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The Art Explora – Académie des beaux-arts European Award

Launched in 2020, the award is open to all public and private European museums and art centres. Its goal is to encourage initiatives that are designed to reach new audiences.

This year, three €50,000 prizes and one €10,000 audience choice prize will be awarded to boost projects designed to reach wider audiences: digital innovations, off-site activities, inclusion of people with disabilities, new mediation methods, cultural awareness for young people, etc.

Shortlist

Category 1: Institutions with less than 100,000 visitors per year

Ixelles Museum, Belgium

"Museum at home"

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Host a work of art at home for a weekend

Collection Lambert, France

"Legato, listening to art"

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Creating links with long-distance audiences through new podcasts broadcast via listening devices in the exhibition halls.

Fundación NMAC, Spain

"Santa María, la niña y la pinta"

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A communal space designed by the artist Gabriel Chaile to invite different audiences to participate in an artistic project about making bread.

Bibliothèque Humaniste, France

"Odyssey II"

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

Copenhagen Contemporary, Denmark

"Yet, it moves!'"

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Art and science meet in a project about "Movement" creating new forms of mediation with the public through art installations in the city of Copenhagen.

Musée d'Art Contemporain de Lyon, France

"Behind the scenes of creation to awaken vocations"

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Audio and video content to discover what goes on "behind the scenes" and the different jobs of the museum.

Category 2: Institutions receiving between 100,000 and 500,000 visitors per year

Fondazione MAXXI, Italy

"MIXT Project"

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Discover the architecture of the museum thanks to mediation tools created with deaf, visually-impaired and blind people.

Monnaie de Paris, France

"The senses of memory"

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A multi-sensory and digital travelling kit about money reaching out older people needing care.

Van Abbemuseum, Netherlands

"Delinking and relinking"

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A multi-sensory collection display, which you can see,  touch, hear and smell.

Fundación CV-MARQ Museo Arqueológico de Alicante, Spain

Return with a new story

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Promoting accessibility to the Museum collection and the history of the province of Alicante  to men and women in prison.

The Photographers' Gallery, UK

"Soho Photography Quarter"

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A vibrant, new, open-air exhibition space offering a programme of exceptional contemporary photography, for free, for everyone.

Cité internationale de la bande dessinée et de l'image, France

"Social integration via comics"

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Promoting the reintegration of young people under Judicial Protection through a cultural and artistic initiation around the 9th art.


Category 3: Institutions with more than 500,000 visitors per year

Victoria & Albert Museum, UK

"V&A Innovate"

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A national challenge inviting students to design a solution to a modern-day issue based on themes inspired by the Museum's collections.

Animation directed by Studio Desk

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Spain

SAVIA

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Appropriating the museum through playful-artistic experiences based in free-play pedagogy intended for early childhood and their carers.

Louvre Lens, France

"The participative exhibition"

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An exhibition written, organized and realized with a group of young adults suffering from professional and social exclusion.

Southbank Centre, UK

"(B)old Project"

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A suite of free creative participation projects with the aim of addressing social isolation and loneliness issues experienced by people living with dementia and their carers.

Museo Picasso Málaga, Spain

"From here and there"

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Making the voice of the immigrant population in Malaga heard by exhibiting their works of art around the city.

Palais de Tokyo, France

"HAMO : art in the service of care"

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

Jury

Diane Drubay

Founder of We Are Museums

Tatyana Franck

Director, Elysée Museum, Member of the board PLATEFORME 10

Adrien Goetz

Doctor in Art History and Academician

Fabrice Hyber

Artist and Academician

Frédéric Jousset

President of Art Explora

Catherine Meurisse

Comic book author and Academician

Laurent Petitgirard

Permanent Secretary of the Académie des beaux-arts

Anna Somers Cocks

Journalist, founder of The Art Newspaper

Marie-Cécile Zinsou

President of the Foundation Zinsou

Diane Drubay

Fondatrice de We Are Museums

Musée d'Ixelles, Belgique

"Musée comme chez soi"

Fondazione MAXXI, Italie

"MIXT Project"

Calendar

Applications : from May 17th to October 1st 2021
Jury meeting : November 2021
Award Ceremony: December 2021

The Art Explora – Académie des beaux-arts European Award

Created in order to support the museums’ initiatives working toward a better accessibility for all audiences, the European Award works also as a tool to share new ideas and good practices.
That is why, Art Explora publishes a book focusing on the 2020 projects in order to highlight the 3 winners but also all the pre-selected projects that came into the jury’s hands.
Throwback to the 2020 edition