Dedicated to the
creation of plastic
art works on a
water theme, the
Foundation’s aim
is to provide a
platform each year
enabling yet unknown
artists to reveal
their talent.

Through the “Contemporary Talents”
competition, François Schneider wishes
to support these creative artists by
acquiring their works and showcasing
them at the Foundation’s Centre d’Art,
currently under construction and entirely
dedicated to the meeting of art and water.
Situated at the foot of the Vieil Armand
memorial site, in the village of Wattwiller
in Haut-Rhin, the Centre d’Art will have
over 2,000 m² of exhibition space.

Competition rules

This competition is open to candidates of all nationalities, all ages, and in the following six disciplines
of the plastic arts: painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, photography and video. In the installation
and sculpture categories, the artists have the possibility of submitting either existing works or projects.
For the four other disciplines, only existing works may be presented.

Each year, the François Schneider Foundation devotes to the “Contemporary Talents” competition
a maximum budget of €300,000, which is divided into two parts:

€150,000 for the acquisition of seven works The candidates
chosen will be:

  • firstly the prize-winners in the “Contemporary Talents”, one per discipline, therefore a total of six artists who will each receive 20,000 Euros for the acquisition of their work,
  • and secondly a work in one of the 6 disciplines, considered by the International Panel of Judges as the most promising, will be awarded the title “Talent d’Eau” (Water Talent). The artist will receive 30,000 Euros for the acquisition of his or her work.

€150,000 for the realisation of the works presented in project form.

For the artists who submit their work (installation or sculpture) in project form, the candidatures must
include an estimation of the budget required to realise the work (including the cost of transporting
and installing the work). These costs will be covered by the Foundation up to the limit of the total
budget of €150,000.

The “Contemporary Talents” competition will give rise to a collective exhibition at the Centre d’Art, and
a bilingual publication presenting the works of the prize-winners and finalists. Each candidate may only
submit one work or one project.

 

 

Presentation of the theme: water

Water, essential to all life and to the development
of mankind, is a multi-faceted and yet singular
element. It is symbolically one of the natural
elements, with air, fire and earth, which make
up the universe.

It is at heart of mythology and religion.
It is a sign and a symbol, and constantly
changes form. Water is a natural resource,
of course, but for a large part of mankind,
it is the rarest asset.

Objectives of the “Contemporary Talents” competition

Through the “Contemporary Talents”
competition, the Foundation wishes:

  • to encourage artists to appropriate
    this theme which has belonged to the
    history of art since the beginning of time.
  • to bring them, through art work, to reflect,
    observe, analyse and criticise, to divert
    and use water, its properties, its symbols,
    its tools, its challenges,
  • to offer the artists a platform to reach
  • all kinds of audiences.
  • to foster exchanges and networking
    with cultural players.
  • to develop the public’s awareness,
    and in particular to arouse an interest
    in contemporary art in young people,
    and enable them, through the water theme,
    to feel and get a better perception
    of the diversity of views of the world.