The selection procedure and criteria
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, called upon by the non-profit organisation La Jeune Peinture Belge to each nominate 5 artists.
The first Jury came together in April 2018 and selected 4 finalists among the nominated artists.
The jury members to the BelgianArtPrize 2019 are:
- Kersten Geers, architect and co-founder of OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen,
- Sophie Lauwers, Director Arts & Policy – BOZAR,
- Bernard Marcelis, Historian and art critic, independent curator,
- Michel Moortgat, CEO Duvel Moortgat, art collector,
- Giuliana Setari Carusi, President Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto and Dena Foundation for Contemporary Art, art collector,
- Philippe Van Cauteren, Artistic Director of the S.M.A.K. – Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst in Ghent and
- Sylvie Winckler, art collector.
The Jury’s decision to select Sven Augustijnen, Koenraad Dedobbeleer, Gabriel Kuri and the artistic duo Jos De Gruyter & Harald Thys is based on the subtle stratification and colourful diversity of Belgium’s contemporary art scene. These four artists were selected for the analytical and spatial nature of their artistic practice. Each and every one of them has found in Belgium an inspirational place to work in a focused manner. The Jury is convinced that the international visibility and reputation of the four laureates of the BelgianArtPrize can also be consonant with their grounding in Belgium.
The four finalists will exhibit new works from 15 March until 26 May 2019 in the Centre for Fine Arts (BOZAR). The second Jury will select the winner of the BelgianArtPrize from this group of four finalists in April 2019. He will be rewarded € 25.000 funded by the Crowet dotation. The audience can also cast a vote for their favourite artist as part of the ING Public Prize (€10.000), awarded by the structural partner of the BelgianArtPrize, ING.
This jury will choose the winner of the BelgianArtPrize amongst the 4 finalists.
The international jury is chaired by Amaury de Merode (President of the non-profit organisation La Jeune Peinture Belge).
The members of the jury of the edition 2017 will soon be revealed.