With support from the Louis Roederer Foundation
THE RENCONTRES D’ARLES IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THE LAUNCH OF THE 2024 DISCOVERY AWARD.
SINCE ITS CREATION, THE MISSION OF THE RENCONTRES D’ARLES DISCOVERY AWARD HAS BEEN TO SHOWCASE EMERGING ART AND ARTISTS.
The Rencontres d'Arles is opening its call for applications for the 2024 Discovery Award, part of the festival's 55th edition.
The award's aim is to promote the work of the selected artists, who will be showcased in the Discovery Award exhibition; and to reward the winning projects with the jury award of €15,000 and public award of €5,000.
Since 2021, the Rencontres d'Arles Discovery Award has integrated organizations that foster emerging artists—community spaces, independent exhibition sites, artist-run spaces, hybrid exhibition spaces, galleries, institutions, foundations—that clear the ground for, identify, and support artists.
These organizations, important actors in supporting photography and artists, thus become mediators and discoverers, introducing to the Discovery Award artists whose work they have identified and followed.
These organizations are invited to propose an exhibition project by an artist they support whose work has recently been discovered or deserves to be seen by an international audience.
Projects selected for exhibition in the 2024 edition of the Rencontres d'Arles, in the Discovery Award exhibition, will be accompanied by the festival team and an exhibition curator invited by the Rencontres d'Arles.
This year, the curator invited by the Discovery Award 2024 is Audrey Illouz.
During opening week, a jury selected by the festival will determine the jury award, which rewards an artist and the artist's supporting organization by an acquisition of artworks in the amount of €15,000; festival visitors will determine the public award, which rewards an artist and the artist's supporting organization by an acquisition of artworks in the amount of €5,000.
ABOUT AUDREY ILLOUZ
Born in 1978 in Paris, France.
Lives and works in Paris, France.
Her research deals with photography, and more specifically with the medium as the starting point of process-based approaches. She also carried out a research on Vito Acconci in the context of her work on Conceptual Art. She ran the art center Micro Onde and was associate curator at La Comédie de Caen. She teaches in art school, and she has been a contributor for many magazines.
She curated the exhibitions Photography to the test of Abstraction (Micro-Onde, Frac Normandie Rouen, CPIF, 2020-2021), Located Images (Micro-Onde, 2019), Apparatus: Aurélie Pétrel, Marina Gadonneix (Comédie de Caen, 2015), The Appearance of Images (Fondation d’entreprise Ricard, 2013), Silêncio ! (Galeria Vermelho, São Paulo, 2008).
THE DISCOVERY AWARD RULES AND REGULATIONS
ARTICLE 1 — PURPOSE
The Rencontres d'Arles Discovery Award has two missions:
→ Promotion of work by artists using images through exhibitions of projects shortlisted for the Discovery Award.
→ Reward of the winning artists & organizations : The Jury Award honors the winning artist and supporting organization through the acquisition of a selection of works in the amount of €15,000 (including tax). The Public Award honors the winning artist and supporting organization through the acquisition of a selection of works in the amount of €5,000 (including tax). The works thus acquired enter the collection of the Rencontres d'Arles.
The Discovery Award is part of the Rencontres d'Arles exhibition program. An exhibition curator is associated with the Discovery Award and will work on the development of the projects, from the selection to exhibition design, from concept to completion.
Each project selected will have an exhibition space of approximately 10 linear meters (50 m2). The exhibition design for this space will be determined after the selection is made, in cooperation with the exhibition curator and the Rencontres d'Arles team.
ARTICLE 2 — TERMS OF PARTICIPATION
Each organization (gallery, art center, community space, independent exhibition site, institution) may present, in the form of an exhibition proposal, a single artist (or a single artists' collective working as a single artistic entity).
The application must:
→ propose a photographic exhibition project by one artist whose work has recently been discovered.
→ be submitted by an organization only (artists may not apply directly).
Organizations that may participate are: galleries, art centers, community spaces, public institutions, and independent exhibition spaces. The organization's primary function must be the exhibition of artists' work.
→ if selected, the organization and artist agree not to show the project, in whole or in part, before its exhibition at the Rencontres d'Arles 2024.
→ if selected, the organization and artist agree to produce the exhibition project for the Rencontres d'Arles, based on the production budget supplied by the festival.
ARTICLE 3 — APPLICATION
The application must be submitted online using the link below before MIDNIGHT (PARIS TIME), november 6, 2023
It must consist of the following:
→ a short biography of the artist (700 keystrokes maximum, including spaces); a single .pdf document comprising: a CV showing the artist's exhibitions and publications; a portfolio of the artist's work
→ a short written presentation of the organization (400 keystrokes maximum, including spaces); the organization's website; and a chronological list of exhibitions presented by the organization
→ title of exhibition project and a single .pdf document comprising: presentation text for the exhibition project (1,500 keystrokes maximum, including spaces); images of works to be exhibited, specifying their number, dimensions, medium, and how they will be presented
→ estimated production budget for the exhibition, based on the template of the application's online model
Texts must be in French or English.
ARTICLE 4 — PRODUCTION AND EXHIBITION TERMS FOR SHORTLISTED PROJECTS
→ The organization is responsible for:
- production of the works in ready-to-hang condition
- roundtrip transportation of the works to Arles or to Paris (in this latter case, the festival can provide of the transportation to Arles) and insurance of works during transportation
- supervision of the project with the artist, in coordination with the Rencontres d'Arles and the curator
The organization and/or artist agree to retrieve the works after the exhibition.
→ The Rencontres d'Arles will be responsible for:
- providing a production budget envelope of €3,000, for the production of the project exhibited
- insuring the works (for their production value) during their exhibition at the Rencontres d'Arles
- exhibition design
- mounting and dismantling of works
- the artist's visit in Arles: 2 nights' accommodation in Arles during opening week of the festival; and the artist's roundtrip travel to Arles
ARTICLE 5 — AMOUNT OF THE DISCOVERY AWARD
The jury award of the Discovery Award is determined during the festival's opening week by a jury of experts invited by the Rencontres d'Arles.
It is bestowed on one artist's project and the artist's supporting organization.
It is in the amount of €15,000 (including tax); in the form of acquisition of the artist's works. The works acquired enter the collection of the Rencontres d'Arles.
ARTICLE 6 — AMOUNT OF DISCOVERY AWARD PUBLIC
The public award of the Discovery Award is determined by festival visitors' vote.
It is bestowed on one artist and supporting organization among the projects exhibited.
It is in the amount of €5,000 (including tax) in the form of acquisition of the artist's works.
Works acquired enter the collection of the Rencontres d'Arles.
ARTICLE 7 — TIMETABLE
→ September 15, 2023: online application opening
→ November 6, 2023, midnight (Paris time): online application deadline
→ January 2024: shortlisted projects announced on the Rencontres d'Arles website
→ January 2024: exhibition planning timetable sent out for shortlisted projects; preparation of communications materials for press conference
→ February 2024: exhibition space selected; communications materials delivered
→ March 2024: Rencontres d'Arles press conference
→ March to May: launch through completion of project production
→ May 2024: works received in Paris or Arles
→ June 2024: exhibition mounted
→ Summer 2024: Discovery Award projects exhibited as part of the 55th edition of the Rencontres d'Arles
2023 LOUIS ROEDERER DISCOVERY AWARD
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