About Prix de Rome
The Prix de Rome is the oldest and most prestigious award in the Netherlands for visual artists under the age of 40 and architects under the age of 35. The award dates back to 1808 when Louis Napoleon introduced the Prix de Rome in the Netherlands to promote the arts. Although the award adopted various guises over the years, the aim has always been to trace talented artists and promote their further development and visibility. Since January 2013, the organisation and funding of the award is handled by the Mondriaan Fund. The Fund does so with due respect for the Prix de Rome’s long history and with the express wish to guarantee its status as an independent award.
In line with the award’s development over more than 200 years and the present-day ambitions for this prize, the Mondriaan Fund aims to use the Prix de Rome to locate and position new talent. Gifted visual artists and architects are stimulated to develop further. Moreover, the award offers a festive means through which to draw the public’s attention to the visual arts and architecture and their importance. After all, the award introduces a significantly wider audience to the recipients’ work.
Every round a group of scouts from a wide range of backgrounds is invited to submit two candidates. In addition, third parties – including the artists and architects themselves – also have the opportunity to propose candidates for the prize via the Mondriaan Fund.
The Prix de Rome for the visual arts is open to practitioners of all disciplines of the visual arts as defined by the Mondriaan Fund, i.e. drawing, painting and the graphic arts/sculpture, social sculpture and installation art/ conceptual art, performance art, artistic research/non-traditional forms of visual art/photography/audio-visual, digital and new media art/applied art/art in the public space.
The Prix de Rome architecture is open to architects, landscape architects and urban planners.
In addition, the nominated artist or architect needs to satisfy the following requirements:
- The nominee should be no older than 40 (visual artists) or 35 (architects) at the time of the winner’s announcement.
- The nominee should not be attending an art school or post-graduate degree programme.
- The nominee needs to have been working as a professional artist or architect for a minimum of one year.
- If the nominee is not a Dutch national, he or she needs to be substantively active and integrated in the Netherlands’ professional visual arts sector or architectural sector.
- In the case of a creative partnership, all members need to satisfy all of the above requirements.
Under no condition may a Prix de Rome be awarded to legal entities, members of the jury, members of the Mondriaan Fund’s Supervisory Board or previous recipients of a Prix de Rome.
An international panel of judges will select a shortlist of – in most cases – four artists or architects from the group of nominees. The selection of the shortlist for visual arts will be based on documentation, artist statement, cv and a proposal for new work. The selection of the shortlist for architecture will be based on a portfolio and a statement in reaction on a theme or case formulated by the jury. The artists or architects who are selected for the shorlist will be provided with a project budget, and are invited to produce a work for the Prix de Rome – either in their studio or at some other location. All in all, the selected artists or architects have a maximum term of five months to produce a new work for the prize. The candidates will subsequently be judged by the panel on the basis of this work. In the case of the architects, the panel will formulate a specific assignment. During the work period, each shortlisted artist or architect can be supported by a coach of his or her choosing.
The shortlisted candidates’ work will be presented in both a group exhibition and a publication. After a second adjudication round based on the new works produced by the candidates, the recipient of that year’s Prix de Rome is announced. The winner is presented with a EUR 40,000 cash prize and a three months work period at the American Academy in Rome. Through the latter, the Mondriaan Fund gives a contemporary spin on the award’s origins.