Royal Awards for Painting 2008

11 Oct 2008 t/m 7 Dec 2008

Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands has presented the 2008 Royal Awards for Painting at GEM Museum of Contemporary Art to Alex Jacobs (Amsterdam), Sebastiaan Verhees (Berlijn), Helen Verhoeven (Den Haag)and Bas de Wit (Maastricht). They will each receive a prize of € 6000, designed to encourage them in their artistic careers. Following the festive award ceremony, the Queen opened an exhibition of the winning works and a selection of other entries.

The competition for this year’s awards was open to all independent, professional Dutch painters under the age of 35 on 1 January 2008. This year 205 artists submitted slides and documentation in response to advertisements in the various media. Over 1100 slides were considered. For the second round, 89 artists were each invited to submit two paintings.

The Royal Awards are intended to encourage talented young painters. They were first introduced by King William III in 1871 and have been maintained by all four reigning monarchs since then. The award ceremony and exhibition are held under the auspices of the Amsterdam Royal palace Foundation (Stichting Koninklijk Paleis Amsterdam).

The members of this year’s jury were: Stijn Huijts, Carla Klein, Ronald Ophuis, Marien Schouten, Gé-Karel van der Sterren, Wilma Sütö (chairman) and Barbara Visser. The exhibition at the GEM will be open to the public from 11 October to 7 December 2008.


Images of the award ceremony on Trendbeheer