In 2021, more than a year after the start of the pandemic, many artists, particularly young artists, are still struggling to get by.
The association Art of Change 21, specialized in the relationship between contemporary art and the environment, fully appreciates the extent of the negative impact the pandemic has had on the projects and careers of artists working on environmental themes. By their side since 2014, the association had to respond to the current emergency and help this young generation to make it through these hard times.
For this reason, in April of last year, Art of Change 21 decided to introduce the support fund Planète Art Solidaire, with the sponsorship of Maison Ruinart.
257 young artists committed to environmental issues and affected by the health crisis responded to our call for applications, which were provided in the form of a quick and simple questionnaire. Applications were open to contemporary visual artists living in France between the ages of 18 and 40, non-students, for whom the environment is an important is not the central theme in their work.
On the 9th of June, a prestigious jury chose 21 winners according to three criteria: the quality of their work, the place of environmental issues in their work and their financial situation in 2020.
On the 22nd of June 2021, 21 artists received 2000 euros each at a ceremony held in the garden of the Institut Suédois in Paris.
Côme DI MEGLIO
Julie ESCOFFIER et Héloïse THOUEMENT
Marie OUAZZANI et Nicolas CARRIER
Why support artists committed to the environment? Art of Change 21 and Maison Ruinart believe that these artists help us to gain a deeper understanding of our relationship with the living world (i.e. the current pandemic) and look towards a more sustainable future. Their awareness, their commitment, as well as their inventiveness and broader vision must be encouraged and promoted, at a time in which the climate crisis is growing on a global scale.