COAL Prize 2018 for Artists worldwide (Award of 5,000 Euros)

COAL Prize 2018 for Artists worldwide (Award of 5,000 Euros)

Deadline: July 31, 2018

Submission of entries is ongoing for the COAL Prize 2018. The Prize is awarded to artists throughout the world who dare to imagine and experiment, to transform territories, lifestyles, organisations, and production methods. Together, they are building a new collective narrative, a new vision, developing our future heritage, and in doing so creating the necessary optimistic framework for everyone to find the means and the motivation to implement the changes needed for a more sustainable and just world.

Each year, the Prize honors ten projects in the field of visual arts relating to environmental issues, which are selected through an international open call. Though only one of them is awarded the COAL Prize, all the artists and projects considered by COAL and the selection committee will become part of a network which COAL may invite or endorse for other relevant opportunities and projects carried out by the association.

The Coal Prize 2018 will be awarded in October in Paris, at a ceremony organized in partnership with the Museum of Hunting and Nature and the François Sommer Foundation, in the presence of the ten shortlisted artists and actors in the domains of art and sustainable development.


  • Winner will receive an award of 5,000 Euros and a residency with additional financial support for artistic production at the Belval estate (Ardennes).


  • The Prize is open to artists throughout the world

Judging Criteria

Applicants will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Artistic value
  • Relevance (understanding of the theme)
  • Originality (the ability to introduce new approaches, themes, and points of view)
  • Pedagogy (ability to get a message across and raise awareness)
  • Social and participative approaches (engagement, testimony, efficiency, societal dynamics)
  • Eco-design and feasibility


The application should include the following documents in a single PDF file not exceeding 20 pages:

  • The completed application form
  • A description of the proposed project, detailing its artistic dimension and its relevance to environmental issues;
  • Two high-definition visuals illustrating the project
  • A note on the technical aspects of the project, particularly in terms of construction and means of production;
  • An estimated budget
  • A Curriculum Vitae and a portfolio.

For more information, visit COAL Prize 2018.