Traditionally, a council is a group of people who gather to take decisions for both themselves and for those they represent. Councils operate across cultures and at many levels of society including families, schools, trade unions, corporations, governments, and religious communities. Our Council assembles people and knowledge from the arts, sciences and civil society in order to foster new understandings of societal issues. It does this in a variety of ways.

Most of our work to date has involved developing long-term ‘inquiries’ that address political, social and environmental issues. Within these inquiries, we curate exhibitions and public programmes, and commission new works and texts by artists, researchers and activists. Alongside these activities, we established a fellowship programme for artists and cultural producers who instigate social change through long-term initiatives.

Founded as a not-for-profit organisation in 2013, Council is based in Paris, but the team and our partners are international. We are currently developing projects in Bangladesh, Belgium, Colombia, Greece, France, Norway, Russia and the United States.

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Art and culture are commonly perceived as engines of social progress, yet artists are too often left out of development politics. There is, on the one side, the art of museums, festivals and biennials, and on the other, philanthropic foundations and NGOs. Located at the crossroads of these two "worlds," this annual fellowship supports outstanding individuals who effect significant social action by means of culture. These individuals consolidate the social tissue of fragilized communities through the transmission and elaboration of knowledge and values. In the long term, their initiatives give visibility to these communities and renew the ways in which they represent themselves. Council seeks to valorize the methodologies developed by such cultural actors, and to inspire philanthropic politics. This grant helps build an international network of people who engage daily in social and artistic experimentation in the long term.

Lia Rodrigues
(2014 — Rio)

Fernando García-Dory
(2016 — )

Yassin al-Haj Saleh
(2016 - Istanbul)

Zanele Muholi
(2014 — Cape Town)

Alejandra Ballon Gutiérrez
(2015 - Lima)

(2015 - Amman)