Jacques Bonnaval international prize

Deadline to 28 February 2021

Par Marine Fulchiron Lecointe

Experiment : Le loup, représentation visuelle, politique et incorporée. ©Thibault le Page et Benoît Verjat

The Cité du design - Esadse is launching the second edition of the 2021 ‘Jacques Bonnaval international prize’ for Design Research, funded by the city of Saint-Étienne. 

This award aims to support ayoung designer researcher in the development of a project in Saint-Étienne, at the heart of the Cité du design-Esadse research platform, benefiting from all the resources of the establishment. The purpose of this prize is to support a formal research project and question, disseminate, and communicate on what design research is.
Benoit Verjat was the winner of the 2019 Jacques Bonnaval prize for his project entitled “Le loup, représentation visuelle, politique et incorporée” (“A visual,political, incorporated representation of the wolf”).

The research themes for the 2021 Jacques Bonnaval international prize are:

1. Tactical design, teaching practices and collective participation;
2. Deconstruction of technical objects, biography of systems/objects, smart use of resources in the anthropocene era;
3. Free subject.

The residency

The Jacques Bonnaval international prize includes:
- a 3-month residency at the Cité du design with access to all resources (research platform, material library, Esadse workshops, media library, etc.);
- the possibility of carrying out an experiment (or several) on the Saint-Etienne territory;
- the opportunity of seeing the research work exhibited at the 2023 Saint-Étienne International Design Biennial;
- a scholarship of € 5,000 (for the awardee's fees);
- a € 5,000 grant intended for the prototyping of the project.

At the end of the residency, the laureate undertakes to present his or her production (prototyping, layouts, etc.) and to submit a summary report to Esadse / Cité du design (15 pages max. ) as well as a series of captioned copyright-free images specifying and illustrating the project undertaken within the framework of the Jacques Bonnaval International Prize.


Candidates must complete the online form and download their files in A4 PDF format (max 10 p. 16mo) before 28 February 2021.
The file must include:
- a curriculum vitae or a biography;
- a brief presentation of the candidate's research and productions
- a description of the research project purpose within the Jacques Bonnaval international prize residency.

Access the online form, Jacques Bonnaval International Prize 2021:Online form

The jury

Applications will be classified by a jury made up of researchers from the Cité du design-Esadse and qualified personalities, according to the following criteria:
- relevance of the proposal with regard to the2021 themes;
- originality and singularity of the methodological approach;
- registration of the research project in a practice of contemporary creation.


- February 28, 2021: deadline for submitting applications
- March 2021: selection of the winner by the jury and announcement to the winner
- May 25, 2021: presentation of the Jacques Bonnaval Prize during the 2021 International Design Biennale of Saint-Étienne
- October, November, December 2021: Residency at the Cité du design-Esadse and research development
- January 2022: presentation of research results at the Cité du design-Esadse

Par Marine Fulchiron Lecointe

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