Children & the Arts hosted a prize giving ceremony and exhibition at Rich Mix in London on Monday 15 May to announce the winners of the Children & the Arts Secondary School Art Prize in partnership with the Jack Petchey Foundation.

The evening was an opportunity to celebrate the winners, runners up and all 30 shortlisted pieces on display that had been whittled down from over 850 entries from secondary school students across London and Essex.

Congratulations to the competition winners:


11 to 15 Category 

Winner: James Brown (artwork above)

Runners up: Katerina Joannou and Jiya Shah


16 to 18 Category

Winner: Martyna Debska (artwork above)

Runners up: Malick Kimera and Maria Nadeem


SEN Category

Winner: Lucas Dros (artwork above)

Runners up: Rosika Edmund and Fox Howard-Ravenspine

Entrants were invited to submit an original artwork, inspired by the theme 'Perspective'. They were asked to investigate the world around them: to show the judges their unique perspective or to explore the perspective of someone different to them. Each winner received £500 and £1,000 for their school's art department.

A panel of nine celebrity judges selected the three winners. Judge, Lady Frances Petchey, said: "Whilst there can only be so many winners I know that finding this wonderful pleasure of painting and drawing will stay with these young people forever. Thank you to everyone who entered the Children & the Arts Secondary School Art Prize, and congratulations to the winners and all on our shortlist".

I never knew I could do this. I always compared myself to others and I thought I wasn’t good enough. Seeing my work up there, I was proud of myself.

Runner Up in 16 to 18 Category

It was good practice for me because in the future I want to be a cartoonist and go to art college and learn stuff and try to be a proper artist.

Runner Up in SEN Category

Huge congratulations to our winners, runners up and the whole shortlist.