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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Overall amount raised at auction
How much HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa spent on one of the paintings
Students which were involved in creating artworks
Guests that attended the auction at Four Seasons Bahrain Bay
Number of shortlisted paintings
Sponsors involved in the charity drive (including Time Out Bahrain)
Artworks up for auction