About Prix de Rome

The Prix de Rome is the oldest and most generous 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. Talented 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.


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, artists or architects who want to apply need to satisfy the following requirements:

  • no older than 40 (visual artists) or 35 (architects) at the time of the winner’s announcement.
    (In 2021 this will be 3 December 2021 at the latest.)
  • not attending a bachelor or master degree programme.
    (Artists participating in postacademic institutes like Rijksakademie, de Ateliers, de Jan van Eyck Academy, BAK or Sundaymorning@EKWC can apply for the Prix de Rome.)
  • working as a professional artist or architect for a minimum of one year.
     (Participation in a postacademic or postgraduate programme is considered as professional practice.)
  • substantively active and integrated in the Netherlands’ professional visual arts sector or architectural sector.
    (For example: an artist who has been living and working in the Netherlands for some time, also after finishing education in the Netherlands, and who had exhibitions, assingnments in the Netherlands for a couple of years, carried out projects in the Netherlands, teaches at a Dutch academy, et cetera.)

In the case of a creative partnership, all members need to satisfy all of the above requirements.
(If not all members meet the conditions, a creative partnership can participate, but the possible nomination and/or prize will only be awarded to the artist who meets all the conditions. In that case the other members will be mentioned, but they cannot call themselves nominee or winner.)

Architects working at an architectural firm are required to work indepently and in a personal capacity on the assignment, without the assistance of the office.

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 four artists or architects from the group of  artists who applied and who meet the formal requirements. All candidates will subsequently be judged on the quality of the oeuvre so far. Is the work of the artist important for the contemporary visual arts in the Netherlands? Is the work a promise for the future? Important criteria are expressiveness, originality, the interrelation of the candidate’s artistic points of departure and how these principles are reflected in his or her work. Also the intrinsic quality and the feasibility of the proposed workplan will be judged.

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The selection of the shortlist for visual arts will be based on documentation, artist statement, cv and a proposal for new work. The artists who are selected for the shortlist have a fixed term of five months to produce a new work. The selected artists will be provided with a project budget of a maximum of 17.250 euros (ex btw). All in all, The candidates will subsequently be judged by the panel on the basis of this new work.

The shortlisted candidates’ work will be presented in both a group exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam 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.

On 5 Januari 2021 the application procedure for Prix de Rome Visual Arts 2021 will be announced on this website.

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 architects who are selected for the shortlist will be provided with a project budget, and are invited to produce a new work. In the case of the architects, the panel will formulate a specific assignment. All in all, the selected architects have a fixed term to produce a new work for the prize. The candidates will subsequently be judged by the panel on the basis of this work.