The Royal Award for Modern Painting is annually presented to encourage talented young painters living and working in the Netherlands. The Award was instituted in 1871 by H.M. King William III as a Royal Subsidy for Modern Painting.
Dutch nationals who are working as independent, professional artists and were aged under 35 on 1 January 2022 may apply for a Royal Award worth € 9.000,-. Non-Dutch nationals who satisfy the conditions may also apply provided they have permanent ties with the Netherlands.
A jury made up of artists, curators, and art critics nominates the award-winners on the basis of the work they have submitted. A selection of the paintings submitted for the contest are shown in an exhibition at the Royal Palace Amsterdam which opens in October 2022.