Open Call Coal Prize 2021

07.12.2020 |

The COAL Prize devotes its 2021 edition to the crucial issue of forests at the center of the climate crisis and ecological transition. The COAL Prize valorises contemporary artists who address current ecological issues and support the emergence of a culture of sustainability in their own varied, rich and novel approaches.

In a few decades, the forest has become the symbol and the point of convergence of desires, environmental disasters and struggles that are shaking the contemporary world in crisis. Thirteen million hectares of forests are lost each year, under pressure from agriculture, overgrazing, logging, and urbanization; swathes of forests in the Amazon, Australia and sub-Saharan Africa are burning while others are dying on the stalk due to global warming, depriving wildlife of their natural habitats. Forests alone are home to 80% of the world's terrestrial biodiversity.

The COAL 2021 Prize once again invites artists from all over the world to mobilize to account for a still living world, to feel and experience the ecological balances of forests, to promote the diversity of beings and cultures that inhabit them, to revive their ancestral knowledge and give birth to new ones, to nourish the movements of resilience that they inspire, to act with their protectors and to invent other ways of being together in the woods.

All proposals must be submitted before 1 March 2021 at 11:59 p.m. on the COAL server. The Prize will be presented during a ceremony organized at the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature in the summer of 2021. The winner of the COAL Prize benefits from an endowment of 10,000 euros allocated by the François Sommer Foundation and COAL, including a residence (optional) at the Domaine de Belval, property of the François Sommer Foundation.

Applicants will be judged on the following criteria: artistic value, relevance (understanding of the theme – FORESTS), originality (the ability to introduce new approaches, themes, and points of view), pedagogy (ability to get a message across and raise awareness), social and participative approaches (engagement, testimony, efficiency, societal dynamics), eco-design and feasibility.

The COAL Prize supports artistic projects in progress. Its award is not intended to cover all production costs of the project but should be considered as an aid to its development.

More information about the open call can be found here.

Created in 2010 by the COAL association, the COAL Prize is a vector for identifying, promoting and disseminating artists who, throughout the world, testify, imagine and experiment with solutions for transforming territories, lifestyles, organizations, and modes of production. The COAL Prize is supported by the European Union through the ACT – Art Climate Transition network, the Ministry of Ecology, the Ministry of Culture, the Museum of Hunting and Nature, the François Sommer Foundation and REI Habitat.




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