Evens Arts Prize

The Evens Arts Prize honours artists who engage with contemporary realities in Europe and envision perspectives for shaping our common world.

Far from reducing artistic practice to a function – whether a social balm or a political catalyst – the Evens Arts Prize supports aesthetically and intellectually powerful work that pushes the understanding of plurality, difference, and alterity in new directions, questions values and narratives, creates space for silenced or dissonant voices, and reflects on diverse forms of togetherness and belonging.

The biennial Prize is awarded to a European artist working in the fields of visual or performing arts; it carries a sum of €15,000. Through this support, we seek to encourage progressive modes of addressing current challenges and to frame inspirational visions for the future of Europe.

Read more about the Evens Arts Prize laureates below.

The Evens Arts Prize honours artists who engage with contemporary realities in Europe and envision perspectives for shaping our common world.

Far from reducing artistic practice to a function – whether a social balm or a political catalyst – the Evens Arts Prize supports aesthetically and intellectually powerful work that pushes the understanding of plurality, difference, and alterity in new directions, questions values and narratives, creates space for silenced or dissonant voices, and reflects on diverse forms of togetherness and belonging.

The biennial Prize is awarded to a European artist working in the fields of visual or performing arts; it carries a sum of €15,000. Through this support, we seek to encourage progressive modes of addressing current challenges and to frame inspirational visions for the future of Europe.

Read more about the Evens Arts Prize laureates below.

2019

Artist and choreographer Eszter Salamon received the Prize for her ambitious and uncompromising work that explores what has been forgotten, excluded and repressed in Western consciousness.

A Special Mention of the Jury was awarded to Eliane Radigue, one of the most innovative and important contemporary composers.

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The Evens Arts Prize 2019
2017

Artist and filmmaker Els Dietvorst became laureate for her work, a contemporary parable confronting timeless questions of life, struggle, and the figure of an outsider.

Read about the recent retrospective of the artist's work at M HKA in Antwerp.

2015

Artist collective Artway of Thinking was distinguished for initiating collective creative processes, where the artist gets actively involved in the process of social change.

2013

Choreographer Wim Vandekeybus and his company Ultima Vez won the Prize for their important contribution to European contemporary dance, and their social and cultural commitment at both local and international levels.

2011

Artist Sven Augustijnen was lauded for his body of work that challenged the traditional codes of documentary practice and questioned recent European colonial history, its underlying narratives and current political practices.

2009

Artist Agnieszka Podgórska was distinguished for her work on the body as a 'first language' in our relationship with others, as a prerequisite for living together.

2007

In the framework of its 10th anniversary, the Evens Foundation pursued the reflections that accompanied the Evens Arts Prize to develop the Floating Territories project, linking the contemporary art biennials of Istanbul, Athens and Venice. Artists, curators, philosophers and cultural activists were invited to explore the responsibilities and limits of art in the context of a Europe in motion.

Read more about the Floating Territories project.

2004

The Foundation launched a contest for short film screenplays, aimed at young directors from Europe and the Middle East, so as to create spaces for dialogue between these two cultural territories. The prize, awarded to Nassim Amaouche, Ula Tabari and Timon Koulmasis, enabled the creation of three short films, which were critically acclaimed and won awards at international film festivals.

2011

The inaugural Evens Arts Prize was awarded to Sylvie Blocher with the collective Campement Urbain. The prize recognized their reflection on the significance and the possibilities of artistic interventions in the public space.

Nominators and Juries

Since its creation in 2002, the nominators, selectors and and juries of the Evens Arts Prize have included*: Bart De Baere, M HKA Museum for Contemporary Art, Antwerp | Pierre Bal-Blanc, CAC, Bretigny | Tanya Barson, Tate Modern, London | Andrea Bellini, Castello di Rivoli, Turin | Lynne Cooke, Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid | Catherine David, Witte de With Rotterdam | Ann Demeester, De Appel, Amsterdam | Paul Dujardin, Bozar, Brussels | Jacob Fabricius, Malmo Konsthall | Lars Henrik Gass, International Short Film Festival Oberhausen | artist Jochen Gerz | Laurent Jacob, Festival de Cannes, Ciné Fondation | curator Hou Hanru | Andrea Lissoni, Senior Curator of International Art (Film), Tate Modern | Malgorzata Ludwisiak, Director, Ujazdowski Castle, Center for Contemporary Art, Warsaw | Frank Madlener, Director, IRCAM, Paris | philosopher Marie José Mondzain | curator Hans-Ulrich Obrist, artist Michelangelo Pistoletto | Joana Mytkowska, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw | Jan Raes, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam | Maria Ines Rodriguez, Musac, Leon | Christophe Slagmuylder, Artistic Director, Wiener Festwochen, Vienna | Nicolaus Schafhausen, Witte de With, Rotterdam | Jaroslaw Suchan, Art Museum, Lodz | Dirk Snauwaert, Wiels, Brussels | Intishal Al Timimi, Arab Film Festival, Rotterdam | Marc-Olivier Wahler, Palais de Tokyo, Paris.

*The positions listed applied at the time of the participation in the prize.