Former ADP artists Daniel Fernández Pascual and Alon Schwabe, forming the duo Cooking Sections, have just been nominated for the Turner Prize, one of the most prestigious awards in the world of contemporary art.

The Artists Development Programme (ADP) is a unique talent accelerator that invites young, emerging artists to come to Luxembourg for six weeks to produce an artwork, under the tutelage of an established mentor. Since its creation in 2013, 25 artists or artistic duos from 17 EU Member States and Turkey have participated.

In 2016, the artistic duo Cooking Sections were selected to join the programme, under the mentorship of Darren Almond. They responded to the theme, “The Imprint of Man – Representing the Anthropocene,” which interrogated the relationship between humans and their environment. Their final works were Speculations on Disappearance and To Stop Working For Pay Is To Pay To Stop Working. The former explored the role of banks in mitigating species extinction, while the latter meditated upon the heightened politics of tourism in an age of climate change. At the end of the residency, both works were acquired by the EIB for its art collection.

In their Turner Prize nomination, they were praised for their long-term project, CLIMAVORE, which explores the relationship between food, the environment and geopolitics. Indeed, this was the subject of their recent solo exhibition at the Tate Britain, which interrogated salmon farming.

This nomination marks an important moment for the ADP, highlighting the programme’s longstanding commitment to championing climate-focused artists. Indeed, the ADP was one of the first artists’ residencies to pioneer the Anthropocene as a residency theme.This success story is one of many for the laureates of the Artists Development Programme which will celebrate its 10th anniversary next year.

Photo: Cooking Sections installing their work To Stop Working For Pay Is To Pay To Stop Working at the EIB