ITALIAN COUNCIL: Promuovere la produzione, la conoscenza e la disseminazione della creazione contemporanea italiana nel campo delle arti visive


It is the main project of the DGAAP to promote the production, knowledge and dissemination of contemporary Italian creation in the field of visual arts.


Italian Council: the third edition has been launched

Rome, March 6th 2018 – The third edition of “Italian Council” has been launched. This is the international call aimed at supporting Italian contemporary visual arts, promoted by the Directorate-General for Contemporary Art and Architecture and Urban Peripheries (DGAAP) of the Ministry of the Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism (MiBAC), chaired by Federica Galloni.
Through the Italian Council, DGAAP launches a call for projects submitted by Italian and/or international public and private non-profit museums, recognised non-profit foundations with the primary objective of promotion and education in the field of contemporary art, university institutions, Italian and/or international non-profit committees and cultural associations.
Cultural proposals must include one or more artworks of an Italian artist, which will remain the property of the Italian State with the aim to increase the collections of state, regional or civic museums. Initiatives that will involve foreign cultural institutions or Italian artists participating in international exhibitions will be favorably welcomed.
The funding for the whole project is about EU 2.000.000. An amount of EU 950.000 will be made available for the proposals submitted to the third call. Each project may count on a maximum contribution of EU 150,000 and no more than 80% of the total project budget.


DGAAP confirms its commitment in promoting Italian contemporary art with many international projects such as the New York Prize, the Shanghai Prize and the Italian Pavilion at the forthcoming Venice Biennale of Architecture.
“Italian Council plays a key role within the context of a major work undertaken by the Directorate-General to enhance contemporary art. The third edition has seen a doubling in the funding, as a clear message of the trust we have in our artists” – Federica Galloni, Director of DGAAP and Commissioner of the Italian Biennale Pavilion, stated – “We want to promote the Italian artistic output at the international level and increase our public collections, working together with the most important museums and institutions in the world”.



In order to apply for the call, participants need to register starting from March 7 at and submit the application no later than 12 noon CET on the 7 May 2018.


For further information, please contact:
Elena Di Giovanni +39 3351279624

Federica Salzano +39 3281239578

Martina Valente +39 3454511011

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