In the exhibition Season Highlights, four groups of Apprentices of the current season Apprentice Master are selected to make an exhibition at the end of each season in one of the four rooms in Kunstpodium T. The managing director and Yearmaster choose the four groups that have challenged themselves the most, both artistically and personally, and have shown the value of the collectivity of the project.
Over the past years, the prize has been awarded to individual Apprentices. The switch to groups was made in 2021.
Judging during Season Highlights 2020 – looking at the work of nominee Tom van Veen
Previous winners Jan Naaijkensprize
• 2020: Melanie Maria
• 2019: Pieter Chanterie
• 2018: Yoel Pytowski
• 2017: Nuni Weisz
• 2016: Ans Mertens
• 2015: Rudolf Samohejl
• 2014: Juan Pablo Plazas
winner Jan Naaijkensprize 2020 – Melanie Maria with her work ‘it still remains’
Connected to the exhibition Season Highlights is the Jan Naaijkensprize: a prize for the preservation of artistic talent in Brabant and since 2014 connected to the Apprentice Master project. During the opening of Season Highlights, an independent jury announces one of them as the winner. The jury consists of diverse professionals from the art world. In 2020 the members of the jury were Martijn van Nieuwenhuyzen (director De Pont Museum), Pieter Dobbelsteen (gallery CINNNAMON Rotterdam) and Atousa Bandeh (visual artist).
Season Highlights takes place in 2021 from Thursday 2 until Sunday 26 September.