Established in 1956 as a Portuguese foundation for the whole of humanity, the Foundation’s original purpose focused on fostering knowledge and raising the quality of life of persons throughout the fields of the arts, charity, science and education. Bequeathed by the last will and testament of Calouste Sarkis Gulbenkian, the Foundation is of perpetual duration and undertakes its activities structured around its headquarters in Lisbon (Portugal) and its delegations in Paris (France) and London (the United Kingdom).
The Gulbenkian Foundation’s nurtures the universal values inherent to the human condition, in full respect for diversity and difference, in a culture of tolerance as well as preserving the environment and the relationship between man and nature.
It’s direct activities include mobilizing and incentivizing critical reflection in the fields of: arts, science, education, health and human development, global affairs; designing and creating new capacities for dealing with current questions; implementing pilot projects, testing them in association with persons and entities within the framework of replicating them in society; setting up networks and partnerships and reaching out to persons and institutions.
Through the education departments, Museum, Music and Park, the Gulbenkian Foundation designs activities for all, engaging different audiences and focusing in the civic role of cultural institutions.