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Louis Roederer Discovery Award 2020
call for applications
01/09 — 15/12/2019

With support from the Louis Roederer Foundation
and Polka


Since its creation, the Rencontres d’Arles has been a force for the promotion of photography and all its players, from photographers to exhibition curators and publishers.

In that spirit, the festival wishes to open the Louis Roederer Discovery Award up to galleries, often the first to spot tomorrow’s talent.

Now they can propose a show featuring an artist they support and whose work has just been discovered by an international audience or deserves to be.

Ten of the submitted exhibition projects will be shortlisted and mounted at the next edition of the Rencontres d’Arles. Then, during opening week, a jury will bestow the Louis Roederer Discovery Award on the winning artist and his or her gallery in the form of an acquisition to the amount of €15,000. The public will vote for the €5,000 People’s Choice Award.


THE LOUIS ROEDERER DISCOVERY AWARD RULES


ARTICLE 1: PURPOSE

The Rencontres d’Arles Louis Roederer Discovery Award has two goals:

> To promote and disseminate work by young artists using photography with 10 exhibitions organised by 10 shortlisted galleries.

> To reward the winning artist and his or her gallery by acquiring a selection of works for the amount of €15,000, including tax; the People’s Choice Award goes to the winning artist and his or her gallery in the form of acquiring selection of works for the amount of €5,000, including tax.

The 10 shortlisted galleries will have approximately 20 linear metres of exhibition space (around 50 m2). The space will be designed after the selection is made.


ARTICLE 2: TERMS OF PARTICIPATION

Each gallery can present one artist (in the form of an exhibition project), who must:

> Be under 45 and living

> Use photography

> Present new work

> The artist and gallery selected agree not to show the project, in whole or in part, before it is exhibited at the Rencontres d’Arles.


ARTICLE 3: APPLICATIONS

Applications must be filed online here.

They must include the following:

> A biography and a portfolio of the artist (500 keystrokes maximum; pdf).

> A presentation of the gallery (400 keystrokes maximum; pdf).

> A biography of the exhibition curator, if any (500 keystrokes maximum; pdf).

> A text on the exhibition proposed for the 2019 Louis Roederer Discovery Award (1,500 keystrokes maximum; pdf) and visuals of the works exhibited, indicating their number, dimensions, supports and display method (pdf or zipped folder. Recommendation for the photographs: maximum 20 x 30 cm, 72 dpi, jpeg).

> Selection of the artist’s work proposed for acquisition if he or she wins the award (pdf)

The texts must be in French or English, ideally both.


ARTICLE 4: PRODUCTION & EXHIBITION OF THE 10 SHORTLISTED PROJECTS

> The gallery will meet the expenses for:
- Producing the works, ready for shipping if the works are in Paris and hanging, and for picking them up after the exhibition.

> The Rencontres d’Arles will meet the expenses for:
- Shipping from Paris to Arles and from Arles to Paris
- Nail-to-nail insurance (at their production value)
- Construction of the scenography of the exhibition
- Hanging up and taking down the works based on a plan provided by the artist, curator or gallerist
- 2 nights’ accommodation in Arles for the artist and gallerist during opening week, and participation to the artist travel fees.
- The artist and gallerist’s accreditation, entitling them to admission to festival events
- Four passes to all the exhibitions and two copies of the catalogue.


ARTICLE 5: AMOUNT OF THE LOUIS ROEDERER DISCOVERY AWARD

During opening week, a jury bestows the Louis Roederer Discovery Award on an artist and his or her gallery selected from among the 10 projects exhibited. The amount is €15,000 in the form of an acquisition of the artist’s works, which will join the Rencontres d’Arles collection.


ARTICLE 6: AMOUNT OF THE PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD

The People’s Choice Award, which rewards an artist and his or her gallery from among the 10 shortlisted projects exhibited, is handed out during opening week after the public votes. The amount is €5,000 in the form of an acquisition of works by the artist. The artist and gallerist share the €5,000. The works are added to the Rencontres d’Arles collection.

ARTICLE 7: TIMETABLE

> September 1, 2019
Opening of online applications.

> December 15, 2019
Deadline for online applications.

> 24 January, 2020
Announcement of the shortlisted projects on the Rencontres d'Arles website.

> March 2020 Attribution of exhibition space.

> Week of May 18, 2020 Reception of the works in Paris or Arles.

> June 1 — 6, 2020 Mounting of the exhibitions.

> Summer 2020
Exhibition of the 10 Louis Roederer Discovery Award projects at the Rencontres d’Arles.

Contact
LOUIS ROEDERER DISCOVERY AWARD

Caroline Courrioux
prix.decouverte@rencontres-arles.com
+33 (0)4 90 96 76 06