COAL Award 2019 – Call for projects

COAL Award 2019 – Call for projects

In 2019, for its tenth edition, the COAL Prize is partnering with the Platform on Disaster-Related Displacement and DISASTER TRAVEL: Uncertain Travel to address a fundamental topic: that of disaster and climate change-related displacement.

Since 2009, it is estimated that every second a person is displaced by a sudden-onset disaster. Droughts, floods, earthquakes and tsunamis have left many victims without shelter, clean water or basic necessities. At the same time, slower changes such as desertification, land degradation and sea level rise are forcing more and more people to leave their homes. In general, environmental causes are now intrinsically linked to the set of political, economic and social factors at the origin of migration. We must face this “trial common to all: the trial of being deprived of land. [We discover more or less obscurely that we are all in migration towards territories to be rediscovered and reoccupied” (Bruno Latour, Where to land?).

A World Bank report released in March 2018 indicates that by 2050, 143 million people, globally, could be displaced as a result of these impacts if nothing is done to curb climate change. In September 2018, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres delivered an impassioned speech, calling on world leaders and policymakers, who for too long have “refused to listen,” to come out of denial, because they have the power to change the game.

Nevertheless, significant progress has been made in recent years to close the gaps in international law regarding the protection of people who, due to disasters and climate change, are displaced beyond their borders. The challenge is to ensure that the policy commitments made in the Global Compact on Migration, through the Global Compact on Refugees, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the UNFCCC Working Group on Displacement and the Agenda for the protection of the Nansen Initiative are being translated into on-the-ground action in the places most threatened by climate change.

Meeting the enormous challenge we face begins with making it visible. This is why COAL, through this special edition, addresses all the artists who, throughout the world, testify, imagine, experiment and work for a world more respectful of ecological balance and climate justice. Through their creation, they can encourage decision-makers to grasp and address the reality of displacement caused by climate change. The COAL Prize will be awarded at the COP25 in Chile, and will help ensure that political decisions are translated into concrete changes for a livable and shared earth.

With the sponsorship of the Ministries of Culture and Ecological Transition. With the support of the French Ministry of Culture, the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, the François Sommer Foundation, the Platform on Disaster-Related Displacement and DISASTER TRAVEL.



Closing of the call for projects: September 9, 2019 at 11:59 p.m.
Announcement of the 10 nominees: November 2019
Award ceremony: December 2019 during the COP 25 in Chile.


Within the framework of this special edition, the winner receives an endowment of 10,000 euros from the François Sommer Foundation. It will also benefit from an international visibility in connection with DISPLACEMENT: Uncertain Journeys.


Created in 2010 by the association COAL, the COAL Prize has become in ten years, a vector of identification, promotion and dissemination of artists to the general public, political actors, professionals of culture and ecology around the world.

Each year, ten nominated projects are selected by a committee of professionals from among all the applications received in response to an international call for projects. One of them is awarded the COAL Prize by a jury composed of representatives of the partner organizations and personalities of art and ecology.

In addition, all the applications considered by COAL and the selection committee allow to introduce artists and projects that can be solicited or promoted according to other opportunities and actions carried out by the association and its partners.


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 of the projects

The COAL Prize supports artistic projects in progress or to come. Its endowment does not necessarily 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, named NAME_Firstname_2019_Project_Title (the application must not exceed 30 MB):

– the completed application form, to be downloaded

– a detailed description of the proposed project presenting its artistic dimension, its perspective on the theme of Climate, Disasters and Displacement as well as a technical note and a budget estimate
– at least two visuals illustrating the project;
– a Curriculum Vitae and an artistic file.

All proposals must be submitted by September 9, 2019, on the COAL server:


By participating in this call, the authors of the projects expressly authorize COAL and its partners to publish, reproduce and publicly distribute all or part of the elements of their project, for any purpose related to the promotion and communication of the COAL Prize, on any support, by any media, in any country. 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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The COAL Prize is sponsored by the Ministries of Culture and Ecological Transition. It is supported by the Ministry of Culture, the Museum of Hunting and Nature and the François Sommer Foundation, the Platform on Disaster Displacement and its cultural program DISPLACEMENTS: Uncertain Journeys.

The Museum of Hunting and Nature and the François Sommer Foundation

The Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature is one of the first museums in France to invest in a quality program combining art and ecology. Exceptional collections of ancient, modern and contemporary art (from Antiquity to the present day) as well as a cultural program and a monthly magazine that show the evolution of man’s relationship with animals and his representations of the world.

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.

Disaster Displacement Platform

The Platform on Disaster-Related Displacement (PDD) is a state-led process that aims to improve the protection of people displaced across borders in the context of disasters and the effects of climate change. The purpose of the DP is to implement the recommendations of the the Agenda for the protection of the Nansen Initiative, a toolkit to better prevent and prepare for displacement and to respond to situations where people are forced to seek refuge within their country or across borders. PDD builds partnerships between policy makers, practitioners and researchers and provides a forum for dialogue, information sharing, and policy and standards development.

TRAVEL: Uncertainty of travel

DISPLACEMENT contributes to artistic practice and research in international decision-making processes, in close collaboration with the Platform on Disaster Displacement and other partners. The project seeks to provide decision-makers with an opportunity to understand and reflect on the reality of disaster-induced displacement, both visually and experientially and emotionally, as essential for policy decisions to translate into concrete changes on the ground.

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