Call for projects – COAL Prize 2014

Call for projects – COAL Prize 2014

The COAL Art and Environment Prize reveals the richness of the answers brought by the artists to the current environmental problems. Since 2010, the COAL Prize honors each year ten projects related to environmental issues, which are selected through an international call for projects involving hundreds of artists from around the world. One of the artists is awarded the COAL Prize of 10,000 euros by a jury of art and ecology personalities. In 2013 the COAL Prize, on the theme Adaptation, was awarded to Laurent Tixador for his project “Transitional Architecture”.

In 2014, the theme of the COAL Prize is PARIS. The environmental and societal issues facing the French capital are numerous: pollution, energy, urban sprawl, transportation, land, biodiversity erosion, adaptation to climate change, etc. A creative approach to ecology is emerging in new social organizations, alternative modes of production, collaborative ways of living and working that advocate conviviality as well as happy sobriety. After having been for a long time the city of light, symbol of industrial modernity and progress, will Paris be able to shine again by embodying ecological post-modernity?

Paris, one of the world’s great capitals of culture and creation, invites artists in 2014 to demonstrate together the central role that art can play in a sustainable and responsible city. The artists, mostly urban, heirs to the diversity that Paris embodies, are invited to shake up, rethink, and reinvent the capital, in a multipolar and connected world, to define a more just and radiant urban culture, in harmony with nature.

The 2014 COAL Prize will be awarded in Paris on April 10, 2014 at the Museum of Hunting and Nature, during a ceremony attended by the ten selected artists and personalities from the art and sustainable development fields.

Created in 2010 by the association COAL, the Coalition for Art and Sustainable Development, the COAL Art and Environment Prize is placed under the high patronage of the Ministry of Culture and Communication, the Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy and the National Center for Plastic Arts.

Download the call for projects in pdf


The closing date for the call for projects is midnight on February 10, 2014.
The COAL Award will be presented on April 10, 2014 at the Museum of Hunting and Nature in Paris.

Selection Committee

Nathalie Blanc, Director of Research at the CNRS (LADYSS) in urban geography
Anne-Marie Charbonneaux, President of the art center Le Magasin in Grenoble
Claudio Cravero, Director of the Parco d’Arte Vivente in Turin

Alice Audouin, Lauranne Germond, Loic Fel, Guillaume Robic and Clément Willemin, founders of Coal, and Maëva Blandin, production manager at Coal.

The selection committee is chaired by Anne-Marie Charbonneaux.


Claude d’Anthenaise, Chief Curator of the Museum of Hunting and Nature
Fabrice Bousteau, Editor in chief of Beaux-Arts Magazine
Patrick Degeorges, Philosopher, emerging and strategic ideas at the Ministry of Ecology
Valérie Duponchelle, Art critic
Pierre-Henri Gouyon, Biologist specialized in evolutionary sciences, botany and ecology, Professor at the National Museum of Natural History
Catherine Larrère, Philosopher, Professor Emeritus at the University of Paris 1-Panthéon-Sorbonne, President of the Political Ecology Foundation
Dominique Lestel, Researcher in philosophy at the University of Tokyo.
Laurent Le Bon, Director of the Centre Pompidou Metz
Jacques Martial, President of the Etablissement Public du Parc et de la Grande Halle de la Villette
Raphaël Ménard, Director of Foresight, Egis Group
Pierre Oudart, Deputy Director in charge of visual arts at the General Directorate for Artistic Creation of the Ministry of Culture and Communication

Project selection

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 10,000 euro endowment does not necessarily cover the totality of the project’s production costs and must be considered as an aid to its development.

Beyond the awarding of the COAL Prize, the call for projects is also an opportunity to promote artists involved and to testify to the creative potential of the plastic arts on the theme of the environment.

Coal wants to foster the networking of these artists with scientists and stakeholders, produces, enhances and promotes projects identified by the call for projects through exhibitions, events and commissions. The projects may be disseminated on Ressource 0, a national platform for arts and ecologies, with the agreement of the artists.

Application Form

The application must consist of the following documents in a single file in pdf format(The application must not exceed 20 pages):

-A synthetic and illustrated description of the proposed project presenting its artistic dimension and its perspective with the environmental subject and the annual theme;
– Two high definition visuals illustrating the project;
-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.

Submission of files

All proposals must be submitted on the COAL server by February 10, 2014.

> Put your file online on the COAL server

Special conditions

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 project, on all supports, by all media, in all countries and for THE LEGAL DURATION OF COPYRIGHT 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

Lucie & Simon, Silent world, Paris 2009.


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