8.1.3 Grants, awards, scholarships
Both the government and private institutions award prizes to cultural professionals in various fields. In the last decades, there has been a marked growth in the number of prizes, which has a significant impact on cultural production and consumption. Their number can be estimated at over 700, varying in many ways: from oeuvre prizes to encouragement prizes for young talent or for special groups like students, women or elderly persons; from national, provincial and regional or municipal prizes, to prizes named after a person with exceptional merits in a specific area; from large to small sums of money to statues or commemorative coins; and from all possible sectors in the field of arts, cultural heritage and media, literature and libraries to trans-sector prizes for arts education, arts criticism or cultural diversity.
The Johannes Vermeer Award and the Prix de Rome are two of the most famous prizes awarded by central government. The Johannes Vermeer Award rewards exceptional talent in the arts, in order to honour the artist's work and to stimulate future projects (click here for the English website). The Prix de Rome is awarded to exceptional artists and architects younger than 40 years of age, in order to trace talent and trends in the visual arts (click here for the English website). Grants and scholarships are mostly awarded by the cultural funds (see chapter 8.1.1).
Chapter published: 19-03-2017