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 DGCC to promote the production, knowledge and diffusion of contemporary Italian creation in the field of visual arts.


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The DGCC is launching the tenth edition of the Italian Council call with a budget of 2,500,000 euros. Projects can be financed that include international commissions and acquisitions of works of art, the international promotion of Italian artists, curators and critics and the development of Italian talents.



The Italian Council is an international project promoted by the DGCC to support contemporary Italian creativity. It is yet another sign of the commitment to promoting Italian art abroad.

The Italian Council programme operates in three areas of intervention:


Proposals may focus on:

  • The production – including residencies and/or exhibitions – of one or more artworks by a living Italian artist and related activities of promotion and valorisation;
  • The acquisition, promotion and valorisation of the work of a living or deceased Italian artist, active during the past 50 (fifty) years.

The purpose of the project is to create international network to promote and support the work of Italian artists from all generations, with a particular focus on emerging and mid-career artists. In addition, through acquisitions, the project also works to increase public collections of Italian contemporary art, including works produced over the course of the past fifty years.
The artworks produced or acquired will be used to increase the collections of state, regional, provincial and civic museums across Italy.
Each project must necessarily include a phase of presentation outside of Italy. This activity can take the form of exhibitions, presentations or talks presented in a public or private not for profit institution active in the field of the contemporary arts.

Deadline: 31 August 2021


Proposals may focus on:

  • Monographic exhibitions presented at international institutions.
    The aim is to present living Italian artists to an international public. With this purpose in mind, the Italian Council supports projects for exhibitions at prestigious and accredited international institutions operating in the field of the contemporary arts, together with the possibility to involve Italian critics and curators.
  • Participation in international events.
    Supporting for Italy’s participation in international events organised periodically around the globe (for example: biennales, triennials, festivals, etc.), and offer new occasions for international visibility, the Italian Council can finance the participation of an Italian artist. Projects may also involve the artist’s participation in collateral opportunities that are part of the official programmes of these events.
  • Supporting for international institutions that invites Italian curator as guest curator for international exhibitions or events.
  • International editorial projects.
    With its funding for editorial projects, the Italian Council ensures the international valorisation and promotion of Italian art from the past 50 years. Editorial projects represent an occasion to present the artists, protagonists and particular vicissitudes and problems faced by contemporary Italian art to the world. At the same time, they are also an opportunity to support the development of Italian talents in the arts, criticism and curation. For this reason, projects must guarantee the promotion and adequate editorial diffusion of publications (international publishers, presence in specialised bookstores, book launches).
  • Supporting promotion and valorisation events linked to the acquisition of one or more works by an Italian artist by a foreign museum. The funding supports projects of collateral activities relating to the purchase – recent or in progress – by a museum or by a collection open to the public of one or more works of an Italian artist whose artistic production is significant for the history of contemporary art. The aim of this action is of Italian art by international collections.


Deadline: 23 July 2021


  • Grants in support of residencies abroad
    To promote the development of talents, the Italian Council supports study residencies at specialised and accredited institutions. Projects in this area must not include the production of new artworks, but instead focus on activities of research and artistic, critical or curatorial research. In addition to supporting the development of professional skills, the period of research abroad will also represent an occasion for artists, curators and critics to cultivate international contacts and relations.

  • Grants in support of research by artists, curators, and critics
    The grant support research projects of an artist, curator, and/or critic that aim at the formative and conceptual development and at the evolution of their own artistic, critical, and curatorial practice. The projects shall mandatorily include at least one moment of restitution of the research both at a foreign institution and at an Italian institution.

Deadline: 21 June 2021

For all information, regarding procedures, details, requisites and documents required to participate in the Italian Council project interested parties can download the call.




Applications for the Italian Council project will be accepted from:

  • artists, curators and critics exclusively for grants.

  • museums, public and private organizations; not for profit university institutions, foundations, cultural associations and formally constituted committees. Funding may not exceed 80% of the total project cost, up to a maximum value that varies based on the type of project presented.


  • From 20 May 2021 to 21June 2021, at 4 p.m. (CET) - for Area 3 - Talent Development
  • From 22 June 2021 to 23 July 2021, at 4 p.m. (CET) - for Area 2 - International promotion of artists, curators and critics
  • From 24 July 2021 to 31 August 2021, at 4 p.m. (CET) - for Area 1 - International commissioning and acquisition of artworks

For information and/or clarification (by the dates indicated in the call)

Italian Council Secretary

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