Created in 2010 by the COAL association, the COAL Prize has in fourteen years become a vehicle for the identification, promotion, and dissemination of artists all over the world who dare to imagine and experiment, to transform territories, lifestyles, organizations, and production methods. Together, they contribute to making changes visible, in building a new collective narrative, a new imaginary world, a common heritage, a positive, optimistic and necessary framework, to help everyone find the means and the motivation to implement necessary changes for a shared and livable Earth.
With Plant! the COAL Prize 2023 invites artists from all over the world to sow the seeds of creation and action, to germinate new research and experimentation so that an inventive and resilient plant-based way of thinking can flourish in the world to come. This Prize is a call to action, to transform, to heal, to revive, to hybridize. A call to feel the richness of plants, their balances, and dynamics, from seed to calyx, from molecule to ecosystem.
Located in the commune of Belval-Bois-des-Dames, in the French Ardennes, the Domaine de Belval is a veritable observatory of rural life and wildlife, which welcomes artists selected each year for their contribution to the renewal of the vision of the relationship between humans and his natural environment.