October 30, 2014 - EYE - Prestigious new prize for art and film: the EYE Prize
October 30, 2014

Prestigious new prize for art and film: the EYE Prize

Photo: Esmee Ottema.

Prestigious new prize for art and film: the EYE Prize

IJpromenade 1
1031 KT Amsterdam
The Netherlands


Marking a new collaboration between EYE, the Dutch film museum and the Patrick & Joan Leigh Fermor Arts Fund, the creation of the EYE Prize is set to highlight the intricate relation between contemporary art and film.

The annual 25,000 GBP prize is to fund the making of new work by a living artist. The aim of the prize is to support and promote the artist or filmmaker whose work unites art and film, and demonstrates quality of thought, imagination and artistic excellence.

EYE’s commitment to exploring the interface between art and film—both historical and contemporary developments—is clearly illustrated by its programming of exhibitions, screening room programmes, events, lectures and symposia. The many artists/filmmakers that have been the subject of dedicated exhibitions include Yang Fudong, Oskar Fischinger, Brothers Quay, Fiona Tan, Anthony McCall, Isaac Julien, David Maljkovic, Douglas Gordon, Christoph Girardet & Matthias Müller, Nicolas Provost, and Slater Bradley.

Sandra den Hamer, CEO of EYE: “With the undeniable intimate relationship between the moving image and contemporary arts, it is about time for a prize for work which brings these two art forms together. EYE is delighted that the PJLF Arts Fund has made the creation of this new prize possible, and, with our additional commitment to stage an exhibition every four years of the three previous years’ EYE Prize winners, EYE will cement as a leading and international institution for film and art.”

An international jury consisting of prominent figures from the worlds of art and cinema will select the recipient. The selection will be made on the basis of the recipient’s body of work—an artist who is developing a significant oeuvre. The first EYE Prize winners’ exhibition will take place in 2018.

An international advisory board will make the selection of nominated candidates for the EYE Prize to present to the EYE Prize jury. The winner will be announced in late January 2015 and will be presented at the annual EYE Gala on April 2, 2015, to coincide with the EYE’s third anniversary. 

The jury for the inaugural 2015 prize:

Sandra den Hamer, chairman (The Netherlands)
Chantal Akerman (Belgium)—director/artist
Stuart Comer (USA)—chief curator for media and performance art, MoMA, New York
Isaac Julien (United Kingdom)—artist/director
Martijn Sanders (The Netherlands)—cultural entrepreneur, advisor and art collector 
Olivia Stewart (United Kingdom/Italy)—trustee PJLF Arts Fund/producer/screenwriter
Béla Tarr (Hungary)—screenwriter/director

Advisory board:
Jaap Guldemond, head of the advisory board (The Netherlands)—director of exhibitions, EYE 
Solange Farkas (Brazil)—director and curator of Associação Cultural Videobrasil
Gyula Gazdag (Hungary/USA)—filmmaker/artistic director of the Sundance Filmmakers Lab 
Marc Glöde (Germany)—film historian/critic 
Sunjung Kim (South Korea)—curator and professor at the Korea National University of Arts 
Andrea Lissoni (Italy/UK)—curator, film and international art, Tate Modern

The PJLF Arts Fund was established in 2011 to support artists, writers, filmmakers and musicians. Patrick Leigh Fermor (1915–2011) was a celebrated British writer. He and his photographer wife, Joan Eyres Monsell (1911–2003), were active supporters of the arts. Both their archives are housed at the National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh.

For further information, please contact:
Rhiannon Pickles PR: 
rhiannon [​at​] picklespr.com

General information on the EYE Prize:
Daan Gielis, Coordinator, EYE Prize:
daangielis [​at​] eyefilm.nl

General information on the PJLF Arts Fund:
Chris Paton:
chris [​at​] threeriversfilm.com

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