Prince Claus Impact Awards

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Once every two years, the Prince Claus Fund recognises six trailblazing artists and cultural practitioners with the Prince Claus Impact Awards. These individuals showcase the transformational power of culture and have made significant contributions in regions where resources or opportunities for cultural expression are limited. With the Prince Claus Impact Awards, we recognise artists who are becoming excellent role models, whose work has a positive impact on their societies and who deserve greater recognition.

The Prince Claus Fund maintains a broad view of culture open to all artistic and cultural disciplines. Our Impact Awards are presented to artists and cultural practitioners in recognition of both the excellent quality of their work and their positive contribution to the development of their society. These individuals are up-and-coming leaders in their field and have shown transformative power, consistent dedication and engagement within their contexts and beyond. Their diverse practices are of high quality, innovative and artistically inspiring, present new perspectives, and deal in new and creative ways with pressing social and/or political issues.  

Outstanding quality is a given for the Prince Claus Fund. We assess the quality through the professional and personal contexts and the positive influence on culture and society. The Prince Claus Impact Awards recognise artistic and intellectual qualities, experimentation and innovation, audacity and tenacity. We seek to foster inspirational leadership and to enhance the positive impact of cultural expression on societies. 

For our Impact Awards, the Prince Claus Fund invites cultural experts from its global network to nominate candidates. An international, independent & interdisciplinary Jury is commissioned to select the six Impact Award recipients every two years. 

The Prince Claus Fund Impact Award Recipients receive their awards in a ceremony at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam. The awards are also presented to the recipients at ceremonies in their respective countries through our continued cooperation with the Dutch Foreign Ministry.

Image: Dada Masilo,Giselle, Dance Factory, Johannesburg 2017 © John Hogg