Chanel today launched its Chanel Culture Fund, a global program of unique initiatives and partnerships that will support innovators across the arts in advancing new ideas and greater representation in culture and society.
The Chanel Culture Fund seeks to champion equality of voice and give visibility to global gamechangers at a time when the arts provide a vital source of inspiration and shifting perspectives on the way we view the world.
The Fund will focus on two areas: the Chanel Next Prize to support ten individual creators across the arts, and on a series of international partnerships to catalyze new perspectives with institutions and organizations.
The Chanel Next Prize
As part of the Fund, Chanel is launching the Chanel Next Prize – individual awards of €100,000 to ten artists— in music, dance, performance and the visual arts— who are radically redefining their fields. Open to artists of all ages, genders and nationalities, the award will provide funding for transformational projects as well as access to a mentorship and networking community, curated by Chanel. An international advisory board will nominate and shortlist the inaugural recipients of the awards, further details of which will be announced later this year.
Catalyzing new perspectives in partnership with cultural institutions and organizations
Expanding upon the House’s rich history of cultural patronage, Chanel is also committing to a series of long-term partnerships with leading cultural institutions around the world to create new programs that will support innovation in creative and cultural thinking. Projects are intended to foreground missing narratives, foster collaboration across disciplines, and help propel transformative ideas that benefit culture and society.
The Chanel Culture Fund partnerships include:
The National Portrait Gallery “Reframing Narratives: Women in Portraiture,” (London): The appointment of a team, led by ‘Chanel Curator for the Collection’, Flavia Frigeri, to research and enhance the representation of women in the Collection and on display in the Gallery when it re-opens in 2023, following a major transformation project, the Gallery’s most extensive redevelopment since its opening in 1896.
The Underground Museum (L.A): The Noah Davis Prize, three new fellowships awarded to curators innovating in their field and broadening cultural audiences.
The Centre Pompidou (Paris): A multi-year programming initiative focused on collaborative explorations by designers, artists and scientists to create new ecologies for sustainable cities and communities.
GES-2 (Moscow): A three-year annual mentorship programme and residency for game-changing Russian women artists working at the intersection of theater, music, dance and video, to coincide with the opening in 2021 of the former power station-turned new urban space for contemporary culture in central Moscow, designed by Renzo Piano and RPBW (Renzo Piano Building Workshop)
As part of the global scope of the Fund, Chanel is also establishing new cultural partnerships in Asia, with a particular focus on China.
Building upon the House’s 100-year heritage of arts patronage, and in the spirit of Gabrielle Chanel’s groundbreaking role as a patron and convener of the arts, the Fund reaffirms Chanel’s commitment to the freedom of creation and human potential.
“The Culture Fund represents Chanel’s belief in the central importance of individual creativity in driving innovation,” says Yana Peel, Global Head of Arts & Culture at Chanel. “At a time when we are navigating our way through complex new environments around the world, we know that artists generate transformative ideas that help us envision the way forward. Chanel has always championed the vitality and advancement of the arts, and we now expand that tradition through the Fund with a focus on supporting cultural innovators and pathbreakers who are mapping out what’s next.”