Introduction

Council is an art organization devoted to fostering better understanding of societal issues. It was founded with the conviction that art produces meaningful social change and that its influence can be extended to other domains.

Council develops a long-term artistic program by partnering with thinkers and makers from different fields of action and expertise. Council commissions artworks, curates exhibitions, designs assemblies, and orchestrates educational programs. Additionally, the fellowship AFIELD recognizes artists and cultural practitioners who develop social initiatives that benefit communities within and beyond the field of arts. Council’s program addresses issues related to health and care, gender equality, ecology, collective practices and social innovation. Through these activities, Council builds trans-local networks of creative and civically minded communities.

Council was founded and registered as a nonprofit organization in France in 2013 by Grégory Castéra and Sandra Terdjman and is composed today of a team of 8. It is financially supported by foundations and cultural institutions. The offices are located in Paris, and activities take place internationally.

Team

GRÉGORY CASTÉRA
Co-Director
gregory [​at​] council.art

SANDRA TERDJMAN
Co-Director
sandra [​at​] council.art

OLIVIA ALVAREZ LIBANO
Project manager, AFIELD
olivia [​at​] council.art

GAËLLE PORTE
Project manager
gaelle [​at​] council.art

ABI TARIQ
Communication manager
abi [​at​] council.art

GIULIA TOGNON
Project manager
giulia [​at​] council.art

AIMAR ARRIOLA
Guest curator, T.A.N.J.
aimar [​at​] council.art

ERIKA BALSOM
Guest curator, On Becoming Earthlings

JULIE HÉNEAULT
Designer

GENERAL INQUIRIES
info [​at​] council.art

BOARD MEMBERS
Haro Cumbusyan
Joana Hadjithomas
Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy
Bruno Latour
Laurent Le Bon
Joseph Lemarchand
Piergiorgio Pepe
Valérie Pihet

AFIELD ADVISORS
Pio Abad
Binna Choi
Dora Garcia
Mouktar Kocache
Ho Tzu Nyen
Walid Raad
Pedro Reyes
Farid Rakun
Chantal Wong
Hank Willis Thomas

FORMER TEAM MEMBERS
Francesca Bertolotti-Bailey
Salome Burstein
Antonin Charret
Cecilia Granara
Abhijan Gupta
Marie-Nour Héchaimé
Kathryn Marshall
Emma McCormick-Goodhart
Sasha Moujaes
Laurens Otto
Yundi Wang

FORMER ADVISORS
Mathieu Baudin
Thomas Boutoux
Donna Haraway
Lia Rodrigues
Rasha Salti

Partners

Council’s projects are often the result of conversations developed with organizations and foundations who become close collaborators, supporting the initiatives over time

Perennial
AKAT Fonds de dotation
TSADIK Foundation

2019-2021
Evens Foundation
KONE Foundation

2020-2021
KKH, The Royal Institute of Arts

2018-2019
Foundation for Arts Initiative

2018-2020
Fondation Daniel et Nina Carasso

2013
Sharjah Art Foundation

Support

Council’s project have been supported by

2020
Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen
Samdani Art Foundation

2019
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
CentroCentro, Madrid
KADIST Iaspis – Konstnärsnämnden
Samdani Art Foundation
Times Museum
Vitamin Creative Space

2018
Frame Contemporary Art Finland
Garage Museum of Contemporary Art
Samdani Art Foundation

2017
Cité Internationale des Arts Centre Georges Pompidou
Contour Biennial
Witte de With

2016
11th Gwangju Biennale
Bergen Assembly
Bergen School of Architecture

2015
CNRS
Fondation de France
Leboncoin
Musée de l'Homme Paris
Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle
Région Ile-de-France
Samdani Art Foundation
Suez Environment
The Nature Addicts Fund
Ville de Paris

2014
Alternative Law Forum
Ashkal Alwan
French Embassy of New York
French Institute of Beirut
Harvard Graduate School of Design
Heinrich Böll Foundation
KADIST
Legal Agenda
MoMA PS1

2013
Al Amal School for the Deaf

Press (PDF)
Writings (PDF)
Talks

Thanks to all the institutions that invited us to present our organisation and projects.

  • 9
    98 Weeks
  • A
    Al Amal School for the Deaf
  • Art in General
  • B
    Bergen Assembly
  • Bergen School of Architecture (BAS)
  • C
    Center for Contemporary Arts, Estonia
  • Centre Georges Pompidou
  • Contour Biennial
  • D
    Dutch Art Institute (DAI)
  • F
    Fiac
  • G
    Garage Museum of Contemporary Art
  • H
    Heinrich Böll Foundation
  • I
    Institut national d'histoire de l'art
  • L
    La Maison rouge
  • Loop Barcelona
  • m
    miart
  • M
    Musée d'art moderne de la Ville de Paris
  • P
    Pantheon-Sorbonne University
  • R
    Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts
  • S
    Samdani Art Foundation
  • Statens Konstråd
  • T
    TBA21: Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary
  • Tensta Konsthall
  • V
    Violette and Co
  • W
    Wiels
  • Witte de With
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