Founded in Paris in 2013, Council is an art organisation 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.
Their curatorial programme is based on long-term inquiries that assemble people and knowledge from the arts, sciences and civil society, in order to foster better understandings of societal issues. Within these inquiries, they curate exhibitions and public programmes, and commission new work by artists, researchers and activists.
Their fellowship programme, AFIELD, supports artists and cultural producers who instigate sustainable social initiatives worldwide.Through specific granting schemes, AFIELD aims to build an international network of inspiring individuals while promoting their role as engaged citizens.
At the crossroad of art and social engagement, AFIELD is an international network of creative and civically minded communities. Based on a fellowship and a mentorship programme, each year AFIELD supports 6 artists and cultural entrepreneurs who instigate sustainable initiatives that benefit society.
The mentorship programme is conceived as a peer-to-peer learning program during 18 months. Mentees are selected through an open call by previous fellows and advisors who will be guiding them for that period.