The Italian Council is a project of the Directorate-General for Contemporary Art and Architecture and Urban Peripheries of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism. The aim of the project is to promote the production, awareness and circulation of contemporary Italian creativity in the visual arts. To achieve this the Directorate-General for Contemporary Art and Architecture and Urban Peripheries plans to finance projects proposed by museums, public and private non-profit entities, university institutions, foundations, committees and no profit cultural associations, working to increase Italian public collections.


Proposals must result in the production of one or more artworks by an Italian artist.
Applications may be submitted by: Italian and/or international public and private non-profit museums, recognised no profit foundations with the primary objective of promotion and education in the field of contemporary art, universities, Italian and/or international no profit committees and cultural associations. In all cases, cultural proposals, which may include artist in residence programmes, must produce a new work of art that will remain of property of the Italian State. Artworks must be destined to State or Civic Contemporary Art Museums in accordance with a regulation that constitutes an integral part of the present Brief.

Applicants must present one or more project proposals aligned with the objectives outlined in the present Brief.

Privilege will be afforded to projects that involve:

  • international cultural institutions that, for the exhibition of the artwork, may benefit from a loan of up to 10 years from the date of production of the artwork;
  • the artist in international events and exhibitions related to the newly produced work.

Financing will be provided in three phases and will be awarded on a priority basis in relation to the ranking provided by a Review Committee.

Under the following circumstances any financing and/or sums eventually paid will be revoked and/or recovered:

  • in the event that the works and the cultural project, even for reasons not imputable to the applicant, are not physically completed within the period of 10 (ten) months from the date of communication of the beginning of production, which must take place within 1 (one) month from the date of communication of the winning project;
  • for deformities in the project, unless authorised previously by the Committee.



Those wishing to participate in the project must register online at: Registration is avalaible starting from 15 May 2017.

Following registration applicants may submit a form complete with all documentation requested and the request for financing, signed by the applicant’s legal representative no later than 12 noon on 30 June 2017.

For further information regarding the present announcement, interested applicants may request clarifications by forwarding their questions to the following email address: no later than 12 noon on 15 June 2017.

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