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Evens Arts Prize 2015

Evens Arts Prize 2015
Eighteen candidates from nine European countries, working in nine different artistic disciplines … photography, music, painting, community art… That was the artistic menu for the eight jury members and their chairman who gathered for a whole day in Antwerp to discuss the portfolios and to select the winner of the seventh Evens Arts Prize.

Living harmoniously together in Europe is the main goal of the Evens Foundation, reflected in all its projects and prizes. So the jury’s job was clear: select the person or organization whose work fits that mission most closely and who has the best possible impact on European citizens.

After a day of fruitful discussions, the jury decided unanimously to award the Evens Arts Prize 2015 to Artway of Thinking, a contemporary Italian art research project developed by Stefania Mantovani and Federica Thiene in 1992.

In 1996, Artway of Thinking was turned into a non-profit organization for researching collective creative processes, where the artist gets actively involved in the process of social change, collaborating with various professionals, and applying creative thought, perceptual sense and talent in order to generate “new beauty”.

A multidisciplinary group, Artway of Thinking activates collaborations with administrative authorities, companies and professionals. It has worked in Italy and abroad on 38 projects, and has established six workshop models focused on increasing the capacity to “co-create” new realities. For more information, see www.artway.info

The prize-giving ceremony took place at the Venice Biennale in the autumn.

Jury for the Evens Arts Prize 2015:

Michal Chacinski (PL) – Artistic Director of the Gdynia Film Festival
Dobrila Denegri (SRB) – Art historian and independent curator
Hugo De Greef (BE) – Board member of A Soul for Europe and the European House of Culture; President of PARTS and Passa Porta (house of literature in Brussels)

Paul Dujardin (BE) – Director of Bozar, Brussels
Daniella Luxembourg (ISR) – Gallerist, “Luxembourg and Dayan” (New York & London)
Michelangelo Pistoletto (IT) – Italian painter/sculptor and art theorist, co-founder of the Arte Povera
Herman van Goethem (BE) – Historian, lawyer, professor; Curator of Kazerne Dossin, Mechelen

Gottfried Wagner (AT) – Former special envoy for international cultural-political projects, Austrian Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture; former Director of the European Cultural Foundation

The jury was chaired by Ernest Van Buynder, Board Member of the Evens Foundation and former Chairman of the Museum for Contemporary Art in Antwerp (M HKA).