The Coal Prize Art & Environment rewards each year a project by a contemporary artist involved in environmental issues. Its goals are to promote and support the vital role which art and creation play in raising awareness, supporting concrete solutions and encouraging a culture of ecology. The winner is selected out of ten short-listed by a jury of well-known specialists in art, research, ecology and sustainable development
The 2012 Coal Prize will reward entries that focus on rural issues and farming. It gathers a wide range of stakes, such as: landscape changes, loss of biodiversity, intensive agriculture, heritage, access to land etc. Coal invites artists to reinvest and rethink these crucial topics, for a new approach considering complexity and complementarities of ecosystems.
The award of the 2012 Coal Prize will take place on March 13th, 2012 at Le Laboratoire, a private art center specializing in the blending of art and science.
The prize carries an award of 10 000 euros. Launched in 2010 by the French organization Coal, the coalition for art and sustainable development, the Coal Prize is supported by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, the French Ministry of Ecology and Sustainable Development, the National Centre of Fine Arts (CNAP), Le Laboratoire and a private benefactor.
Application deadline: February 12th, 2012
The Coal Prize will be awarded on March 13th, 2012
Anne-Marie Charbonneaux, President of the National Centre of Fine Arts (CNAP)
Gilles Clément, Landscape designer, writer
David Edwards, Founder of Le Laboratoire
Pascal Yonet, Director of Le Vent des Forêts
Jean-Guy Henckel, Director of Réseau Cocagne
Raphaël Ménard : Director of Elioth, Egis Group
Fabrice Bousteau : Editor-in-chief of Beaux-Arts Magazine
Selection of entries
Applicants will be judged on the following criteria: artistic value, relevance (understanding of the issues), originality (ability to introduce new approaches, themes, and points of view), pedagogy (ability to get a message across, to raise awareness), social and participative approaches (engagement, testimony, efficiency, societal dynamics), eco-design, feasibility.
Entries by finalists are displayed to promote networking with relevant bodies and authorities, which could facilitate their future realization. The Coal Prize aims to encourage innovative practices. Project proposals can take any form. They have to be new or still in process but not achieved. The Coal Prize award can be a part of a more important funding of the proposed project
An internationally renowned scientific committee
As part of the call for entries, Coal is organizing a meeting between artists and members of the scientific committee, with a view to provide tailored guidance.
This scientific committee is made up of:
Edouard Bard, climatologist, Collège de France, science academy, CNRS
Nathalie Blanc, geographer, CNRS UMR LADYSS
Dominique Bourg, philosopher, IEP, UTT, member of the ecology watch committee of the Nicolas Hulot Foundation,
Denis Couvet, ecologist, MNHN, polytechnic,
Alain Grandjean, associate director, Carbone 4, member of the ecology watch committee of the Nicolas Hulot Foundation.
The application should include the following documents, assembled in a single PDF file (20Mo Max.):
-A Curriculum Vitae and a portfolio
-A summary and illustrated description of the entry, detailing its artistic aspects and its relevance to the environmental and rural issues
-A note on the technical aspects of the entry, notably in terms of construction and means of production
-An estimated budget
All proposals should be submitted to Coal server before February 12th, 2012
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By entering this competition, applicants expressly authorize the Coal organization to publish, reproduce and display in public all or part of the elements of their entry, for any purpose linked with the promotion and communication of the Coal project, on all platforms, media, in all countries and for the LEGAL DURATION OF THE COPYRIGHT. Entries submitted but not selected will be held in the archives of the Coal organization. They will, however, remain the property of their authors.
Participation in this call entails the full acceptance of the conditions laid out above.
For any further requests please write to : firstname.lastname@example.org
Picture : Thierry Boutonnier, Angelus After, 2011
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