The BelgianArtPrize is a prestigious and historic biennial Award for Contemporary Art that stimulates talented leading artists living and working in Belgium, contributing to the development of their careers and international visibility.
As the first competition for contemporary art in Belgium and under the Patronage of H.M. the King, this biannual Prize organised since 1950 by the non-profit organisation La Jeune Peinture Belge in close collaboration with the Centre for Fine Arts has achieved a historic status. Renowned artists such as Orla Barry, Hans Op de Beeck, Pierre Alechinsky, Ann Veronica Janssens, Raoul De Keyser, Marie-Jo Lafontaine, Berlinde De Bruyckere, Pieter Vermeersch and many others have been participants and laureates.
Over the last 60 years, the organisation has made shifts in the Prize’s objectifs as to respond to the changing context of the contemporary art world ; e.g. the number of awards and their denomination has changed over the years (Young Painters Award, Young Belgian Art Prize). But never had the Prize changed as substantially as this year.
Indeed in 2017, the organisation decided to strengthen the international character of the BelgianArtPrize and its winners. To this end the selection procedure and criteria have been changed and the age limit no longer applies. Beginning with this 2017 edition, all Belgian artists or non-Belgian artists who have lived in Belgium for one year or more, irrespective of their age, can be nominated by a committee of experts made up of art professionals and collectors.No open call is thus further organized.
Under the new name “BelgianArtPrize”, the Prize focuses on a specific moment in an artist’s life. It supports artists whose work has developed substantially over the years but who, however, have not benefited yet from the acknowledgement they rightfully deserve. The artists’ oeuvre does not only testify for its own maturity but it joins an engaged dialogue with contemporary reality. The Jeune Peinture Belge supports the artists by organising exciting exhibitions, contributing to their international networking and the development of their careers with international visibility boost. The organisation takes on the role of facilitator and concentrates on strengthening the international character of the BelgianArtPrize and its winners. To this end it intends to create a platform that will facilitate meetings and exchanges between the finalists, collectors as well as national and international art experts. The non-profit organisation is also working to forge links with other major European art prizes. Finally, it wants to increase the visibility of candidates through the organisation of artist talks, conferences, interviews and communication campaigns.
The Crowet family, who first launched the Prize and still is its invaluable patron, continues to maintain close links through the Crowet Prize (€ 25,000). ING, a structural partner since 2009, will award the ING Public Prize (€ 10,000).