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.


The Italian Council is back and it’s all new!

The DGAAP is proud to announce an all-new, more international and inclusive edition of the Italian Council. With a total budget of 1.7 million Euro the programme now offers funding for projects to develop talents and for the international promotion of artists, curators and critics as well as projects designed to increase public collections through the production of new works of art, as with past editions.


The Italian Council is an international call promoted by the DGAAP to support Italian contemporary creativity. The latest edition introduces a new focus on the promotion of Italian art outside of Italy in two specific areas:

1) Increasing the public collections of Italian Museums through the acquisition or production of works of art by Italian artists, also as part of exhibitions and residencies.

2) Incentives for the development of talents and the international promotion of Italian artists, curators and critics by funding proposals for: the participation of Italian artists in international events; foreign residencies for artists, curators and critics; the realisation of monographic exhibitions at foreign cultural institutions; editorial projects dedicated to Italian contemporary art.    

The Italian Council project is open to: artists, curators and critics supported by cultural institutions; public and private museums and not for profit entities; university institutions; foundations; formally constituted committees and nonprofit cultural associations. Each submission must involve international partners and/or include a period of promotion outside of Italy. Requested funding may not exceed 80% of the total project cost, up to a maximum established for each typology of project.

“Our mission is to promote Italian contemporary art outside of Italy. The first editions of the Italian Council involved 50 countries and more than 100 institutions from around the world. The revised new edition allows us to offer Italian artists even easier access to an international public. Our objective is to actively encourage the development and recognition of Italian talent around the globe”, the Director General of the DGAAP Federica Galloni declared.



Those wishing to participate in the latest call must register online starting from April 5, 2019 at
Completed submissions, using the forms provided, must be received by 12 noon (CET) on May 27, 2019.

For more information:

Italian Council Secretary

Press Office – Comin & Partners
Elena Di Giovanni 06 90255537

Federica Salzano +39 3281239578

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