Student Prize 2021 : THE NOMINATED ARTISTS

Student Prize 2021 : THE NOMINATED ARTISTS

Three student projects are nominated for the second edition of the COAL – Culture & Diversity Student Award on the theme of the forest

The COAL – Culture & Diversity Student Prize is associated, for the second consecutive year, with the French Nature Reserves through a residency program.

If there is an ambassador of ecology on Earth, it is the forest. This is why, after a 2020 edition on the living world, the COAL – Culture & Diversity Student Prize will dedicate its 2021 edition to it. With 80% of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity present in forests, it is the terrestrial environment that shelters and nourishes the most living beings. A reserve of life but also of carbon, regulating the climate and waterways, the forest is both this great whole with infinite biodiversity and this indispensable part of the planetary ecosystem, at the same time chain and link. It is also the symbol and the point of convergence of the covetousness, the environmental catastrophes and the struggles which agitate the contemporary world in crisis. Thirteen million hectares of forest are disappearing every year, under the pressure of agriculture, overgrazing, timber exploitation and urbanization; whole sections of the forests of Amazonia, Australia and sub-Saharan Africa are burning while others are dying on the ground due to global warming. All over the world, people are fighting to defend these reserves of life and culture and to make them the models for new worlds to be built.


  • Jérôme Girard (École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs), Under these intranquil vaults
  • Clémence Mathieu (École supérieure d’art et de design d’Orléans), Atlas of relational mapping of alluvial forests
  • Céline Bouquet and Thibault Noirot (École nationale supérieure Louis-Lumière), Inheritances

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In resonance with the scientific work on bioacoustics, Jérôme Girard, from theEcole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, immerses himself and collects the sound manifestations of the different strata of the forest, plant, animal and human. Creation and sound installation,
Under these intranquil vaults,
wants to make perceptible and sensitive the upheavals and the fragility of the forest by using the sound as a marker of the living.

Clémence Mathieu, from theEcole supérieure d’art et de design d’Orléans, is developing a research work on the potential fictions of landscape and design for modes of cohabitation with the river.
Atlas of Relational Mappings of Alluvial Forests
tells new representations, names, and narratives for riverine forests as relational landscapes offering understanding between human and non-human worlds.

The photographic and sound installation by Céline Bouquet and Thibault Noirot, from theEcole Nationale Supérieure Louis-Lumière, invites the walker into the heart of different sylvan ambiences that amaze, raise awareness and question the future of our forests.
is a sensitive dive into the heart of a forest with a thousand aspects.

JURY 2021

  • Frédérique Aït-Touati, Researcher at the CNRS and director
  • Daria de Beauvais, Exhibition curator at the Palais de Tokyo
  • Saïd Berkane, Deputy General Delegate of the Culture & Diversity Foundation
  • Catherine Dobler, Founder of the LAccolade Foundation
  • Christine Germain-Donnat, Director of the Museum of Hunting and Nature
  • Paul Jarquin, Founder and President of REI Habitat, President of Fibois Ile-de-France
  • Olivier Lerude, Senior official for sustainable development at the Ministry of Culture
  • Charlotte Meunier, President of the Nature Reserves of France
  • Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez, Head of Cultural Programming at the Cité internationale des arts
  • Marc-André Selosse, Biologist, Professor at the Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, President of BioGée
  • Joelle Zask, Philosopher


The Culture & Diversity Foundation grants the winner a two-month residency in one of France’s nature reserves, along with a production grant of 5,000 euros. Within the framework of the residency, the Culture & Diversity Foundation covers accommodation, food and transportation costs.


The association Réserves naturelles de France (RNF) leads a national network of more than 700 nature protection professionals working daily in the territories where nearly 350 nature reserves exist. Their actions are based on three missions: the knowledge of the natural biological and geological heritage, its management and protection, the sensitization and the discovery by the citizens of these spaces of nature, life, meetings and creation. As an ambassador for nature reserves, RNF is the voice of nature, actively mobilizing all of society’s stakeholders, particularly in the field of culture.


The Culture & Diversity Foundation, a Fimalac corporate foundation created by Marc Ladreit de Lacharrière, aims to promote access to the arts and culture for young people from modest backgrounds. Since its launch in 2006, it has been designing and implementing sustainable programs directly in the field with its cultural, educational and social partners. More than 45,000 young people have already benefited from its actions.

The COAL associationcreated in France in 2008 by professionals of contemporary art, ecology and research, mobilizes artists and cultural actors on societal and environmental issues and supports the essential role of creation and culture in raising awareness and implementing concrete solutions. Through the COAL Prize, international cooperation actions and more than fifty exhibitions and cultural projects, COAL is the first French actor to promote the emergence of a new culture of ecology.

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  • About us
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    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.

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    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.