The Alain Godon Trophy is no more
- Dated: November 2012
- Media: La Voix du Nord
Le Touquet — The Alain Godon Trophy is no more
T here have only been four Alain Godon Trophy events and the fifth is not going to happen. Alain Godon has just announced that he is stepping down. “A very, very large vessel to steer” he muses. Every July over the last four years Alain Godon has brought together a thousand artists – most of them painters. Each one has brought along one work of art and the jury has selected one of their number to take the trophy. A gift from the gods for the lucky winner; because it offered the opportunity to exhibit in a prestigious gallery in Miami and awarded a prize cheque.
Alain Godon has invested in terms of his time and of his money. “I am handing over”, he continued, “to focus on my career as an artist and a painter. It is with great regret that I have had to make the decision to step down in the full flow of this hugely successful festival.”
If he is handing over, there is no waiting in the wings. The town doesn’t want to take on the festival. “We can’t do Godon without Godon”, explained Daniel Fasquelle. “He is the only one with the know-how, with the contacts, the only one able to bring one thousand artists together. There has been no quarrel. This festival has taken up a lot of his time and his energy. Alain Godon is now stepping back, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t going to stage the occasional event from time to time.”