Jeanne Oosting Prize: Lily van der Stokker and Nour-Eddine Jarram

We are thrilled about our partnership with the Jeanne Oosting Prize! For the three coming years we will be hosting the exhibition of the laureates that accompanies this major Dutch oeuvre prize. The 2021 winners are Lily van der Stokker and Nour-Eddine Jarram. The exhibition is on view from August 6 until August 29.


The Jeanne Oosting Prize is an annual prize started by visual artist Jeanne Bieruma Oosting (1898-1994) from her personal funds in 1970. With her death in 1994 the Jeanne Oosting Foundation was established, which continues the prize award.

The Jeanne Oosting Prize is a double oeuvre prize that is awarded to two artists who work with different techniques. The Prize is unique in that the jury consists entirely of fellow artists. In 2021 the jury consisted of Lieven Hendriks, Hadassah Emmerich and Maaike Schoorel (chairman).


Winners of the Jeanne Oosting Prize 2021


Nour-Eddine Jarram

Nour-Eddine Jarram (1956) receives the Jeanne Oosting Prize for his work on paper. Jarram came to The Netherlands from Casablanca in 1979 to continue his art education at the AKI Art Academy in Enschede. 

For Jarram, conquering figuration, not common in Islamic culture, felt like a struggle for a long time, but around 2015 there was a tipping point. He started making portraits of refugees, mostly in watercolor. He focused on subjects with which he was involved, such as the many displaced persons trying to reach Europe from Africa. On the way to a better future and in search of new opportunities, just like himself when he left Casablanca for Enschede. This resulted in an impressive series of watercolors and drawings.


Lily van der Stokker

Lily van der Stokker (1954) receives the Jeanne Oosting Prize for the art of painting. Her work is characterized by representations that refer to everyday reality and depict small, ordinary events from her own life.

Her cheerful, direct and sometimes confrontational works are a response to current themes in the art world and are initially reminiscent of seemingly carelessly noted doodles full of flowers, clouds, curls and garlands. Her work also polemizes the question of what is generally considered to be typically ‘feminine’. Van der Stokker mainly creates murals and often works in situ. Compositions that she first creates in small format are magnified monumentally in cheerful, fluorescent colours, especially pastel shades. This design is processed into playful, decorative shapes. She sometimes combines the murals with spatial elements and work on paper.