Transformative Territories: Performing transition through the arts

Transformative Territories: Performing transition through the arts

A new European cooperation program led by COAL and five partners on Transformative Artistic Practices

Aware of the need to redefine the meaning of artistic practices in our societies and embodying in concrete terms the great ambitions of the New European Bauhaus, COAL is running the project Transformative Territories: performing transition through the arts from 2024 to 2026 with five othEuropean partners. With the scientific support of LADYSS and the Institut Michel Serres, and the backing of Creative Europe, the program aims to explore the role of the arts and Transformative Artistic Practices on a territorial scale.

The six cultural collectives brought together in the Transformatives Territories (TT) cooperation program have long been working towards an alliance between art and sustainability. They have set themselves the goal of contributing to the development of a culture of sustainability, to bring about and embody other artistic, scientific and political narratives of ecological transformation and solidarity in our societies. Five of them have set up atypical, non-institutional cultural venues, veritable open-air laboratories where they can experiment with concrete, realistic “ecotopias”. In particular, they are characterized by their rural or agricultural location, which favors a connection with the realities of the local territory, daily life, biological diversity and natural cycles.

Campo Adentro

(Spain), created by artist Fernando Garcia Dory with his Inland project, has revived an abandoned hamlet in Asturias by creating a new school for pastoralists. Artist Olivier Darné, with

Zone Sensible

has created a permaculture farm in Saint Denis on the outskirts of Paris (France) to reenchant the disfigured landscapes of the suburbs and reveal their richness. In Horažďovice (Czech Republic), American artist Barbara Benish has created the


farm on the site of the former Červený Mlýn mill. A place dedicated to sustainable, situated and non-hierarchical artistic experimentation, where local and international scales intersect. As of 2019,

Locus Athens

has created Tavros, a venue named after the district of Athens (Greece) where it is located and in reference to its Turkish migratory history, championing art operational for ecology, democracy and equality.

Instituto Terra Memoria

aims to unite the village of Maçao (Portugal) and its many intercontinental partners around the social, environmental and cultural challenges of ecological transition through archaeology and memory.


the program’s coordinator, has been supporting the emergence of a new culture of ecology and life through emblematic actions since 2008. In 15 editions, its COAL Prize of art and ecology has helped to identify and bring to the fore hundreds of artists around the world who use their talent to imagine and experiment with solutions, to make visible and accompany the transformation of territories, lifestyles, organisations and modes of production.

These six partners are exploring and experimenting with collective processes for making peace with the Earth, through their atypical and pioneering cultural venues and practices. As new places of learning and transmission on a regional scale, they contribute every day to inventing new cultural models that are resilient and inclusive. In particular, they are laboratories for experimenting and learning what we call Transformative Artistic Practices.

Driven by a new generation of artists and created by collective, participatory and transdisciplinary processes, these Transformative Artistic Practices bring together and reinvent practices from a wide variety of origins and fields to reconfigure ways of inhabiting the Earth. They are ‘culture-based solutions’ for the ecological transition of territories. Through transnational research-creation, collective events, support from a scientific committee, the creation of methodological tools and their dissemination, TT aims to promote the innovation laboratories that these sites represent, and the potential of their practices.

TT aims to strengthen the circulation of artists, works and methodologies in this emerging field of Transformative Artistic Practices; to reinforce the capacities of these cultural spaces and the artists they support; to develop innovative pedagogies and an extended network; to establish a genuine platform for exchange and mutual support between these organizations; and to disseminate their specific know-how and potential to the entire cultural sector and, more widely, to other sectors of the ecological transition in the service of a sustainable transformation of territories.

The fifteenth edition of the COAL Prize – Se Transformer is part of the European Transformative Territories program, and will showcase some 100 artistic and cultural projects.


There’ll be a whole host of activities taking place across Europe up until 2026, which you can follow on our networks and on our website dedicated to the project coming soon!

Take a look at

TRANSFORMING ENERGY, Collectif Berru, Season France – Portugal Exemplary

  • 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.