wegenek

Sandringham School; Penny Kyriacou

Beaumont School; Emily Hawkins, and Ben Scarborough


The Group Winners and Overall winner will be announced once the award presentations have taken place in the individual schools.  A ‘Special Merit’ Prize will also be awarded.

Phil Corrigan, Maltings Centre Manager commented “I would like to congratulate everyone who took part in the competition, it’s great to see such a variety of art and design in St Albans schools.”

Phil Corrigan added, “We are delighted that so many have been inspired by this competition, and hope it gave our students something creative to focus on during what has been and continues to be a very difficult year.  Well done everyone!”

Maltings Shopping Centre would like to thank children and teachers at our participating schools for their entries and support of this competition.

Participating Schools:

Beaumont School, Cunningham Hill Infant School, Samuel Ryder Academy, Aldwickbury School, St Adrians School, Nicholas Breakspear School, Sandringham School, St Albans High School for Girls, St Columba’s College Prep School, Verulam Boys School, Wheatfields Junior School, Park Street Primary School, Oakwood Primary School and Loreto College.