Doual'art is a non-profit organisation founded in 1991 in Douala, Cameroon. It sees itself as an experimental laboratory for new urban practices of African cities. It addresses freedom of expression and social cohesion through cultural and artistic productions. doual'art introduces a participatory approach in cultural practice, discussing and negotiating with local communities, NGOs and authorities their needs and aspirations and involving artists as facilitators of the development processes.
In 1991, doual'art started an outdoor programme with public art, urban interventions and social engineering projects implemented in several neighbourhoods of the city Douala. "espace doual'art" - the exhibition space of doual'art - was created in 1995. It hosts exhibitions, performing art events, conferences, seminars and a residency programme.
For 16 years doual'art has been developing its own methodology and approach of intervening on Douala, by combining competencies in contemporary art with social/economic development. The two elements of artistic quality and social impact have always been considered by doual'art as central and essential to their work: art projects have been chosen for their artistic quality and the location, function, priority and theme have always been discussed with communities involved and selected to have a social impact.
Bridging Douala is a three year programme aimed at putting contemporary creation in the heart of a new urban audience; create a culture of exchanges and openness to the world and encouraging inhabitants of Douala to respect collective space.
The main target groups are artists, architects and designers, but also the inhabitants of Douala, with special focus on youth and local authorities.
During the 3 year period, Doual'art will implement variuos activities.