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 a project from 2024 to 2026, with five European partners, the scientific support of LADYSS and the Institut Michel Serres, and the backing of Creative Europe, the Transformative Territories: performing transition through the arts program to explore the role of the arts and transformative artistic practices on a territorial scale.

The six cultural players brought together in the Transformatives Territories 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.

INLAND-Campo Adentro (Spain), is a project connecting art and rurality with base in Madrid, Mallorca and the mountains of Northern Spain, with a Shepherds School, publishing house and other actions. It was initiated by artist and agroecologist Fernando Garcia Dory in 2009. Artist Olivier Darné, with Zone Sensiblehas 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 Bohemia (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

is sure 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 Art and Ecology Prize 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, organizations 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, these artistic practices, born of collective, participatory and transdisciplinary processes, vary registers, modes of attention and ways of involving other entities to reconfigure ways of inhabiting the Earth. They are real
Culture-based solutions
for the ecological transition of territories. Through transnational research-creation, collective events, support for 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.

With the aim of strengthening the circulation of artists, works and methodologies in this emerging field of Transformative Artistic Practices, reinforcing the capacities of these places and the artists they support, through the development of innovative pedagogies and the structuring of an extended network, establishing a genuine platform for exchange and mutual support between these organizations; disseminating 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 and our ways of living.

The fifteenth edition of the COAL “Se Transformer” Award is part of the European Transformative Territories program, and will showcase some 100 projects across Europe.

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A host of actions across Europe and up to 2026 to follow on our networks and soon on our website dedicated to the project!

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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.