Illustrating the Grand Paris

Illustrating the Grand Paris

Grand Paris Express
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The Grand Paris Express echoes the cultural and patrimonial history of the Grand Paris’s territories. It’s when imagining this heritage that the Société du Grand Paris decided to provide the new metro with an artistic dimension of unprecedented geographic and temporal scale.

An international call for projects is being launched for the creation of perennial frescos on the platforms of the Grand Paris Express train stations: one artist per train station will be entrusted with illustrations representing the served territory and will participate in this way in the development of the Grand Paris’ artistic heritage for decades to come. They will enrich the signage of the train stations, imagined by the designer Ruedi Baur and the train stations’ urban furniture imagined by Patrick Jouin.

30 initial train stations are concerned by this first call for applications, open to professional artists and authors from the fields of comics, illustration, animation and graphic design, between the 30th of April and the 15th of September 2021. The announcement of the laureates as well as the allocation of the train stations is planned for January 2022. In order to enable the laureates to better discover the territory allocated to them and to perfect their project, an on-site five-day residency will be programmed. A second session will take place in 2025 for the train stations that will be inaugurated between 2027 and 2030.

The 32 artists selected on the occasion of this first session will be invited to illustrate the territory served by the train station in a sensitive, metaphorical and even abstract manner, establishing a link between the underground and the urban world.

The commission is based on a total surface of almost 50 sqm per train station, spread out on several formats per train station, for 120 train station platforms of the Grand Paris Express.

An illustration format is visible at the Fabrique du Métro : virtual visit here.

WHO CAN APPLY

The consultation is directed at professional authors and artists from all of the fields of comics, illustration, animation cinema and graphic design.

If the artists wish to apply within a collective of artists, they have to submit a single application folder on the platform. The Société du Grand Paris emphasizes that the grant for a collective of artists will be the same than for artists applying on their own.

PRIZE

32 artists will be selected, each of them will be granted 15000 EUR as a grant.

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