In a bid to help 5,000 orphans on the island, the Sovereign Art Foundation Schools Prize hosted a student art exhibition and auction gala in Bahrain
Time Out Bahrain staff
The benefits of getting young minds involved in artistic practices have been well documented. It’s proven that learning to create from a young age boosts confidence, broadens minds and allows children to express themselves more freely. So, with this in mind, the premise of the Sovereign Art Foundation Schools Prize was born. In collaboration with the Royal Charity Organisation, this year, SAF encouraged students from all over the country to create artworks, which were then shortlisted and auctioned off at a successful charity dinner where all the proceeds raised went to supporting the island’s orphans.
Georges Khallouf, of the Sovereign Group, tells us the inspirations behind the initiative:
The education target ‘To educate the students about the importance of charity and social responsibility, and encourage them to improve their art skills by running a competition in each school’s level with a prize of BD500 for the winner’. The charity target ‘All proceeds of the exhibition and the auction gala dinner went to the Royal Charity Organisation to support 5,000 orphaned children in Bahrain.’ How the money is spent The Royal Charity team has distributed the proceeds based on an analysis of priorities, mainly in the educational and medical fields. This includes paying full annual tuition for all orphans under the care of RCO, and treating 19 different medical cases which require surgical intervention. Buy your own There’s still time to buy your own exclusive artwork and donate to this worthy cause. Check what’s available on ‘The Sovereign Art Foundation – ME’ Facebook page, call George Khallouf on 3339 3379 or email email@example.com.
BD187,000 Overall amount raised at auction BD25,000 How much HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa spent on one of the paintings 3,000 Students which were involved in creating artworks 250 Guests that attended the auction at Four Seasons Bahrain Bay 240 Number of shortlisted paintings 35 Sponsors involved in the charity drive (including Time Out Bahrain) 23 Artworks up for auction