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Prince Claus Fund

The Prince Claus Fund was established in 1996, named in honour of Prince Claus of the Netherlands.

The Prince Claus Fund is an organisation that supports artists and cultural practitioners, allowing them to pursue their work without restrictions. Its aim is to foster culture that can lead to positive social change. The Fund focuses on amplifying the work of young and emerging talents, supporting future leaders, and acknowledging change makers globally, particularly in areas where cultural expression faces challenges such as suppression and limitations on civil liberties.

With a history spanning over 25 years, the Prince Claus Fund has developed a presence in the field of cultural support, utilising its extensive networks to offer unrestricted funding. The organisation prioritises the creation of meaningful connections to support sustainable development goals, emphasising equity, inclusiveness, peace, and environmental sustainability.

The Prince Claus Fund was established as a tribute to HRH Prince Claus's dedication to culture and development. Since then, it has grown into an independent Fund supported by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Dutch Postcode Lottery, and private individuals and institutions.

People develop themselves. They need space for experimentation and reflection for new perspectives to flourish. Through its Seed, Mentorship, Impact Awards, and Exchanges, the Fund is serving a worldwide community of creative change makers exemplifying the transformative power of culture.

The Prince Claus Fund's initiatives demonstrate its role in supporting cultural expression and development, particularly in regions where these are at risk. Through its work, the Fund contributes to the broader dialogue on the role of culture in societal transformation and sustainable development.

The Prince Claus Awards

A consistent way the Prince Claus Fund has supported and connected artists and cultural practitioners is through the Prince Claus Awards. It now has a sequence of three categories of Prince Claus Awards that are designed to support artists and cultural practitioners in different ways at crucial stages in their professional careers.

Each year the Prince Claus Fund gives 100 Seed Awards of €5.000 to artists and cultural practitioners who are in the first five years of their careers. With Seed Awards, the Fund recognises emerging artists and provides initial support to the career development, creativity, and experimentation of cultural practitioners whose artistic work engages with pressing social and/or political issues within their own local context.

Each year the Prince Claus Fund gives around 35 Mentorship Awards of €10.000 to artists and cultural practitioners further along in their careers. The Awards are designed to strengthen the artistic responses of individuals to urgent social issues through mentoring programmes. The Prince Claus Mentorship Awards are aimed at supporting mid-career talent, accelerating socially engaged art practices and facilitating meaningful connections between creatives working on similar themes. In this way, the Fund is creating space for individuals to learn, grow, experiment and test out new ideas - both individually and with their peers. For its Mentorship Awards, the Fund collaborates with partner organisations, such as the British Council, Goethe-Institut, the Creative Industries Fund-NL, the Arab Fund for Art and Culture, and Magnum Foundation.

Once every two years, the Prince Claus Fund recognises six trailblazing artists and cultural practitioners with Prince Claus Impact Awards of €50.000. These Awards are presented to artists and cultural practitioners in recognition of both the excellent quality of their work and of their positive contribution to the development of their communities. Recipients are leaders in their respective fields. Their work demonstrates the transformative power of culture in creating positive social change. Impact Awards recognise artists who are excellent role models, whose work and positive impact on their societies deserve worldwide recognition.

List of previous awards books

  • Traoré, Aminita; Els van der Plas; Marlous Willemsen; Prince Claus Fund (1998). The Art of African Fashion. The Hague, Netherlands: Prince Claus Fund. ISBN 0-86543-726-2.
  • Plas, Els van der; Albie Sachs (1999). Creating Spaces of Freedom. The Hague, Netherlands: Prince Claus Fund. ISBN 90-76162-04-2.
  • Urban Heroes. The Hague, Netherlands: Prince Claus Fund. 2000.
  • Carnival. The Hague, Netherlands: Prince Claus Fund. 2001.
  • Languages and transcultural forms of expression. The Hague, Netherlands: Prince Claus Fund. 2002.
  • The Survival and Innovation of Crafts. The Hague, Netherlands: Prince Claus Fund. 2003.
  • The positive results of Asylum and Migration. The Hague, Netherlands: Prince Claus Fund. 2004.
  • Humour & Satire. The Hague, Netherlands: Prince Claus Fund. 2005.
  • 10 years Prince Claus Awards. The Hague, Netherlands: Prince Claus Fund. 2006.


From 1997 until 2021, the Fund used to present the international Prince Claus Awards annually, to honour individuals and organisations reflecting a progressive and contemporary approach to the themes of culture and development.

Since 2021, the Fund has implemented a new strategy, focusing exclusively on supporting individuals through three Prince Claus Awards: Seed, Mentorship, Impact Awards.

Awardees History

2022 Awardees

100 Seed Awardees

35 Mentorship Awardees:

  • The Arab Documentary Photography Programme: a joint initiative with the Arab Fund for Art and Culture and in partnership with the Magnum Foundation.
  • Cultural and Artistic Responses to Environmental Change with Goethe-Institut
  • Building Beyond with Creative Industries Fund-NL.

6 Impact Awardees:

  • Ailton Krenak (Brazil), indigenous leader, environmentalist, philosopher, poet and writer.
  • María Medrano (Argentina), writer, poet, editor and prison abolition activist
  • Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara (Cuba), artist and human rights defender.
  • May al-Ibrashy (Egypt); architect.
  • Hassan Darsi (Morocco), visual artist.
  • Alain Gomis (Senegal), film maker and screenwriter.

2021 Awardees

100 Seed Awardees

35 Mentorship Awardees:

  • The Arab Documentary Photography Programme: a joint initiative with the Arab Fund for Art and Culture created in partnership with the Magnum Foundation.
  • Cultural and Artistic Responses to Environmental Change with Goethe-Institut
  • Building Beyond with Creative Industries Fund-NL.

2020 Awardees

2019 Awardees

2018 Awardees

  • Market Photo Workshop, (South Africa), (Principal Award), Training institute and cultural platform
  • Dada Masilio South Africa) (Next Generation Award)(dancer and choreographer)
  • Adong Judith (playwright, film and theatre-maker, Uganda)
  • Marwa al-Sabouri (architect and urban thinker, Syria)
  • Kidlat Tahimik (artist in many disciplines, Philippines)
  • Eka Kurniawan (writer, Indonesia),
  • O Menelick 2 Ato (independent platform, Brazil)

2017 Awardees

  • Vincent Carelli (Brazil) (Principal Award), filmmaker
  • Ma Jun (China) (Principal Award), environmental activist
  • Khadija Al-Salami (filmmaker, Yemen)
  • L’Art Rue (art collective, Tunisia)
  • Brigitte Baptiste (scientist, Colombia)
  • Amar Kanwar (film director, India)
  • Diébédo Francis Kéré (architect, Burkina Faso)

2016 Awardees

2015 Awardees

  • Newsha Tavakolian (Iran), (Principal Award), photojournalist
  • Latif Al-Ani (Iraq), photographer
  • Amakhosi (Zimbabwe), community-oriented theatre group and cultural hub
  • Jelili Atiku (Nigeria), performance artist
  • Jean Pierre Bekolo (Cameroon), filmmaker
  • ETCETERA (Argentina/Chile), art collective
  • Perhat Khaliq (China), musician and singer-songwriter
  • Fatos Lubonja (Albania), author, editor and public intellectual
  • Ossama Mohammed (Syria), filmmaker
  • Oksana Shatalova (Kazakhstan), visual artist and curator
  • Y'en A Marre (Senegal), collective of young musicians and journalists

2014 Awardees

  • Ignacio Agüero (Chile), (Principal Award), filmmaker
  • Rosina Cazali, (Guatemala), writer and curator
  • Lav Diaz, (Philippines), filmmaker
  • FX Harsono, (Indonesia), visual artist
  • Gülsün Karamustafa, (Turkey), visual artist
  • Tran Luong, (Vietnam), media artist
  • Museo Itinerante Arte por la Memoria, (Peru), art collective
  • Lia Rodrigues, (Brazil), choreographer
  • SPARROW Sound & Picture Archives for Research on Women, (India), women's archive

2013 Awardees

  • Ahmed Fouad Negm, (Egypt) (Principal Award), poet and critic
  • Alejandro Zambra, (Chile), writer
  • Carla Fernández, (Mexico), fashion designer and cultural historian
  • Christopher Cozier, (Trinidad and Tobago), multi-media artist and cultural activator
  • Idrissou Mora-Kpaï, (Benin), documentary filmmaker
  • Lu Guang, (China), photographer
  • Naiza Khan, (Pakistan), visual artist
  • Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, (Paraguay), youth orchestra
  • Óscar Muñoz, (Colombia), visual artist
  • Teater Garasi, (Indonesia), performing arts
  • Zanele Muholi, (South Africa), photographer and visual activist

2012 Awardees

2011 Awardees

2010 Awardees

2009 Awardees

2008 Awardees

2007 Awardees

2006 Awardees

2005 Awardees

2004 Awardees

2003 Awardees

2002 Awardees

2001 Awardees

2000 Awardees

1999 Awardees

1998 Awardees

1997 Awardees


  1. ^ "Report from the 2020 Prince Claus Awards Committee" (PDF). Prince Claus Fund. Retrieved 8 October 2021.
  2. ^ "Prince Claus Fund". Retrieved 24 February 2017.
  3. ^ "Contact".
  4. ^ "Network, Reza Abedini". Prince Claus Fund. Retrieved 22 February 2018.
  5. ^ "Prince Claus Award for Reza Abedini". The Power of Culture. Retrieved 22 February 2018.
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