‘Friends of the S.M.A.K. Prize | Coming People’ is a biennial competition for young artists who have just graduated from one of the Belgian art colleges.
It remains a difficult task for recent graduates to move into the art field. By presenting the work of promising young Belgian art graduates to a broad audience, ‘Friends of the S.M.A.K. Prize | Coming People 2016’ aims to build a bridge between the colleges and the professional world.
‘Coming People’ already has a long tradition. From 2001 to 2011, S.M.A.K. and the Friends of the S.M.A.K. organised an annual exhibition of work selected from the end-of-the-year presentations at Ghent’s art colleges. Since 2014 the competition has only been held once every two years, but is now intended for all Belgian artist graduates.
The selection of the artists is done by an international jury whose members are Susanne Titz (Director of Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach), Denis Gielen (Director of MAC’s, Hornu), Zoë Gray (Senior Curator at WIELS, Brussels), Anders Kreuger (Curator at M HKA, Antwerp), Martin Germann (Senior Curator at S.M.A.K., Ghent) and Ann Hoste (Curator at S.M.A.K., Ghent). Once the selection has been made, S.M.A.K. will put together an exhibition of representative work by the winners in consultation with the artists themselves.
- This year's participating artists are Chloë Delanghe, Joëlle Dubois, Tom Hallet, Vedran Kopljar, Stefan Nestoroski, Diana Tamane en Cléo Totti
- On Saturday the 25th of June 2016 the jury chose Diana Tamane as the winner of the ‘Friends of the S.M.A.K. Prize’: she receives € 5.000 and membership of the Friends of the S.M.A.K.
- For the first time the Friends of the S.M.A.K. will grant a public choice award too. The winner will be announced at the end of the exhibition in August.