About Prix de Rome

The Prix de Rome is the oldest and most prestigious award in the Netherlands for artists under the age of 40. 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 2012, 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.

Every round a group of scouts from a wide range of backgrounds is invited to submit two candidates. In addition, third parties – including the artists and architects themselves – also have the opportunity to propose candidates for the prize via the Mondriaan Fund. An international panel of judges will select a shortlist of – in most cases – four artists or architects from the group of nominees. These artists or architects will be provided with a project budget, and are invited to produce a work for the Prix de Rome – either in their studio or at some other location. All in all, the selected artists or architects have a maximum term of five months to produce a new work for the prize. The candidates will subsequently be judged by the panel on the basis of this work. In the case of the architects, the panel will formulate a specific assignment. During the work period, each shortlisted artist or architect will be supported by a coach of his or her choosing. The shortlisted candidates’ work will be presented in both a group exhibition 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 and a work period at the American Academy in Rome. Through the latter, the Mondriaan Fund gives a contemporary spin on the award’s origins.

Check the website of the Prix de Rome for more information.