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Prizes and awards

Johannes Vermeer Award

The Johannes Vermeer Award is the Dutch state prize for the arts and was established in 2008 by the Dutch government to encourage exceptional artistic talent. The organization of the award is in the hands of the 6 national culture funds (since 2021, formerly Boekmanstichting). The prize can be awarded to artists from all artistic disciplines working in the Netherlands: from dance to design, from fashion to music, from painting to writing.

The Johannes Vermeer Award is the Dutch state prize for the arts and consists of a sum of € 100,000. The winner can spend this sum on a special project within his or her field of work.

Former recipients of the award include Rineke Dijkstra, Ivo van Hove, Janine Jansen, Iris van Herpen, Steve McQueen, Michel van der Aa, Irma Boom, Rem Koolhaas, Marlene Dumas, Erwin Olaf, Alex van Warmerdam and Pierre Audi.

This year, the jury consists of Andrée van Es (chair), Pierre Audi, Romana Vrede, Hicham Khalidi and Sjeng Scheijen.

The Johannes Vermeer Prize 2021 will be presented to Natasja Kensmil on 1 November by Ingrid van Engelshoven, Minister of Education, Culture and Science.

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Questions & contact

Questions about the Johannes Vermeer Award? Get in touch!

Noura Habbab

project manager Johannes Vermeer Award Send a message Or call +31 (0)20 523 1509