Nominations AHK Graduation Prize 2019

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Ten graduation projects from the Graduates 2019 have been nominated for the eight edition of the AHK Graduation Prize. This prize, consisting of a sum of € 3,000, is awarded in two categories: for the best bachelor project and for the best master project. An audience award will also be presented. The jury, chaired by Xandra Schutte (chief editor De Groene Amsterdammer), will announce the winners on Monday 25 November.

Five bachelor projects and five master projects were nominated based on 34 entries: 


  • Jessie L’Herminez, Lisanne Bovee, Emma Boots, Jorik Damman and Rutger Bouwman (Theatre Directing, Scenography, Production and Stage Management, Design & Technology) for Een Carnaval;
  • Iris Harpman (Cultural Heritage) for Famille noire;
  • Elisabeth Raymond (SNDO - Choreography) for Forever flow of wet long fingers;
  • Edson da Conceicao (Directing Fiction) for Porfotto;
  • Marlies Smeenge (Directing Documentaries) for Traag naar de hemel.


  • Éadaoin Copeland (Master Classical Music - piano) for Beyond the music;
  • Stefan Pavlovic (Master of Film) for Looking for horses;
  • Paul Kuipers (Master in Architecture) for Het Achterhuis;
  • Carmen Lamptey and Gabriela Acosta Camacho (Master of Education in Arts) for Insight out;
  • Billy Mullaney (Master DAS Theatre) for Never Never Never Ever Never Never Ever Never Ever Ever EVER Ever EVER Give Up Unless It Gets Too Hard.

How do you compare choreography with an architectural design, or a heritage thesis with a mime performance? The jury are faced with a difficult task each year. Important criteria upon which the jury evaluates the entries, in addition to them having been assessed as very good, include the way in which a connection is made with the outside world in the graduation project, and the relevance of the work for the further development of the profession. The jury also takes into account the difference in level between Bachelor’s and Master’s graduation projects.

Award ceremony
On 25 November, the jury will announce the winners during a festive ceremony. Also the winner of the audience award (whose content remains a surprise until the ceremony) will be announced. Everyone is welcome to attend this event.
Date: Monday 25 November 2019, 16:00-19:00 (including drinks reception)
Location: Conservatorium van Amsterdam, Oosterdokskade 151

Information on all projects can soon be found on the AHK Graduation Prize website. You will soon be able to cast your vote for the audience award.