The first ever Urban Art Competition for middle school students has been held and won in Monaco.
The 2019 Street Art Challenge awards ceremony was organised by the Monaco City Council on Thursday 27th June in partnership with Urban Painting Around the World (UPAW).
The Urban Art Competition was an initiative suggested by students at Collège Charles III participating in the 2018-2019 Communal Junior Project. The council was excited by the idea and the contest was created in record time thanks to the motivation and responsiveness of everyone involved, including students and teachers, elected and administrative services of the City Council, and the organisers of UPAW who agreed to host the contest as part of their event.
Three teams of college students entered the Street Art Challenge Junior competition, working tirelessly from Tuesday 25th to Thursday 27th June to create an artwork on the theme ‘Endangered Animals’, as chosen by UPAW this year.
On Sunday 30th June the jury, made up of internationally renowned street artists, gallery owner Willem Speerstra, collectors José Giannotti and Paolo di Nola, as well as Mayor Georges Marsan and Youth Minister Chloé Boscagli Leclercq, made their decision, impressed not only by the motivation and involvement of these young people, but also by the quality of their work.
At the awards ceremony, Alberto Colman, organizer of UPAW, announced the winners:
– 1st prize – Team composed of Laetitia Grandidier and Venice Bord (Charles III College – 3rd 7), Miriam Boughos and Roufail Boughos (Charles III College – 4th 3)
– 2nd prize – Team composed of Tesla Martin (Collège Charles III – 4th 6) and Natasha Newby (International School of Monaco – 9th grade)
– 3rd prize – Team composed of Noëlle Canonge, Constance Saussier and Stella Marchi (Charles III College – 5th 7)
The Monaco City Council awarded each participant with a trophy and a FNAC voucher, as well as a medal by UPAW. The canvases were then sold at auction, generating €600 for first prize, €410 for 2nd prize and €300 for the 3rd prize.