Created in 2011, Canson® Art School Awards (Prix Canson® Art School until the fourth edition) have become the benchmark prize for art students (art schools and art faculties).
They testify to the desire of the Maison Canson® to support art and creativity, something it has indeed been doing for half a millenium.
Under the direction of a panel of dedicated and renowned professionals, the Canson® Art Schools Awards have been designed as a genuine means of supporting your student life and a a springboard towards your future life as a professional artist.
For their 7th outing, the Canson® Art School Awards are opening their doors to students in all European countries who are enrolled on an artistic programme.
The story of Canson® stretches back over nearly five hundred years because the factory was founded in 1557 in the little hamlet of Vidalon, which is now a part of Annonay in the Ardèche, and developed thanks to the Montgolfier family. The Montgolfiers were great specialists in paper, but also took an interest in scientific studies. In 1782, they constructed the first hot-air balloon with an outer skin made of paper from their mills. In 1798, Alexandrine de Montgolfier was given the paper factory, which had held the Royal Warrant since 1784, by her father as part of her dowry when she married Barthélémy Barou de la Lombardière de Canson.
Throughout the generations, Canson® has succeeded in perpetuating the savoir-faire of its master papermakers whilst continuing to innovate: tracing paper in 1807, Mi Teintes®, the first through-dyed paper, a photographic paper process, patented in 1865 and used by the pioneers of photography, the famous paper pack in 1947, Canson® Infinity, a range dedicated to inkjet printing for the publication of art photography in 2008…
Throughout the centuries, the greatest artists and designers have used Canson® paper: Delacroix, Van Gogh, Degas, Matisse, Picasso, Dali, Warhol, Jean-Michel Alberola, Barthélémy Toguo, Philippe Starck, Yan Pei-Ming… the company succeeded in creating individual links with them and even went as far as designing made-to-measure supports for artists like Ingres and Maillol. It also invested heavily in them by providing support and visibility, whether to great artists designers, architects, fashion designers, authors of graphic novels, photographers or to enthusiastic amateurs, not forgetting children and students.
Canson® still manufactures its papers in France, in Annonay and is the world leader in the fine-art paper market and a major player in conservation products, school and hobby drawing paper, as well as supports for digital and technical printing.