Art Climate Transition
Co-funded by the
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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COAL Paris
30 Jan 2022

OPEN CALL Les Nuits des Forêts 2022

Send your proposal until 30 January 2022

For its second edition, the Nuits des Forêts festival reopens its call for participation to all artists, creators, performers, actors in the cultural and educational sectors, thinkers and poets, to weave an artistic and sensitive program in the heart of the forest. The call is open until January 30, 2022!

A nationwide festival intended for the general public, the Nuits des Forêts (FR) invites you to discover the forest close to home and meet the women and men who inhabit it, cultivate it, protect it and draw inspiration from it… At a time of climate change, forests are at the heart of societal debates: droughts, tree diebacks and diseases, forest fires, carbon offsets and uses of wood… Because forests are a common heritage, the Nuits des Forêts wish to create a time of exchange, bringing together forest stakeholders, wood professionals, but also experts and scientists, thinkers and philosophers, artists, and inviting all citizens to mobilize on these issues. Through the encounter between culture and nature, this event intends to make society aware of forestry issues and promote new relationships with living things, at the level of each territory.

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COAL Paris
1 Mar 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 to 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.

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COAL Paris
2 Jul 2022 - 4 Jul 2022

Les Nuits des Forêts 2021

All over France

An invitation to discover the forest close to home and meet the women and men who inhabit it, cultivate it, protect it and draw inspiration from it. Nature experiences, collective actions in the forest, shows, artistic works, vigils and sharing of knowledge and know-how by foresters, wood professionals, committed actors or scientists…

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COAL Paris
1 Sep 2019 - 31 Aug 2023

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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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