The Kolossi high school art project, ‘Immigrants’, which poignantly highlights the dangers faced by refugees trying to get into Europe, has won the overall Saatchi Gallery/Deutsche Bank art prize for schools, and in the secondary school category, it was announced on Thursday.
The project was shortlisted from more than 22,000 entries in 54 counties for the prize offered by the London-based Saatchi gallery.
A team of six students from the Apostolos Loucas lyceum in Kolossi accompanied by their art teacher, painter Popi Nicolaou, presented their art project on Thursday and received their prizes after the competition results were announced. They won the overall prize, offering £10,000 (€12,980) to the winning school, and £2,000 (€2,500) to the winning pupils, and the secondary school category for ages 11-18 that offers £5,000 (€6,400) to the school, and £1,000 (€1,200) to the pupils.
The installation depicts life-like figures of drowning adults and children, made of expanding foam, and arranged on an old fishing boat donated by the Kolossi community council.
The project is the brainchild of eight students, aged between 16 and 18 who were supervised by Nicolaou.
A scaled-down version of the work, by students Giorgos Mouskis, Christos Hambiaouris, Christos Charalambous, Annita Yianni, Panayiotis Panayiotou, Nikoletta Elia, Loukia Varna, and Vasilis Vasiliou, was taken to the Saatchi Gallery in London and is to be on show between March 3 and 9 along with the other 19 projects short-listed for the prize.