The selection procedure 

For the BelgianArtPrize 2021 edition, a panel of around 100 people nominate artists. To ensure that the prize best respects the multiplicity of expressions that characterizes the Belgian artistic landscape, the organizers have carefully composed a renewed panel of nominators representing the diversity of ecosystems that make up the richness of the artistic scene in Belgium. This panel is made up of independent or institutional art professionals – curators, art critics and historians, heads of collections, foundations and others – and collectors. These people were invited to nominate up to five artists each. The list of nominators will be announced soon. Nine major contemporary art institutions in Belgium will be able to cast a preferential vote and nominate one artist each who will automatically be considered for the shortlist. 

The nine major contemporary art institutions in Belgium invited to nominate are:

  • BPS22 – Musée d’art de la Province de Hainaut,
  • Kanal – Musée d’art moderne et contemporain à Bruxelles,
  • MAC’s – Musée d’art contemporain te Hornu,
  • M. Museum Leuven,
  • M HKA – Museum voor Hedendaagse Kunst à Anvers,
  • Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens à Deurle, et
  • Mu.ZEE – Kunstmuseum aan zee à Ostende
  • S.M.A.K. – Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst à Gand,
  • Wiels – Centre d’art contemporain à Bruxelles,

The selection criteria

The Prize is open to Belgian and international artists residing in Belgium for at least a year, regardless their racial, ethnic, backgrounds, age, religious beliefs or convictions, sexual orientation or gender.

The artists eligible for the BelgianArtPrize are:

  • Belgian artists or artists residing in Belgium for at least 1 year from the date of their appointment, without age restriction.
  • Artists whose practices have already had time to define themselves and assert themselves without already benefiting from all the recognition they might meet, thereby deserving increased visibility and an international springboard.
  • Artists who have already benefited from individual or group exhibitions in major institutions and / or are / have been represented by a gallery active on the international scene.


The longlist of artists nominated by the panel of nominators will be limited to a shortlist of around 30 to 40 artists based on the number votes that have been granted to them. This shortlist will then be examined by the Jury of the BelgianArtPrize edition 2021.

The BelgianArtPrize does not simply aim to consecrate the career or work of an artist, but also to highlight the urgency, impact and relevance of his/her work at a given moment in history.

Jury and designation of the laureate 

For each edition a new independent Jury is constituted with great care by the organizers. The members of the Jury were chosen on the recommendation of recognized professional experts and in their capacity as professionals specialised in the field of contemporary art (art critics and historians, curators or members of artistic institutions) or collectors.The jury of the BelgianArtPrize 2021 is made up of 5 Belgian and international art professionals and collectors who have developed and proven a sensitivity for the quality and diversity of the Belgian and international artistic scene. The names of the members of the Jury will soon be announced.It is chaired by Amaury de Merode, President of the association La Jeune Peinture Belge and Sophie Lauwers, Director of exhibitions at BOZAR, who have no voting rights.

The jury will meet to choose a single winner of the BelgianArtPrize. To this end, the jury will examine the shortlist of nominated artists. The members of the Jury will consider the artistic practice of the nominees over the last 5 to 8 years, which must demonstrate consistent quality and relevance.Voting procedures are governed by the principle of majority of votes.  The President of the ” La Jeune Peinture Belge” association and the Director of exhibitions at BOZAR ensure the smooth running of the Jury’s operations, whose work they direct and record decisions. Any dispute will be decided by the members of the jury in consultation with the JPB as well as with the PBA. Its decisions are sovereign. The jury’s decision is irrevocable, and no written communication will be made on this subject.
Following this selection procedure, the Artist is designated by the Jury as “Winner of the BelgianArtPrize 2021”.


The Artist will create an artistic project which will be presented at the Centre for Fine Arts / BOZAR the year following his appointment. This solo exhibition includes new works and / or works recently created by the Artist but which have not yet been the exhibited in a major artistic institution in Belgium. No subject is imposed, and all means of expression in the visual arts are admitted. The works must meet the material possibilities of the rooms in which the exhibition is held. The Artist will submit his/her project to the exhibition coordinator who will assess the feasibility of the project.

Award ceremony

The winner of the Prize will be allocated an amount of € 30,000 consisting of € 10,000 of production budget and an endowment of € 20,000 of the Crowet Prize which will be awarded to him/her during a ceremony on the occasion of the opening of the exhibition at the Centre for Fine Arts/ BOZAR.



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