THE ELECTION OF THE EUROPEAN ARTIST OF THE YEAR – PROTOCOL

1.         General
1.1.      With the election European Artist of the Year, hereinafter referred to ‘the election’, every year the most appreciated artist of Europe will be elected by a jury of art professionals and the public.
1.2.      The election takes place since 2003 in the Netherlands as a national event and has been followed up every year since 2020 with the election European Artist of the year. Starting 2021 there will be an election of the World artist of the year as well.

2.         Objectives
2.1       The aim of the election is to bring the visual arts to the attention of a wide audience and to contribute to increasing the awareness of visual artists living and working in Europa.
2.2.      The election also wants to provide a picture of the time in which artists living and working in Europe, are appreciated.
2.3.      The objectives are achieved, among other things, by the large-scale nature of the election, with two rounds of elections in the first instance with a large number of panel members and after that with the public that can indicate their most valued artists.

3.         Structure of the election
3.1.      The election takes place in two rounds.
3.2.      On the first day of the World Art Week every country that participates in the election sends in the most appreciated artist of the country.
3.3.      In the first round (on the second day of the World Art Week), the artists chosen by each country as National Artist of the Year are presented to the panel. This panel selects the ten most appreciated artists. It is not announced which panel member voted for which artist and how many votes the ten artists each received individually.
3.4.      In the second round (from the third day of the World Art to the last but one day of the World Art Week) everyone (the public) can vote for the ten selected artists.
3.5.      Voting takes place using the voting form that is included on the World Art Week website.
3.6.      On the last day of the World Art Week the ten artists are announced in the order of the number of votes cast for each individual artist.

4.         The panel and the voting procedure
4.1.      The panel that selects in the first round the ten most esteemed artists from the National Artists of the Year, consists of more than one hundred art connoisseurs. From each participating country 10.
4.2.      The art professionals are all active or have recently been active in the visual art sector.
4.3.      The names of the panel members who have given their consent, are listed on the website www.worldartweek.com.
4.4. E   ach panel member assigns 3, 2 or 1 point to three National Artists of the Year. By adding up the points awarded by the individual panel members, a ranking is created, of which the ten artists with the most points are the ten artist who are presented to the public with an online voting form.
4.5.      The public can only vote online with the voting form that is published on the website www.worldartweek.nl from the third day of the World Art Week to the last but one day of the World Art Week.
4.6.      The voting form lists the ten National Artists of the Year chosen by the panel members in alphabetical order and offers the opportunity to vote for a maximum of two artists.
4.7.      A person is only allowed to vote once.
4.8.      If it shows that a person has voted more than once, all votes cast by that person, will lapse.
4.9.      When processing the votes, the number of votes is corrected by the number of inhabitants of a country divided by 1 million. Example 1: 29,000 votes from residents of Germany counts as 349 points as Germany has 83 million inhabitants (29,000 : 83 = 349) Example 2: 3,500 votes from Belgian residents count as 318 points as Belgium has more than 11 million inhabitants (3,500 : 11 = 318).
4.10.    Votes cast by residents of countries not participating in the election are rewarded as points to the chosen artists after they have been divided by the average number of inhabitants of the countries participating in the election divided by 1 million.
4.11.    The artist who receives the most points is the European Artist of the Year. The other artists from the ‘Top 10’are announced in order of the number of votes (converted to points). It is not announced how many votes each artist received.
4.12.    It is announced how many votes in total were cast by the public in the second round.

5.         Remarks
5.1.      The election European Artist of the Year is organized by the Art Week Foundation, Oeverkruid 13, 4941 VV Raamsdonksveer, The Netherlands, info@worldartweek.com.
5.2.      For the honorary title European Artist of the Year, the artists who have been elected as National Artist of the Year by each participating country are eligible. These are visual artists living and working in Europe on 1 July of the nomination year, regardless of their education, discipline, style, technique or place of residence. This allows painters, sculptors and photographers, among others, to be eligible for the honorary title. And visual artists who work with, for example, film, ceramics, glass, wood and installations.
5.3.      The chosen European Artist of the Year is from the day that the artist is elected “Artist of the Year”.
5.4.      Because the publication takes place in November each year, less than two months of the year in which the artist in question is elected as European Artist of the Year, fall in the year of publication. Ergo, the European Artist of the Year chosen in (November of) the year 2020, will receive the title ‘European Artist of the Year 2021”, the European Artist of the Year chosen in the year 2021, will receive the title ‘European Artist of the Year 2022” and so on.
5.5.      One can only be selected once as European Artist of the Year. If one is chosen for a second time, the artist with the second most votes (converted to points) becomes the European Artist of the Year (etecetera).
5.6.      In the cases not covered by this protocol, the judgement of the Art Week Foundation applies.
5.7.      This protocol can be adjusted without prior notice if circumstances so require.
5.8.      This protocol is dated December 19, 2019 and replaces all previous versions.