EDP Foundation is a private non-profit institution created by EDP – Energias de Portugal, S.A. in December 2004.
The creation of EDP Foundation consolidated EDP Group’s commitment to promoting citizenship.
Focussing its activities on sustainable development, it defines as overall goals the promotion, development and support of social, cultural, scientific, technological, educational, environmental and legacy-protecting initiatives, with particular emphasis on the energy sector.
Actively supporting Culture is one of the fundamental missions of the EDP Foundation, an entity that owns and manages two iconic museums in the city of Lisbon: the Power Station and MAAT - Museum of Art, Architecture & Technology. We want to help build a country that is better prepared and equipped to meet the challenges of the 21st century, as well as a more creative, cultured and cosmopolitan society. Therefore, we have made cultural excellence and artistic contemporaneity the hallmarks of our institutional identity and statement.
Structured into two major types of intervention – in-house production and patronage - , which complement each other and interact, this activity gives precedence to original projects, the strategic value of partnerships with both national and international institutions, consolidating policies that reveal emerging artists and consolidating historically relevant artists, the qualification of resources, as well as cultural and artistic decentralisation.
From contemporary creation to heritage and historic memory, from the visual to the performing arts, from literature to critical thinking, from the interdisciplinarity of the arts to their relationship with science, technology and the environment, we develop a vast range of in-house production and patronage collaborations. The EDP Foundation is today one of the principal patrons of the arts in Portugal.
The exhibitions we produce and support, the new talents we discover and help launch internationally, the prestigious prizes we award - the EDP Foundation Prémio Novos Artistas (New Artists Award) and the EDP Foundation Grande Prémio Arte (Art Grand Prize) - , the publications we promote and the partnerships we establish, are a valuable legacy. Since 2004, the EDP Foundation has already produced and supported more than 200 exhibitions and almost a hundred projects in the visual arts, dance, music, architecture, artistic education, publishing and documentation.