The call for projects for the 2017 COAL Prize is open until July 20


With the sponsorship of the Ministry of Culture and Communication and the Ministry of the Environment, Energy and the Sea. With the support of the Ministry of Culture and Communication, the European Union and the Imagine2020 network, the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature and the Fondation François Sommer.

Download the call for projects for the COAL Prize 2017

In seven editions, the COAL Prize has become the international meeting place for artists who take up the main universal issue of our time: ecology.

The global ecological crisis is now affecting all societies, territories and activities, whether through climate change, resource scarcity, various forms of pollution or the erosion of biodiversity. A global crisis that is intertwined with its economic and social consequences. But this crisis is also a cultural crisis. The dominant values and representations, our globalized culture, determine our individual and collective behaviors, and ultimately our collective impacts on the Planet. Therefore, the solutions to this crisis can only be political and technical. Culture can be a major player in this. This is what COAL has been promoting since its foundation in 2008.

The COAL Prize is thus addressed to all the artists who, throughout the world, testify, imagine and experiment with solutions for the transformation of territories, ways of life, organizations, and modes of production. Together, they participate in building a new collective narrative, a new imaginary, a common heritage in development, a positive, optimistic and necessary framework for everyone to find the means and motivation to implement the necessary changes towards a more sustainable and just world.

Created in 2010 by the association COAL, the COAL Prize has become a vector of identification, promotion and dissemination of these artists to the general public, professionals of culture and ecology and political actors. Each year, the COAL Prize honors ten projects in the field of visual arts related to environmental issues. They are selected through an international call for projects. One of them is awarded the COAL Prize by a jury of art and ecology personalities. Beyond and in addition to the selections, all the applications considered by COAL and the selection committee make it possible to make known artists and projects which could be solicited or promoted according to the other opportunities and actions led by the association.


The closing date for the call for projects is July 20, 2017.

The 2017 COAL Prize will be awarded in October in Paris, during a ceremony organized in partnership with the Museum of Hunting and Nature and the François Sommer Foundation, in the presence of the ten selected artists and personalities of art and sustainable development.


The winner of the 2017 COAL Prize receives a 5000 euro grant and a residency with additional financial support for production at the Domaine de Belval (Ardennes), owned by the François Sommer Foundation.

The François Sommer Foundation, recognized as a public utility since its creation on November 30, 1966, was created by François and Jacqueline Sommer, pioneers in the implementation of a humanist ecology. Faithful to the commitments of its founders, it works for the protection of a biodiversity where man finds his rightful place, for the respectful use of nature’s resources and the sharing of the wealth of natural, artistic and cultural heritage.

The domain of Belval is located in the commune of Belval-Bois-des-Dames. With a surface area of 600 hectares, it is essentially forested and covered with meadows and 40 hectares of ponds. A true observatory of rurality and wildlife, it welcomes each year artists selected for their contribution to the renewal of the vision of the relationship between man and his natural environment. As a testimony to the Foundation’s commitment to supporting contemporary artistic creation, the residency at the Belval estate contributes to the dissemination of the artists’ works to a wide audience. It also puts at the service of the creation a network of complementary skills carried by the scientific and educational teams of the Museum of Hunting and Nature and those of the Belval estate.

Download the charter of the residence at the Domaine de Belval


We invite you to look at the composition of the jury of the COAL Prize 2016


The selection criteria of the projects take into account the artistic value, the relevance (understanding of the stakes), the originality (capacity to propose new approaches, themes or angles of view), the pedagogy (capacity to pass on a message, to raise awareness), the social and participative approach (commitment, testimony, efficiency, societal dynamics), the eco-design and the feasibility

The COAL Prize supports artistic projects in progress or to come. Its endowment is not intended to cover the totality of the production costs of the project and must be considered as an aid to its development.


The application must consist of the following documents in a single pdf file (the application must not exceed 25 pages):

– The completed application form, to be downloaded Candidature-PrixCOAL2017
Two high definition visuals illustrating the project;
– A descriptive and illustrated file of the proposed project presenting its artistic dimension and its perspective with the environmental subject;
– A note on the technical characteristics of the project, particularly in terms of infrastructure and means of production;
– Budget estimate;
– A Curriculum Vitae and an artistic file.


All proposals must be submitted on the Coal server by midnight on July 20, 2017.



By participating in this call, the authors of the projects expressly authorize COAL to publish, reproduce and publicly distribute all or part of the elements of their project, for all purposes related to the promotion and communication of the COAL Prize, on all supports, by all media, in all countries. The projects submitted and not selected will remain in the archives of the COAL association. They remain nevertheless the property of their authors. Participation in this call for projects implies full acceptance of the above conditions.


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Image credit: Angelika Markul, photograph taken on the set of Tierra Del Fuego, El Calafate, Argentina. Award-winning project COAL 2016.

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  • About us
    About us

    COAL mobilizes artists and cultural actors on societal and environmental issues and accompanies the emergence of a new culture of ecology through its actions such as the COAL Prize, curating exhibitions, advising institutions and communities, European cooperation, and the animation of conferences, workshops and the first dedicated website


    COAL has been awarding the COAL Prize Art and Environment every year since 2010 and the COAL Student Prize - Culture & Diversity since 2020.

  • Projects

    Major projects linked to the major events in political ecology, in connection with natural or urban environments.

  • Artistic direction
    Artistic direction

    About fifty exhibitions throughout France, cultural actions, works in the public space, and project support to contribute to the emergence of a new culture of ecology.


    Cooperation programs on a European and international scale, support for institutions in their ecological transition through tailor-made accompaniment and training, promotion of arts and ecology issues through publications and numerous conferences and workshops.