• Les Rencontres de la Photographie
• Deadline: November 6th 2023
• Prize: €15,000 + Exhibition + Acquisition
• Theme: Open
• Entry Fee: Free
• REGISTRATION: CLICK TO APPLY
"With support from the Louis Roederer Foundation and Polka, the Rencontres d'Arles is delighted to announce the launch of the 2024 Discovery Award. Since its inception, the mission of the Rencontres d'Arles Discovery Award has been to showcase emerging art and artists.
The Rencontres d'Arles is now accepting applications for the 2024 Discovery Award, as part of the festival's 55th edition.
The award's goal is to promote the work of the selected artists, who will be featured in the Discovery Award exhibition, and to reward the winning projects with a jury award of €15,000 and a public award of €5,000.
Since 2021, the Rencontres d'Arles Discovery Award has partnered with organizations that support emerging artists, including community spaces, independent exhibition sites, artist-run spaces, hybrid exhibition spaces, galleries, institutions, and foundations. These organizations play a crucial role in supporting photography and artists, serving as mediators and discoverers by introducing artists whose work they have identified and followed to the Discovery Award.
These organizations are invited to propose an exhibition project by an artist they support, whose work has recently been discovered or deserves international exposure.
Projects selected for exhibition in the 2024 edition of the Rencontres d'Arles, as part of the Discovery Award exhibition, will receive support from the festival team and an exhibition curator, Audrey Illouz, who has been invited by the Rencontres d'Arles.
During the opening week, a festival-appointed jury will determine the jury award, which includes an acquisition of artworks valued at €15,000, benefiting both the artist and their supporting organization. Festival visitors will determine the public award, which also includes an acquisition of artworks valued at €5,000 for the artist and their supporting organization.
About Audrey Illouz: Born in 1978 in Paris, France. Lives and works in Paris, France. Audrey Illouz's research focuses on photography, particularly as a starting point for process-based approaches. She has conducted research on Vito Acconci in the context of her work on Conceptual Art. Audrey Illouz has experience running the art center Micro Onde and has served as an associate curator at La Comédie de Caen. She also teaches at an art school and has contributed to various magazines. She has curated exhibitions such as "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), and "Silêncio!" (Galeria Vermelho, São Paulo, 2008).
DISCOVERY AWARD RULES AND REGULATIONS
ARTICLE 1 — PURPOSE
The Rencontres d'Arles Discovery Award serves two purposes:
→ Promoting artists' work through exhibitions of projects shortlisted for the Discovery Award.
→ Recognizing the winning artists and organizations: The Jury Award honors the winning artist and supporting organization with the acquisition of selected works valued at €15,000 (including tax). The Public Award honors the winning artist and supporting organization with the acquisition of selected works valued at €5,000 (including tax). The acquired works become part of the Rencontres d'Arles collection.
The Discovery Award is an integral part of the Rencontres d'Arles exhibition program. An exhibition curator collaborates with the Discovery Award, overseeing project development from selection to exhibition design, concept to completion.
Each selected project will have an exhibition space of approximately 10 linear meters (50 m2). The exhibition design for this space will be determined 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 submit a single artist (or a single artists' collective acting as a single artistic entity) in the form of an exhibition proposal.
The application must:
→ Present a photographic exhibition project by an artist whose work has recently been discovered.
→ Be submitted by an organization only (artists may not apply directly).
Eligible organizations include galleries, art centers, community spaces, public institutions, and independent exhibition spaces. The organization's primary function must involve exhibiting artists' work.
→ If selected, the organization and artist agree not to present 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 provided by the festival.
ARTICLE 3 — APPLICATION
THE APPLICATION MUST BE SUBMITTED ONLINE USING THE LINK BELOW BEFORE MIDNIGHT (PARIS TIME), NOVEMBER 6, 2023 → RENCONTRESARLES.TYPEFORM.COM
The application must include:
→ A brief artist biography (maximum 700 keystrokes, including spaces); a single .pdf document containing: a CV detailing the artist's exhibitions and publications; a portfolio of the artist's work.
→ A brief written presentation of the organization (maximum 400 keystrokes, including spaces); the organization's website; and a chronological list of exhibitions hosted by the organization.
→ The title of the exhibition project and a single .pdf document comprising a presentation text for the exhibition project (maximum 1,500 keystrokes, including spaces); images of works to be exhibited, specifying their number, dimensions, medium, and presentation method.
→ An estimated production budget for the exhibition, based on 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:
Producing the works in a ready-to-hang condition.
Roundtrip transportation of the works to Arles or to Paris (in the latter case, the festival can provide transportation to Arles) and insuring the works during transportation.
Supervising the project in coordination with the artist, the Rencontres d'Arles, and the curator.
The organization and/or artist must retrieve the works after the exhibition.
→ The Rencontres d'Arles will:
Provide a production budget of €3,000 for the exhibited project.
Insure the works (for their production value) during their exhibition at the Rencontres d'Arles.
Oversee exhibition design.
Handle the mounting and dismantling of works.
Cover the artist's visit to Arles, including 2 nights' accommodation during the festival's opening week and 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 awarded to one artist's project and the artist's supporting organization, with a value of €15,000 (including tax) in the form of acquiring the artist's works, which will become part of the Rencontres d'Arles collection.
ARTICLE 6 — AMOUNT OF DISCOVERY AWARD PUBLIC
The public award of the Discovery Award is determined by festival visitors' votes. It is awarded to one artist and supporting organization among the exhibited