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The Art Explora-Académie des beaux-arts European Award editions

The European Award support cultural organisations championing new dialogues between the arts and audiences. The Award also offers a platform for sharing and disseminating best practices.

Discover previous years shortlisted projects of the European Award!

Shortlisted projects

Year
Country
Icône de Lauréat du prix européen Art Explora Académie des beaux Arts
Victoria and Albert Museum London (Royaume-Uni

A national challenge inviting students to submit solutions addressing current issues

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Real-world problem-solvers

"V&A Innovate", launched in2019, is a major creative design challenge aimed at state-educated 11-14 year olds in England.

"The ideas that these young people have created through 'V&A Innovate' are so on point – it's been a powerful and emotional experience hearing from them. "These were the words of the TV presenter and Paralympic medalist Ade Adepitan MBE, after being part of the "V&A Innovate" judging panel, the annual schools challenge that has been promoting design thinking, creativity and careers in design since 2019. This initiative allows all 11-14 year olds instate-funded schools in England to participate in an annual design challenge. The process is simple: after registering one or more teams of 4-6 young people, a teacher supports them through the design journey, using a series of free online resources made for the challenge (animations, classplans...). Each team has to come up with a creative response to one of that year's themes, chosen by the V&A to tie in with one of its collections or exhibitions. The aim is to enable young people to develop design skills by addressing specific challenges. After a pre-selection process, a pitching and awards day is organised in London to provide an opportunity for the shortlisted candidates to present their projects in front of the judging panel. Several prizes are awarded, and the winning team can then take part in a customised workshop linked to their idea, led by a designer, in either the V&A itself or their own school. The objective now is to reach more schoolchildren, beyond London and the south of England.

Contact : Chloe Johnson, Head of Grants - cam.johnson@vam.ac.uk

Budget : 114960€

 

About the museum

The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) is the world’s leading museum of art, design and performance. Today, we house 2.3 million objects spanning 5,000 years of human ingenuity. We bring this collection to life through stunning displays in our permanent galleries, ground-breaking exhibitions, world-class research and inclusive learning activities. 

The museum was founded to inspire and educate the designers and makers of the future. Our founding director, Henry Cole, called the museum ‘a schoolroom for everyone’ and this remains an aspiration of the museum to this day. 

We are thrilled and delighted to win Art Explora’s Académie des beaux-arts European Award for V&A Innovate, the V&A Museum's national, digital-first design challenge for young people, inspired by our collection spanning 5000 years and showcasing multiple creative disciplines.  The Award comes at a time when creative education has never been more vital for young people, building life skills in problem solving, collaboration and critical thinking. This award is a wonderful endorsement of and testimony to the tireless work of educators and young people in the challenging context of a global pandemic, in which the role of museums as places of empowerment and inspiration for the next generation of creative thinkers cannot be underestimated. The Award will enable us to continue to expand V&A Innovate and help support young people to look to their futures with optimism and agency through the lens of design. We are extremely grateful to Art Explora for recognising the value of this programme.

Dr Tristram Hunt, Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum


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2021
Royaume-Uni
Icône de Lauréat du prix européen Art Explora Académie des beaux Arts
Monnaie de Paris, Paris (France)

A digital, multi-sensory museum guide kit on the history and art of coin minting, reaching out to engage senior citizens

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A sensory kit to stimulate memory

"The Senses of Memory" provides older people living with Alzheimer's disease and neurodegenerative illnesses with a sensory kit designed to stimulate both their short- and long-term memory.

The isolation of dependent older people, particularly those suffering from neurodegenerative disorders, is a problem that requires urgent attention. More than one million people in France are currently affected and in 20 years' time this figure will be doubled. Research has shown that contact with works of art has a real impact on this population's physical and mental health. The Monnaie de Paris (Paris Mint) has launched several initiatives in this field, and, in 2020, its efforts were acknowledged by the official bestowal of"Tourism and Disability"status. Convinced that money is a powerful vector of individual and collective memory, it has already created specific itineraries inside the museum and now seeks to move beyond its walls to find isolated people with neurodegenerative disorders and offer them a "multi-sensory digital" kit. More specifically, this mobile kit for patients and their carers will consists of objects designed to be handled, felt and listened to, a memory game, digital tablets with pre-installed applications, colouring books and comic strips telling the story of a mint and an artist's studio. The idea is to stimulate the memory and the senses, as well as fine motor skills and reflections, in order to both reinforce(or create) social interactions and recoverself-esteem and dignity. The museum hopes to develop these kits and adapt them to other collectives, particularly hospitalised children, young people on the autism spectrum, classes in School Inclusion Units – and, later on, a broader cross-section of the vulnerable population. An ambitious target has been set: to reach 30,000 people per year (each kit can benefit around 700 people).

Contact : Stéphanie Molinard, Head of Programmes and Cultural Action - stephanie.molinard@monnaiedeparis.fr

Budget : 122 500€

Partnership : Association France Alzheimer/Groupe SOS/The Fondation des Artistes retreat house

About the museum

The Musée de la Monnaie de Paris (Paris Mint) and its adjoining production facility are devoted to the metalworking arts. A unique setting for multi-sensory experiences, the institution highlights the unique craftsmanship involved in minting, by putting the people hard at work in its ateliers at the heart of the museum’s exhibition route. Developed using a universal design approach in order to make it accessible to all, the experience gives visitors the freedom to explore behind the scenes of this temple of craftsmanship and coinage, pulling them into a fantastical world overflowing with expression, mythology and treasures - the fascinating world of coin minting.

Receiving the Art Explora - Académie des beaux-arts European Award is the result of Monnaie de Paris’ continuous efforts to
promote accessibility, particularly to those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and related conditions. This is a great honour
for us as it reinforces our commitment to open up to a broader audience.
With Les sens de la mémoire, the Monnaie de Paris aims to develop a multi-sensory and digital traveling kit that would meet
the needs of the elderly. The project will offer a full range of activities using coins – objects indistinguishably linked to economic exchanges and social interactions - to stimulate memory through cognitive, artistic and sensory mediation.


Marc Schwartz,
Monnaie de Paris’ Chief Executive Officer


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2021
France
Icône de Lauréat du prix européen Art Explora Académie des beaux Arts
Audience Choice Award: Musée du Louvre-Lens, France

Curating, organising and running an event exhibition with a group of young people

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AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD

An exhibition madeby the public for the public

With the exhibition "Intime et Moi", the Louvre-Lens proposed to young people in voluntary community service from the Association L’Envol, young job-seekers and students from the University of Lille and Arras to organise an exhibition and its cultural programming.

The Musée du Louvre-Lens is, in the words of its director, Marie Lavandier, "a museum open to all, innovative and participative. It is important for everybody's needs, desires and dreams to be heard". Accordingly, to mark its tenth birthday, the museum is launching a unique participative exhibition that will be put on between December 2022 and March 2023, spread over some 1,000 sq. m. The exhibition revolves around the subject of intimacy (chosen by the mediation team) and it was dreamed up and conceived by 10 young people on a voluntary community service contract with the Association L’Envol. They are accompanied throughout the project by the team from the Musée du Louvre-Lens, as well as by professionals and artists. Around 20 artworks are lent by the Louvre, the FRAC Grand Large (Dunkerque), the MUDO (Beauvais), the Musée des Beaux-Arts d’Arras and the Musée de la Piscine-Musée d’Art et d’Industrie André Diligent (Roubaix). Apart from conceiving the exhibition and designing its layout, the young curators are also responsible for the composition of the texts for the catalogue and signage. The cultural programming associated with the exhibition is entrusted to other young people from another youth support organisation. "The museum will learn as much from these young people as they will from us", enthused Marie Lavandier. The experiment, which is now underway,has already been fruitful; Julie, forexample, declared: "I liked it because I've learnt other writing styles. I can see that the project is really beginning to take shape. I've seen works of art that I definitely wouldn't have seen otherwise because I lack the means to do so."

Contact : Gautier Verbeke, Head of the Mediation Service - gautier.verbeke@louvrelens.fr

Budget : 151000€

Partnership : Fondation TotalEnergies

About the museum

Inaugurated in December 2012, the Louvre-Lens is based in the former mining basin of Nord-Pas de Calais, now registered as a UNESCO world heritage site. The Galerie du temps forms the heart of the museum, with over 200 masterpieces sourced from the collections of the Louvre and around 18 pieces from the Musée du quai Branly-Jacques Chirac, which combine to offer an exceptional journey through 5000 years of art history. A cultural bastion, the Louvre-Lens museum is actively engaged in its local community, working to combat exclusion and inequality by promoting cultural access, arts education and employment. With 530,000 visitors per year, the Louvre-Lens is France’s second-busiest regional museum (after the Musée des Confluences in Lyon).


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2021
France
Icône de Lauréat du prix européen Art Explora Académie des beaux Arts
Musée d’Ixelles, Brussels (Belgium)

Allowing local residents to exhibit a work of art in their home for a weekend

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The challenge of home delivery

"Museum at Home" involves loaning works in the area of the museum, in neighbourhoods marked by great social diversity.

"As far as I'm concerned, the museum absolutely mustn't be a fortress!", declared Claire Leblanc, director of the Musée d’Ixelles. Accordingly, it took advantage of its closure for refurbishment until 2024 by offering various local residents the chance to receive an artwork into their home for a weekend – on condition that they show it to visitors, friends, relatives and neighbours, as well as curious passersby and museum regulars. The socio-economic characteristics of the museum's local area opened up the possibility of connecting with a population with little contact with cultural institutions. An operation of this kind required a good deal of preparatory work, from informative campaigns to meetings with associations and participation in events. This process was followed by the establishment of partnerships between hosts and mediators, which demanded detailed planning of the reception of the artwork, complete with guarantees for its security. "The important thing is simply to allow people to talk about the work in their own words, with their own story" explained one mediator. The first series was marked by good spirits and proved a resounding success. This initiative, which is already being repeated, will ultimately lead to the creation of a large community of ambassadors that can contribute to reflections about the reopening of the museum.

Contact : Stéphanie Masuy, Head of Services for the Public - stephanie.masuy@ixelles.brussels

Budget : 123 080€

Partnership : Patrimoine à roulettes

About the museum

Founded in 1892, the Musée d’Ixelles is a prominent venue in the Belgian cultural scene. Its permanent collections boast over 12,000 artworks, offering a broad perspective on Belgian art from the 19th century up to the present day, and including a number of ‘happy accidents’ such as works by Miró, Picasso and the full collection of Toulouse-Lautrec’s original poster art. Currently undergoing a massive renovation and expansion project, the Musée d’Ixelles is deploying a transition project of ‘dynamic closure’ both inside and outside its walls, operating under the label ‘Museum in Progress’ until its expected reopening in 2024.

‘Museum at home ‘ is a project that gets people involved and builds new relationships. It’s also a great lesson in humility for the museum staff, as the artwork’s status and appropriation are completely revisited. With the program now in its sixth edition, winning the Art Explora award is a fantastic opportunity to further develop what has been an extraordinary adventure, by bringing it to another local neighbourhood whose residents are notably less familiar with the museum.” 

Claire Leblanc, Curator of the Musée d’Ixelles


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2021
Belgique
Icône de Lauréat du prix européen Art Explora Académie des beaux Arts
MUCEM

A free bus service to improve the museum’s access for people living in remote areas

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MUCEM

"Destination MUCEM" : A free bus service to improve the museum’s access for people living in remote areas.

The project

Destination Mucem is a new mobility project for remote areas: every Sunday, a free bus service is offered to drive people far from the city center to the museum. This service enables new audiences to create a special link with the museum. During the trip, a personalised and fun mediation is offered in order to prepare the visit in a friendly atmosphere. On arrival at the museum, the public is given a free ticket. The bus will serve 4 different routes, and its different stops will be prepared by a large communication campaign with local actors.

MUCEM

The Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations (MUCEM) is conceived as a cultural city in the heart of Marseille (France). It represents the cultural, social, scientific and political proliferation of the Mediterranean world, offers major artistic, historical and thematic exhibitions and numerous events for the widest possible audience.

Contact : Béatrice Goudard - Responsible for events - beatrice.goudard@mucem.org

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2020
France
Icône de Lauréat du prix européen Art Explora Académie des beaux Arts
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza

The museum encourages the 16 to 35 years old to reinterpret the museum’s paintings on social media

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Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza

"#VersionaThyssen" : The museum encourages the 16 to 35 years old to reinterpret the museum’s paintings and post it on social media with the #VersionaThyssen

The project

This project has already experienced 8 editions (the 8th one is ongoing). For each edition, the museum offers young people the opportunity to freely reinterpret one or more artworks from its collections, and to post the result on social media with the hashtag #VersionaThyssen. A jury of professional artists selects the winners. The creations are showcased during evening events at the museum or in digital ceremonies due to the COVID-19 situation. More than 5,000 reinterpretations have already been proposed.

Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza

The Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum houses Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection, property of the Spanish State, in the Villahermosa Palace in Madrid with almost nine hundred artworks from the 13th to the 20th century.

Contact

Pepa Octavio de Toledo - Head of Sponsorship and Patonage - portaviodetoledo@museothyssen.org

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2020
Espagne
Icône de Lauréat du prix européen Art Explora Académie des beaux Arts
The National Gallery, United-Kingdom

Exhibition of a painting in unusual and very unexpected non-museum venues

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The National Gallery

"National Gallery: Jan van Huysum Visits…" : Exhibition of a painting from the National Gallery in unusual and very unexpected non-museum venues across the UK

The project

National Gallery: Jan Van Huysum Visits… is the sequel to the hugely successful 2019 project Artemisia Visits… For Artemisia Visits… Artemisia Gentileschi’s Self Portrait as Saint Catherine of Alexandria (about 1615-17) toured to five unusual and unexpected non-museum venues across the UK – a doctors’ surgery, a girls’ school, a women’s prison and two libraries. An Old Master painting from a national collection had never been displayed in this way before, making this a unique project. In 2021 the National Gallery will tour Jan van Huysum’s Flowers in a Terracotta Vase (1736-7). This dazzling 18th-century painting will ‘pop up’ in six new unusual locations across the UK with the aim of promoting wellbeing and engaging intergenerational communities, including those most affected by Covid-19, such as vulnerable young people and socially isolated adults. The Gallery will work with local cultural and community partners to maximise long-term impact. New developments in our digital offer, responding to the challenges of lockdown, will extend our reach.

National Gallery

The National Gallery is one of the greatest art galleries in the world. Founded by Parliament in 1824, the Gallery houses the nation’s collection of paintings in the Western European tradition from the late 13th to the early 20th century. The collection includes works by Bellini, Cézanne, Degas, Leonardo, Monet, Raphael, Rembrandt, Renoir, Rubens, Titian, Turner, Van Dyck, Van Gogh and Velázquez. The Gallery’s key objectives are to enhance the collection, care for the collection and provide the best possible access to visitors.

Contact

Tracy Jones - Head of Press, PR and Public Affairs - tracy.jones@ng-london.org.uk

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2020
Royaume-Uni
Icône de Lauréat du prix européen Art Explora Académie des beaux Arts
Bibliothèque Humaniste, Sélestat (France)

A hyper virtual reality experience at the heart of the library's special collections

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A VR Odyssey through the library's treasures

"Odyssey" gives the general public, and in particular teenagers, the opportunity to discover the library's treasures and interact with them via an entertaining virtual reality experience.

The Sélestat Humanist Library has joined forces with the Parisian interactive design agency Mosquito to attract younger visitors to its fascinating collections through virtual reality. For the first time, members of the public are able to move around at will in a space with 6DOF (six degrees of freedom), walking, running and interacting with other participants. "A cross between a traditional exhibition, an escape game and a virtual reality videogame", this "Odyssey" offers an alternative vision of the museum's collections, revolving round the legacy of Beatus Rhenanus, a humanist from Sélestat and friend of Erasmus who bequeathed his exceptional library to his home town in 1547 (its 670 books constitute one of the finest collections from the entire Renaissance, inscribed in the "Memory of the World" register of UNESCO). The four players have to look for four books and one object that serve as supports for the five stories that make up the "Odyssey". The new Oculus Quest 2 headsets, fitted with four wide-angle cameras, make it possible to experience new immersive forms of storytelling. According to one early tester, it is "great fun, very interesting –recommended. It's another way to visit the Humanist Library and discover the works there. It's definitely worth repeating".

Contact : Chloé Carré, Deputy Director - chloe.carre@ville-selestat.fr

Budget : 162 000€

Partnership : Mosquito, interactive design workshop

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2021
France
Icône de Lauréat du prix européen Art Explora Académie des beaux Arts
Palais de Tokyo, Paris (France)

A space for innovating learning programmes dedicated to cultural mediation, social inclusion and wellness through art

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An inclusive mediation

"HAMO" − a new venue dedicated to cultural education.

The Palais de Tokyo in Paris, Europe's largest contemporary art centre, is announcing the creation of a huge new space dedicated to promoting "cultural mediation, artistic and cultural education and well-being through art." The new venue, HAMO, "will enable us to welcome every single one of our visitors and start new collaborations as a priority public service", says Tanguy Pelletier, Director of Public Programmes. HAMO, which is scheduled to open in late 2022 - early 2023, thanks to its founding partner Jonathan KS Choi Foundation, will feature modular spaces that can be adapted as needed: a new kind of "exhibition village" that will promote the civic, inclusive and ecological role of the art centre. As part of the programming of this innovative venue, the Palais de Tokyo is inaugurating "Palais Durable", a sponsorship programme in which partner companies of the Cercle Art & Société can make a financial contribution to the programme but can also support a specific audience group, according to their interests, skills and networks.

Contact : Tanguy Pelletier, Director of Audience Development & Learning Programs, Palais de Tokyo / directeur des publics - tanguypelletier@palaisdetokyo.com

Budget : 80 000€

Partnership : Jonathan KS Choi Foundation, Cercle « Art & Société »

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2021
France
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