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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At the crossroads of culture and social engagement, AFIELD is a fellowship programme initiated in 2014 to support artists and cultural producers who instigate social change through long-term initiatives. Each year, AFIELD is awarded to two fellows who can in turn support six mentees with a grant and their advice.

AFIELD has created an international network of people who engage in social and artistic experimentation. They are inspiring dancers, photographers, designers and teachers who share knowledge and trigger projects in the form of cultural houses, schools, research centres, networks and small businesses. They are based in Spain, Turkey, Peru, Jordan, Brazil, South Africa.

A collaboration between Council and Tsadik Foundation, AFIELD bridges the gap between the arts and philanthropy.

Fellows
Lia Rodrigues
(2014 — Rio)

Fellows
Samuel Riera
(2017 — Cuba)

Fellows
Zeyno Pekünlü & Massimiliano Mollona
(2017 — Turkey)

Fellows
Fernando García-Dory
(2016 — Spain)

Fellows
Yassin al-Haj Saleh
(2016 - Istanbul)

Fellows
Zanele Muholi
(2014 — Cape Town)

Fellows
Alejandra Ballon Gutiérrez
(2015 - Lima)

Fellows
Wajha
(2015 - Amman)
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