Heineken Prize for Art

The Dr. A.H. Heineken Prize for Art encourages artistic expression in the Netherlands. Alfred Heineken established the prize to recognise and support outstanding Dutch artists.

The Dr. A.H. Heineken Prize for Art was established in 1988 to recognize and encourage visual artists in the Netherlands.

The Dr. A.H. Heineken Prize for Art is awarded biannually.

The Prize consists of 50.000 euros and a publication or exhibit to the value of 50.000 euros and is funded by the Alfred Heineken Fondsen Foundation.


Art; artistic practice

Who is it for?

Outstanding visual artist in the Netherlands.

Who can nominate?

  • members of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, members of the Society of Arts, and members of The Young Academy
  • museum directors
  • general directors of institutes of higher professional art education and post-graduate training
  • the directors of the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, De Ateliers and Van Eyck
  • the board of the Netherlands Gallery Association
  • directors of exhibition centres for the fine arts

Each of the above may nominate one visual artist.

Do you know an artist who you think should be awarded this Prize, but you are not eligible to nominate? Recommend the artist to one of the above.

Nomination and award

Nominations for the 2020 Heineken Prize for Art are no longer being accepted. The Academy will announce the winner of the Prize in Spring 2020.

The Award Ceremony will be on 1 October 2020 in Amsterdam.