12th Edition of the ABN AMRO Art Prize

The winner of the 2024 ABN AMRO Art Prize for female talent in the Netherlands will be awarded an exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. The winning artist will be will be announced on 16th May.

The ABN AMRO Art Prize has been encouraging promising artists in their development since 2004 and bringing their work to the largest possible audience. That is why ABN AMRO is proud that the winner will receive a solo exhibition in the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam for the first time this year. The bank and the museum have a shared mission to promote equality and inclusion in the arts sector. Because the Art Prize now focuses on encouraging female talent in the Netherlands, a direct contribution is made to this. The prize also includes a cash prize of €10,000, a publication designed by Irma Boom, and a second exhibition in the ABN AMRO Art Space on the Zuidas. In addition, the winner’s work will be purchased for the ABN AMRO Art Collection. A professional jury will announce the winner on May 16.

From this edition onwards, the ABN AMRO Art Prize will be awarded to female talent in the Netherlands. Despite the fact that many positive initiatives are being taken to increase the representation of women in the art world, it remains necessary to stimulate this process. This underrepresentation was recently demonstrated in the study Female visual artists in the Netherlands , which was carried out by the Boekman Foundation on behalf of the Niemeijer Fund Foundation, and was previously also mapped out in the study An as yet untold story  by WOMEN Inc. . and ABN AMRO published in 2022. This research also clearly showed that initiatives such as the ABN AMRO Art Prize have a positive effect on the economic value and visibility of artists and their work.

ABN AMRO’s sponsorship strategy focuses on accelerating equal opportunities. To promote equal opportunities and inclusion in the cultural sector, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and ABN AMRO entered into a multi-year partnership in 2022. Rein Wolfs, director of the Stedelijk Museum: “ We are pleased to enter into this collaboration with ABN AMRO. By shifting the focus of the ABN AMRO Art Prize to encouraging women in the arts, we contribute to breaking through existing gender barriers and creating equal opportunities. It is essential that we as a museum actively work to reduce the underrepresentation of women in the art world. In addition to our other efforts, hosting this Art Prize is important progress in the right direction.”

“The bank shares the Stedelijk Museum’s ambition for better representation of female artists. The Stedelijk has already shown clear steps in the new collection setup, purchases and programming, says Sander Bestevaar, Head of Partnerships, Events & Foundations ABN AMRO. “To further increase the visibility of female talent, ABN AMRO supports various exhibitions of female makers in the Stedelijk Museum and the Blikopeners youth program as part of the collaboration. By giving the winner of the 12th edition of the Art Prize an exhibition in the museum for contemporary and modern art, we are jointly contributing even further to this.”    25th April 2024