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Lisa van Casand (Photography)

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The Heden Start Award goes to an artist who's work is both inviting and intriguing, with her presentation. She guides the viewer through her research. She has a remarkable talent to visualise complicated matter into a comprehensive and aesthetically appealing presentation. Her curiosity is contagious and therefore Heden is looking forward to work with Lisa van Casand!

Heden Start Award (powered by GMW advocaten)

The winner of this award will benefit from a year of business coaching from gallery Heden. Work by the winner will be purchased for the Heden collection directly following their graduation. Heden also facilitates a presentation at a Dutch art fair and an exhibition at their gallery on the Denneweg in The Hague. Next to this you will also receive legal advice when starting your own art practice.

Mattia Papp (Fine Arts)

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De jury van de Jan Roëde Prijs was zeer onder de indruk van de monumentale presentatie van Mattia Papp. Centraal hierin staat een met krachtige penseelstreken geschilderde kruisafneming. Dit eeuwenoude bijbelse motief wordt omgeven door intrigerende schilderachtige taferelen die met hedendaagse videotechnieken in beeld zijn gebracht. De rekwisieten rondom maken in de gecreëerde omgeving het verval zichtbaar. Papp speelt een ingenieus spel met de traditie en transformeert deze naar het heden. Zijn installatie is tot in details verzorgd en overtuigt door een effectief gebruik van de ruimte. Het kunstenaarschap van Papp toont durf en kunde en verdient daarom ter aanmoediging de Jan Roëde Prijs 2017.

Jan Roëde Award

Jan Roëde (1914-2007) studied at the academy in the early 1930s and spent most of his life living and working in The Hague. The Jan Roëde Foundation, responsible for managing his legacy, instituted the Jan Roëde Award to commemorate the centenary of his birth. With this annual € 2,500,- award, the Foundation aims to encourage a Royal Academy of Art graduate to further develop their artistic talent. The jury looks beyond the artistic quality of the work, also examining the extent to which the laureate works in the spirit of Jan Roëde, who believed art had the power to liberate.

Irene Wing Sum Wu (Interior Architecture & Furniture Design)

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The jury has decided to grant the Paul Schuitema prijs 2017 [award] to Interior Architecture & Furniture Design graduate, Irene Wing Sum Wu for her project Goed Gezellig Gevangen. In awarding Irene’s proposal for a more humane, and therefore more effective prison, the jury has decided to refer to Schuitema’s ideals, that is, his social engagement. With her design Irene proposes a clustered prison building designed to challenge the inmates to change their ways and to provoke their personal development. The Dutch phenomenon Gezelligheid, identified by Irene as a moral concept, is crucial to the experience within the cells of the four subsequent levels forming the route towards the return in society. The jury is impressed by the project’s completeness in concept and detail, its convincing design, its self-evidence and its relevance.

Paul Schuitema Award

The Paul Schuitema Award sees the Royal Academy of Art honour the photographer, graphic and industrial designer Paul Schuitema, who taught at the academy between 1930 and 1960. The Paul Schuitema Award recognises work reminiscent of Schuitema’s spirit, vision and working method. In their assessment, the jury focuses specifically on individuality, problem solving ability and social relevance. The winner receives € 1.000,-.

Victoria Douka-Doukopoulou (ArtScience)

Stroom Encouragement Award

Every year, the presentation of the Stroom Den Haag Encouragement Award for Royal Academy of Art graduates is eagerly awaited. Partly due to the substantial prize money involved, but naturally also in light of the recognition and incentive this award offers in the further development of the graduate’s artistic practice. The winner receives € 2.500,-.

Isabelle van Hemert

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Wins the Bachelor Thesis Award with her thesis Plat en Onbegaanbaar. For van Hemert, encountering the artwork Raum 19 by German artist Imi Knoebel resulted in an ‘embodied gaze’; she encountered the work as a photographic experience. She traces the foundations of this experience in her thesis. What the jury was most impressed by is that she did not only succeed in developing a new way of looking and giving a new interpretation of the artwork, but foremost that she realized new possibilities for herself to connect with the media of photography and art, which will inform her practice in the future.

Royal Academy Bachelor Thesis Award

Each department nominates their best thesis. Under supervision of Lector Janneke Wesseling a committee decides which bachelor and master graduate has written the best thesis of 2017. The winner receives € 500,-. Thanks to: Stichting tot Steun.

Philip Vermeulen

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A work like Yannis Xenakis at 150 km/h or Novak Djoković on a djembe party. Big, bold and bombastic.

Royal Academy Bachelor Department Award: ArtScience

Each department nominates their best students. The winner receives € 500,-.

Luis Maly

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Luis Maly convinced with a very strong installation. A very personal experience was the start for a work about life, death and time.

Royal Academy Bachelor Department Award: Fine Arts

Each department nominates their best students. The winner receives € 500,-.

Lisa van Casand

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Because of the excellent quality of her multi-layered work and her extraordinary talent in research, reflection and production of artwork, Lisa van Casand is the winner of the Photography department award.

Royal Academy Bachelor Department Award: Photography

Each department nominates their best students. The winner receives € 500,-.

Márton Kabai

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‘The Confession of the flesh’ is a fluent digital project which delivers a message that is both exciting and terrifying. Using media and screens in which you translated a philosophical topic into a language of visual codes and references is a call to all, to become more humanistic in a highly technological field. You have created a really beautiful disturbing piece, in which we FEEL the decay in its’ intrinsic erosion.

Royal Academy Bachelor Department Award: Graphic Design

Each department nominates their best students. The winner receives € 500,-.

Ignas Pavlikevicius

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This work invites us to walk on water into a parallel universe where the reflective pools that we peer into mirror back the consciousness that we’ve breathed into code. “Waterproof heart“ creeks and ripples of Narcissus, and begs the question: “who are we people?”

Royal Academy Bachelor Department Award: Interactive / Media / Design

Each department nominates their best students. The winner receives € 500,-.

Rick Mouwen

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You definitely hit the jackpot with your concept of a new palace for the king and you nailed it with your video collage of scenes from the selected films overlaid with the floor plan of the palace you designed. You’ve not only made a convincing and intriguing design combining cinema and architecture, but through your project and research (paper) you contributed to the architectural discourse. Good to see how you can keep your engine running while working on your self-commissioned project. You’ve created a working method that you can use for future projects.

Royal Academy Bachelor Department Award: Interior Architecture and Furniture Design

Each department nominates their best students. The winner receives € 500,-.

Rachael Cheong

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You have focussed on the freaky complexity of human nature by combining dark secrets with innocent sweetness. You tell us a story about dolls which are silent witnesses of hidden and controversial actions. With empty eyes, a fake childich porcelain smile and their stuffy romantic outfit they represent the “perfect” silent audience. Partners in crime without any signs of real human emotions, without anger about what they witnessed, without any capacity to share affection. By characterizing this universal but also personal theme in such an amazing way, you blew us all away! Your research about all kinds of dark secrets is both nasty as totally convincing. In a very professional and totally authentic way you have succeed to find the right interaction between complicated high fashion experiments and the human body, regardless if it is male or female. Inconceivable but truly fascinating. Witnessing your collection is an unforgettable and touching experience, that leaves your audience somehow uncomfortable but certainly not indifferent at all behind. Congratulations, Rachael, you have accomplished your studies in a most remarkable way. It was our pleasure to have you with us and we look forward to witness your future projects.

Royal Academy Bachelor Department Award: Textile & Fashion

Each department nominates their best students. The winner receives € 500,-.

Rachael Cheong

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You have focussed on the freaky complexity of human nature by combining dark secrets with innocent sweetness. You tell us a story about dolls which are silent witnesses of hidden and controversial actions. With empty eyes, a fake childich porcelain smile and their stuffy romantic outfit they represent the “perfect” silent audience. Partners in crime without any signs of real human emotions, without anger about what they witnessed, without any capacity to share affection. By characterizing this universal but also personal theme in such an amazing way, you blew us all away! Your research about all kinds of dark secrets is both nasty as totally convincing. In a very professional and totally authentic way you have succeed to find the right interaction between complicated high fashion experiments and the human body, regardless if it is male or female. Inconceivable but truly fascinating. Witnessing your collection is an unforgettable and touching experience, that leaves your audience somehow uncomfortable but certainly not indifferent at all behind. Congratulations, Rachael, you have accomplished your studies in a most remarkable way. It was our pleasure to have you with us and we look forward to witness your future projects.

Royal Academy Bachelor Award

Each year, the heads of all courses jointly select the best graduation works. The winning works are selected from 21 nominations for the Bachelor’s Academy Award and 12 nominations for the Master’s Academy Award. In addition to the enormous honour, the winners also receive € 1.500,- each. Thanks to: Stichting tot Steun.

Jasmijn Muskens

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Een ogenschijnlijk simpel concept met daarin vele waarheden van vandaag de dag. Kleurrijk, toegankelijk en iets om over na te denken. Haar principe laat mensen voelen en zien dat zelfvertrouwen een sleutelrol heeft in het succesvol vertalen van je gedachten en doelen.

Academy Shop award

The Academy Materials Award is presented by the Academy Shop. Located on academy grounds, this shop specialises in paper, drawing and art supplies. The winner of the Academy Shop Award receives a gift voucher of € 150,- to spend on art supplies.

Quinsy Gario

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Quinsy Gario is the winner of the Master Thesis Award. The jury is impressed by the urgency and drive of his discourse, in which Gario explores his ‘aesthesis of resistance and politics, of belonging to materially marginalized and self othering communities’. The thesis shows how the artist founded an artistic practice which is able to develop and inform itself and, more importantly, how to understand an artist positioning not just as an individualistic statement but as being imbedded in a broader intersectional framework. His thesis displays an informed range of artistic strategies to build alternative imaginaries.

Royal Academy Master Thesis Award

Each department nominates their best thesis. Under supervision of Lector Janneke Wesseling a committee decides which bachelor and master graduate has written the best thesis of 2017. The winner receives € 500,-. Thanks to: Stichting tot Steun.

Sepideh Jahanpanah

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Sepideh’s final presentation “A Documentation of a possible work: Corner” is the result of an ongoing and potentially endless recycling of the material world. This unique approach to practice as process, creating a mute scene of incompleteness that reveals the artist’s repeated attempts to make a mark and to leave a trace are the result of a continuous two year exploration of material and the MAR commends the commitment and intent behind this rich and unfolding practice.

Royal Academy Master Department Award: Artistic Research

Each department nominates their best students. The winner receives € 500,-.

Natalie Fyfe

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This delicate, intimate work tells a lot by hardly any speech, and shows a lot by hiding a face. Brave, brittle and beautiful.

Royal Academy Master Department Award: ArtScience

Each department nominates their best students. The winner receives € 500,-.

Klodiana Millona

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Klodiana Millona researched the strong trend in her home country Albania amongst families to construct their own homes in a step-by-step way. Through understanding the dynamics behind this situation she discovered unique qualities in the permanent state of unfinishedness this creates.

Royal Academy Master Department Award: Interior Architcture (INSIDE)

Each department nominates their best students. The winner receives € 500,-.

Pablo Gamez

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While Gámez’ work does not solve congestion or pollution, he shows that, despite all the technology, the reading in such an environment needs to be subject to human criteria.

Royal Academy Master Department Award: Type and Media

Each department nominates their best students. The winner receives € 500,-.

Natalie Fyfe

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Natalie’s intense, controlling, and memorable performance moved the judges, especially the deeply unsettling choreography of the mouth, and a scream which literally hurt the ears. Being party to this performance is a difficult experience, but this deeply personal work reaches outside of itself. Its animalistic presentness and careful theatricality touch on bodily abjection, sanitization, and the human spirit in ways that evoke the work of Beckett as much as the contemporary horror movie or fetishistic sexual practices.

Royal Academy Master Award

Each year, the heads of all courses jointly select the best graduation works. The winning works are selected from 21 nominations for the Bachelor’s Academy Award and 12 nominations for the Master’s Academy Award. In addition to the enormous honour, the winners also receive € 1.500,- each. Thanks to: Stichting tot Steun.