Since 1950, the Jeune Peinture Belge non-profit association, a group of art-lovers and collectors, has organised the biennial Young Belgian Painters Award with as goal supporting young artistic talent in Belgium and offering it a platform.
The first competition for contemporary art in Belgium, it has achieved a historic status. Participants and laureates have included renowned artists such as Orla Barry, Hans Op de Beeck, Pierre Alechinsky, Ann Veronica Janssens, Raoul De Keyser, Marie-Jo Lafontaine, Berlinde De Bruyckere, Pieter Vermeersch and many others.
In 2013, the Young Belgian Painters Award is updated and becomes the Young Belgian Art Prize.
The artists selected on application by an international Jury of 5 curators and/or directors of major European art institutions, exhibit during the summer their most recent work at the Centre for Fine Arts of Brussels.
Four prizes are awarded by the Jury on the opening :
- Crowet Prize (25 000 €): granted by Baron and Baroness Gillion Crowet
- Émile & Stéphy Langui Prize (12 500 €)
- BOZAR Prize (12 500 €)
- ING Prize (12 500 €)
New in 2013!: the ING People’s Choice Award (6250 €) is awarded during the closing event.