The Italian Council program is promoted by the Directorate-General for Contemporary Art and Architecture and Urban Peripheries (DGAAP), division of the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities.

Applications are now being accepted for the new edition, which is aimed at developing the talents and promotion of Italian artists, curators and critics through financing of projects which involve participation in international exhibitions, events and residences.

Any Italian artist or otherwise who has a project which involves collaboration with an international organisation is encouraged to apply.

This may be an Italian artist looking to exhibit in a gallery in Australia, for example, or an Australian-based publishing project which is dedicated to Italian contemporary art.

For this call, a budget of €1,900,000 has been made available.

Projects submitted will be selected by a jury committee, chaired by Federica Galloni (General Director of the DGAAP), and composed of Bartomeu Marí Ribas (Director of MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima), Marco Scotini (Director of the Visual Arts and Curatorial Studies Department of NABA Academy, Milan), Claudio Varagnoli (Architect and Professor at University of Chieti) and Angela Vettese (Historian, Critic and Professor at IUAV University in Venice).

Between May 2017 and July 2019, Italian Council awarded 56 projects involving more than 60 countries and 100 international Institutions.

One of the projects, Danilo Correale’s Diranno che li ho uccisi io (They will say that I killed them), is a 35-minute video-work promoted by Careof in Milan, and realised in collaboration with the Metropolitan Art Centre (MAC) in Belfast and Columbia University in New York.

The project was dedicated to cinema and its role in defining 20th-century society.

Correale examined unfinished film works which are especially connected with morally and politically delicate issues, and which were made by iconic Italian directors, including Dario Argento.

He linked these unfinished screen plays and staged them inside a modular device that reduces the setting to the minimum, where the episodes are linked and merged, as in a stream of consciousness or as in a dream.

The work was then successfully exhibited at the Magazzino Italian Art in New York, and the MAC in Belfast.

With the new edition, the program has become more accessible, international, inclusive and open to a greater number of initiatives.

It’s a chance to showcase cutting-edge Italian art in Australia.

The application deadline is September 30, 2019, at 12:00 pm.

For more information and to apply visit the Italian Council website.