The Art Explora – Académie des beaux-arts European Award 2023

The leading European award championing new dialogues between the arts and audiences

Open to all non-profit European cultural organisations, the European Award encourages new forms of audience engagement and participation in arts and culture, supporting innovative projects, across all art forms, that can be shared, replicated and scaled across Europe.

The 2023 winners

Category 1

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Hirundo, Associação para o Pensamento Crítico, Cultura e Desenvolvimento, Portugal

"Open Camp - a new narrative from children in refugee camps" : Empower refugee children with storytelling and animated cinema to document their stories.

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The project


The program Open Camp - A New Narrative from Children in Refugee Camps ("Open Camp - A New Narrative from Children in Refugee Camps") aims to empower children and teenagers living in refugee camps who have little access to education. The program teaches them the art of storytelling and animation, enabling them to develop their artistic talents and tell their own stories.


Organization

Matthieu Joffres


At Hirundo, we create stories that unite cultures. Using an artistic language and with its training programs, Hirundo fosters creativity and critical thinking to transform problems into opportunities for growth and learning.

We believe in a society where stories transcend borders and reveal the faces behind the numbers. We are convinced that informed civic engagement can provide concrete solutions to complex problems. We want to be pragmatic without losing our ability to dream of a multicultural world that is able to accept its diversity.

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Hospital Rooms, United Kingdom

"Digital Art School" : Nurturing culture & creativity in Mental Health Hospitals through accessible programming for patients, carers, and health workers.

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The project


The Digital Art School is one of the few creative organizations to be accessible within psychiatric hospitals in the UK. Since its inception in 2020, the school has reached over 142,000 participants. In partnership with NHS England and Winsor & Newton, Hospital Rooms will be able to provide every psychiatric facility in the country with high-quality art materials and a secure, interactive program and platform designed by and for people with severe mental health conditions.


Organization

Matthieu Joffres


Access to art and creativity in UK psychiatric hospitals is very limited. Yet studies show that art "can help patients preserve some sense of personal dignity and control in what are often difficult circumstances" (The Power of Art, 2000). Patients are keen to take part in artistic activities, one even declaring that he would have given anything to be able to paint.

Hospital Rooms brings high-quality art and artistic activity into these spaces, working with recognized artists to transform the way we view and treat people diagnosed with very serious mental health conditions.

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Sèvres - Manufacture et Musée nationaux, France

"The Manufacture at the hospital": At the heart of care facilities, the Sèvres Manufacture reveals its secrets and secular know-how to patients, carers and visitors.

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The project


"La Manufacture à l'hôpital " aims to bring a high-quality cultural offering to hospital patients: meetings with artisans, mediation in rooms and media libraries, exhibitions in common areas and wards. Innovative mediation (multisensory trunk, art workshops, demonstrations, meetings) is deployed for the benefit of a wide audience.


Organization

Matthieu Joffres


Since 1740, Sèvres - Manufacture et Musées nationaux, has been enriching and revealing a heritage that is unique in the world. The site is designed as a ceramics ecosystem that brings together a factory, two museums, an apprentice school, a gallery and a showroom.

Sèvres celebrates the passion for the material, the respect for the age-old gestures of ceramic technicians and the beauty of works of art that have endured through the ages. The Manufacture enjoys international prestige for the quality of its porcelain and expertise. Under the impetus of guest artists, it is a unique focal point for the creation of shapes and colors. It is a place of excellence, transmission and innovation.

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Théâtre National de Wallonie-Bruxelles, Belgium

"An art centre in care home": Combining art and care to reveal the beauty of a place where you least expect it.

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The project


How do you make art part of everyday life for the residents of a retirement home? This is the vocation behind the creation of an art center in the Sainte Gertrude residence in the heart of Brussels' Marolles district. Artists come to meet the people who live and work there. These encounters give rise to works of art that will form the residence's permanent collection.


Organization

Matthieu Joffres


The artistic and cultural project of the Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles led by Pierre Thys is resolutely forward-looking and profoundly alive. To assert its multidisciplinary identity and foster a shared imagination, it relies both on artists and cultural operators in Brussels, Wallonia and internationally, and on areas of intervention that are further removed from cultural and artistic practices, sources of new relationships with audiences.

The creation of an art center in the Sainte Gertrude residence, led by Mohamed El Khatib, associate artist of the Théâtre National, is part of this desire to reach out to the widest possible range of audiences, creating porosity between the art and care sectors, and breaking down barriers between artistic disciplines. Numerous actions will be put in place to invite the public through the doors of the retirement home.

The 2023 jury

Frédéric Jousset

President and founder ofArt Explora

Laurent Petitgirard

Composer, Permanent Secretary of the Académie des beaux-arts

Muriel Mayette - Holtz

Director of the Nice National Theatre and Academician

Tiffany Fukuma

Managing Director at Trans Europe Halles

Heidi Wiley

Managing Director of the European Theatre Convention

Lluís Bonet

Professor at the University of Barcelona

Edilia Gänz

Director of the FEDORA platform

Angelin Preljocaj

Dancer, choreographer and Academician

Christophe Leribault

Chairman of the Etablissement Public du Musée d'Orsay et du Musée de l'Orangerie and Academician

The 2024 calendar

Applications : May 27 - August 23
Jury meeting: November 2024
Awards ceremony: December 2024

Eligibility requirements

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