Coal Student Prize 2023

Deadline: 19th of March, 2023

During its fourth year, the COAL – Culture & Diversity student prize is dedicated to the topic of plants, in collaboration with the French Natural Reserves.

The COAL – Culture & Diversity Student Prize, established in 2019 by the Culture & Diversity Foundation and the COAL association, aims to support students from schools in the artistic and cultural fields who experiment and propose concrete and creative solutions to the ecological transition through a residency in partnership with the Nature Reserves of France.

Plant! This is the 2023 edition’s topic. Plante, there is a symbiotic relationship between the state and the process! So, the noun plant, a living and bountiful environment, and the imperative of the verb plant, activity that is both disruptive and foundational, are combined in a single word. The COAL – Culture & Diversity 2023 Student Prize encourages students to use their creative energies to develop an imaginative and resilient plant-based style of thinking that will enable the world of future to thrive.

The winning artist will receive a production grant, a residence in one of France’s 350 natural reserves, and project implementation assistance from the site’s educational and scientific teams.

Marc Ladreit de Lacharrière founded the Culture & Diversity Foundation, a Fimalac business foundation that promotes access to the arts and culture for young people from low-income families. From its inception in 2006, it has been planning and delivering long-term projects in collaboration with cultural, educational, and social partners. Its initiatives have already benefitted over 50,000 young people.

COAL, founded in 2008 in France by experts from contemporary art, ecology, and research, mobilizes artists and cultural players on social and environmental challenges. COAL is the first French actor to encourage the formation of a new environmental culture through the COAL Award, international cooperation efforts, and approximately a hundred exhibitions and cultural projects on the territory.


The Culture & Diversity Foundation grants the winner

  • a two-month residency in one of France’s 350 nature reserves,
  • a production grant of 5,000 euros.

The winner will be accompanied throughout his or her residency by the educational and scientific teams of the nature reserve for the implementation of the project. The Fondation Culture & Diversité covers the residency fees. In the event that the winning project is carried by a collective, the conditions of residence will be specifically reviewed.


Be a student in a school in the arts and culture field and have completed two years of higher education. Student groups are eligible. The list of schools in the artistic and cultural field is attached.



  • Application via form. Files must consist of the following documents, assembled in a single PDF file, not to exceed 30 MB, entitled: NAME_First_Name_Student_2023_Project Title:
    • a detailed description of the project with regard to the selection criteria;
    • a technical note and a budget estimate;
    • two visuals illustrating the project, at least ; – a CV and an artistic file;
    • a 2022-2023 school certificate.

Click here to apply 

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