The COAL Art and Environment Prize will reward the commitment of contemporary artists to current environmental issues. For this fifth edition of the COAL Prize, nearly 200 applications from artists from over 30 countries were received. The winning project, chosen from among ten nominated projects, will receive an award of 10,000 Euros on April 10.

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?

Finalist artists: Helen Mayer Harrison and Newton Harrison, Étienne de France, Christina Hemauer and Roman Keller, Åsa Sonjasdotter, Geoffroy Mathieu, Naziha Mestaoui, Natalie Jeremijenko, Michael Pinsky, Igor Ponosov, Ettore Favini

To consult the catalog of the ten finalist projects of the COAL Prize 2014, CLICK HERE!

The Jury of the COAL Prize 2014 is composed of:

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 for Le Figaro
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 CNRS, assigned to 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

The Coal Art & Environment Prize ceremony will take place on April 10 at 6:30 pm at the Museum of Hunting and Nature, in Paris (3rd arrondissement). The COAL 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 of Plastic Arts. It is supported by the Egis group. The ceremony is organized in partnership with the Museum of Hunting and Nature, Hédonie and the responsible communication agency Limite.

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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.