Art Climate Transition
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Creative Europe Programme
of the European Union
COAL Paris




COAL mobilizes artists and cultural actors on social and environmental issues and supports the emergence of a culture of ecology.

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  • #artistsasstakeholders
  • #territory
  • #sustainability
  • #biodiversity

The COAL association was created in 2008 by a group of French professionals working in the fields of contemporary art, sustainable development and research, in order to promote the emergence of a culture of ecology.

COAL mobilizes artists and other key players in the art world around social and environmental issues, in collaboration with institutions, local authorities, NGOs, scientists and businesses, and supports the essential role played by culture and creativity in raising awareness and implementing tangible solutions. The association also contributes to the transformation of territories by art, through the conception of art programs designed specifically for particular spaces, such as “Nature in Solidum” for the Haut-Jura Regional Park or “STUWA” for the tourist information office in Sundgau, Alsace.

COAL has been the driving force behind about 50 contemporary art exhibitions and cultural events around ecological transition for major arts institutions all over France (Société du Grand Paris, Condition Publique, UNESCO, La Villette, La Gaîté Lyrique, FIAC, Domaine de Chamarande, National Museum of Natural History, Museum of Hunting and Nature, Berges de Seine, CEAAC, etc.). Every year it awards the COAL Art and Environment Prize and contributes to sharing knowledge about the subject through its European partnerships (as the French member of the ACT, Imagine 2020, Creative Climate Leadership and La Table et le Territoire networks), provides consultancy services, organizes numerous workshops, public lectures. COAL also maintains the daily update of, the primary online resource platform dedicated to both national and international initiatives that link art and ecology.

Over a decade COAL has become the leading French actor in the expanding crossover between art and ecology. COAL took its place on the forefront of this emerging field when, in 2015, it organized ArtCOP21, the Cultural program for COP21 in 2015, placing culture on the sustainable development agenda. COAL is currently organizing a cultural season on biodiversity for the IUCN World Conservation Congress, which will take place in Marseille in June 2020.



“Nous prenons soin de conserver nos œuvres d’art, mais nous laissons les espèces sauvages, œuvres de millénaires d’évolution, disparaître sous notre nez.We take care to preserve our works of art, but we let the wild species, works of millennia of evolution, disappear under our noses.” Aldo Leopold, 1933


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Culturgest LisbonCOAL Paris
1 Jul 2022 - 4 Sep 2022

Transforming Energy, by berru

Collection Europe | Culturgest (Porto, PT)

Transforming Energy presents the latest work by the Berru collective and investigates the potential of the oceans as an element capable of responding to the challenges that the energy crisis and the management of natural resources pose to us today. This is a Collection Europe project, promoted by the ACT partners COAL (FR) and Culturgest (PT), and it is presented in the framework of Portugal-France Season 2022.

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COAL ParisCulturgest Lisbon
3 Sep 2022

Sound Ocean (Porto)

Relay Lectures

As part of the Transforming Energy exhibition by the Berru collective and the Temporada Cruzada França-Portugal, Culturgest and COAL present a double conference, the theme being on oceans and the interaction of humans with this global – yet sensitive – ecosystem. At the Culturgest Gallery in Porto where the exhibition will be on display, there will be a discussion between Berru collective, Clara Amorim, a biologist and specialist in acoustic communication of fish, and Olivier Adam, a specialist in cetacean bioacoustics. The moderation will be conducted by Samuel Silva, artist and professor at the Faculty of Fine Arts at University of Porto.

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COAL ParisCulturgest Lisbon
15 Sep 2022

Sound Ocean (Clermont-Ferrand)

Relay Lectures

This conference is part of a program of two debates on eco-acoustics and energy issues related to the ocean, bringing together French and Portuguese researchers and artists. On the 15th of September 2022, before the opening of the Berru collective exhibition at the Vidéoformes festival, a second roundtable will take place at the Clermont-Ferrand University with the Berru collective, Roberto Gamboa, researcher at the University of Lisboa, specialist in marine energy production, among others, moderated by Elise Aspord, co-founder of the Vidéoformes festival and researcher at Clermont-Ferrand University.

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Culturgest LisbonCOAL Paris
16 Sep 2022 - 2 Oct 2022

Transforming energy (part II), by berru

Collection Europe | Videoformes (Clermont-Ferrand, FR)

The synergies and challenges that the encounter between the biological and technological worlds presents have been at the center of attention for the berru collective. Their works tend to combine living and non-living structures, whose interaction allows us to understand the complexity of these same structures and speculate on their potential collaborations in creating sustainable systems. This is a Collection Europe project, promoted by ACT partners COAL and Culturgest, in the framework of the Portugal-France Season 2022.

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COAL Paris
1 Sep 2019 - 31 Aug 2023

Resource 0

Online collaborative platform

RESSOURCE 0 dives into a new field, at the crossroads of culture and ecology, both in France and internationally. Its objective is to question and respond to environmental issues, by integrating the aesthetic, creative, relational, sensitive and imaginative dimensions specific to art. RESSOURCE 0 defends a collaborative multi-stakeholder approach, in which solutions emanate from different exchanges and sensitivities.

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