2 million euro for the Italian contemporary arts. Franceschini: important actions to promote creativity and young talents

Aug 26, 2020 312

With a 2 million Euro allocation, the ninth edition of Italian Council, the programme to support, promote, and enhance Italian contemporary arts in the world, spearheaded by the Directorate-General for Contemporary Creativity (DGCC) of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism, is now underway.

Among the new features in this call, greater attention is being given to developing the research and practices of artists, curators, and critics, also through the payment of study grants.

“The contemporary arts, like other sectors in the world of culture, are going through a time of great hardship due to the health emergency. At this particular time, the ninth edition of Italian Council is confirmed to be a project more appropriate than ever for supporting and promoting young talents and contemporary Italian creativity,” said Dario Franceschini, Italian Minister of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism.

“The call’s new edition has come into being based on reflections generated by the current emergency situation, and at the same time by the need to make this precious instrument even more inclusive. ”As always, Italian Council intends to promote and enhance, in Italy and abroad, artists, curators, critics, and young talents, in line with analogous international programmes. The dialogue, one that still remains open, with Forum dell’arte contemporanea italiana and with the entire contemporary art production chain, has been fundamental during these past months, and of use for strengthening the lines of action of the call which, as a whole, aims to more incisively support Italian artistic, critical, and curatorial research,” said the architect Margherita Guccione, Director-General for Contemporary Creativity.

There are three areas of action in which the new call operates, subdivided into eight actions:

- Increasing the collections of Italian public museums, through support for projects involving the production of one or more artworks by a living Italian artist, or the acquisition of an artwork done over the past 50 years in Italian state, regional, provincial, and civic museums. Each project must involve a phase of presenting the work outside of Italy, through exhibitions, presentations, or talks at public or private not for profit institutions active in the contemporary arts.

- The international promotion of Italian artists, curators, and critics, thanks to support, on the one hand, of proposals for projects of monographic exhibitions at international institutions, and, on the other hand, of artists’ participation in international events that may include – as examples only – biennials, triennials, festivals, or prestigious collective exhibitions. The call’s new features include support for critics or curators invited as guest curators of international exhibitions or shows. Lastly, Italian editorial projects may also receive funding to enhance and promote internationally Italian visual culture, arte, and art criticism of the past 50 years.

- The development of talents, with funding for residencies abroad at accredited institutions, aimed at activities to deepen research and artistic, critical, or curatorial practice. Again in connection with this last aspect, the new call also provides the possibility of receiving yearly study grants in support of pure artistic, critical, and curatorial research. Applications may be presented by museums, public and private cultural entities, university institutions, foundations, cultural associations, formally constituted committees and any other subject, provided they are all not for profit. Where expressly established by the call, the application will be presented directly by artists, curators, and critics.

Applications must be received by no later than 4:00 PM (Italian time) on 30 September 2020, at the e-mail address italiancouncil.application@beniculturali.it, following the instructions on the Directorate-General’s website.

To request information and/or clarification, write to italiancouncil@beniculturali.it by no later than 10 September 2020.

For more information: http://www.aap.beniculturali.it/eng/italian-council_9_2020.html


SOURCE: Italian Ministry for Cultural Affairs

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