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Call for Projects: Coal Prize 2022 on the Oceans [Awards Rs. 8.4 L]: Submit by March 1

Submissions are invited from eligible artists for the Coal Prize 2022 on the Oceans.

About Coal Prize 2022

The ocean is our geographic, dreamlike and political horizon. While the United Nations proclaimed the Decade of Ocean Sciences for Sustainable Development 2021-2030, the COAL Prize 2022 invites artists from around the world.

The awards explore these submerged universes to make them accessible to as many people as possible; to reveal what is playing out in the belly of the ocean, from its abyss twenty thousand leagues under the sea to its surface, to give to see and feel what is still unknown; and to imagine new concrete actions to rekindle resilience with the water worlds.

Every year, ten projects are shortlisted by a committee of professionals among the projects received through the international open call. One winning project will be chosen by a jury composed of representatives of partner organizations and personalities in art and ecology.

In addition, all applications considered by COAL and the selection committee will become part of a network of artists and projects may be solicited or promoted for opportunities and actions carried out by COAL and its partners.


Applicants will be judged on the following criteria: artistic value, relevance (understanding of the theme – OCEANS), 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 COAL Prize supports artistic projects in progress. Its award is not intended to cover all production costs of the project but should be considered as an aid to its development.


The winner of the COAL Prize will be awarded 10,000 euros and benefits from an (optional) residence run by the Museum of Hunting and Nature at the Belval Domaine, property of the François Sommer Foundation.

How to Submit?

The application should include the following documents in a single PDF saved as SURNAME_Name_2022_ Project-title, and not exceeding 30 Mb:

  • The completed application form, download HERE.
  • A detailed description of the proposed project, describing its artistic dimension, its relevance to the theme OCEANS, including a note on the technical feasibility of the project and a budget estimation.
  • At least two visuals illustrating the project.
  • A CV and a portfolio.

Important Dates

  • Launch of open call: 1st December 2021
  • Application deadline: 1st March 2022
  • Award ceremony: 8th Junes 2022



Click here to view the official notification for the Coal Prize 2022 on the Oceans.


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