A group of high school pupils from the Apostolos Loukas High School in Kolossi, outside the coastal city of Limassol, won the first prize in a well-known international art competition with a sculpture based on the refugee crisis currently unfolding in Europe. The work was originally designed for the 5th PanCypriot Visual Arts Competition for middle schools.
Afterwards, the work was entered in the 2016 Saatchi Gallery/ Deutsche Bank Art Prize competition.
Entitled “Immigrants”, the pupils’ sculpture was created under the guidance of teacher Popi Nikolaou.
Some 22,000 entries from 54 countries were entered into the competition. Amongst the 20 finalists, the Apostolos Loukas entry picked up two awards, the “Overall Winner” category, which came with a 12,000-pound prize, and the 6,000-pound Secondary Category Winner.
According t the island republic’s education minister, the work will be a featured exhibit during Cyprus’ Council of Europe presidency.