COAL and CAPE FAREWELL, the first two European actors to mobilize artists and cultural actors on climate issues are launching ArtCOP21, an exceptional cultural event, which will take place in Paris during the 21st United Nations Climate Change Conference, from November 30 to December 11, 2015.

Labelled “Paris Climat 2015” by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development and the Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, ArtCOP21 aims to mobilize public opinion around a new, positive and sustainable vision of the world. Today, a real movement that combines social transformation and creative act is emerging all over the world. ArtCOP21 gives it a voice and brings to the general public and political actors other ways of understanding the complexity of the climate challenge through a multiplicity of views and creative and innovative approaches.

With ArtCOP21, a vast program of actions and artistic and citizen mobilizations will be deployed in the public space and a plurality of cultural places gathered for the occasion. In total, more than a hundred French and international cultural actors and institutions representing the best initiatives associating art and sustainable development throughout the world will collaborate in an unprecedented way at the COP21.

Five actions structure the ArtCOP21 program:
– The Public Conference of the Creative Parties which will bring together great artists from all over the world to write the manifesto of tomorrow’s culture;
Monumental and participative art installations in public space by major international artists;
– A real cultural agenda and a tour of exhibitions, performances and experiments throughout the Ile-de-France region;
– A special edition of the COAL Art and Environment Prize and its international call for projects on the climate;
– A workshop on integrating sustainable development for professionals in the cultural sector.

COAL Created in 2008 by art and sustainable development professionals, the COAL association is guest curator of the European Center for Contemporary Artistic Actions in Strasbourg, co-curator of the Domaine de Chamarande exhibitions since 2012, and has produced about twenty exhibitions in prestigious places such as UNESCO or Le Quai d’Angers. COAL has been designing and running a program for FIAC Hors-les-Murs since 2012 and identifies talent each year via the COAL Art and Environment Prize with more than 1,000 artist projects from 52 countries in 5 editions.

CAPE FAREWELL Since 2001, Cape Farewell has been working internationally to bring together artists, writers, musicians, filmmakers, scientists, communicators and opinion leaders to develop creative work around climate change as a catalyst for change. Through exhibitions such as the 2012-2014 “Carbon” cycle in the United States, France, and Canada, festivals, residencies, speaking engagements, and eight Arctic expeditions with artists, Cape Farewell is a primary actor in engaging the public in a critical dialogue about climate change.

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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.