Eliel Jones is a curator, writer and organiser. Jones’ research interests and methodologies stem from intersectional approaches to queer and feminist discourse and are guided by his involvement in direct community action and solidarity, such as through his organising work with Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants. Recent projects include: 'Queer Correspondence', a worldwide mail-art initiative; 'Cellular', Cell Project Space, London; 'do You Host?', Ujazdowski Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw; 'Acts of Translation', Mohammed and Mahera Abu Ghazaleh Foundation, Amman, Jordan; and 'Experiments on Public Space', Dallas Museum of Art, Texas. He has previously held curatorial positions at organisations including Cell Project Space and Chisenhale Gallery (both in London), where he has worked towards realising commissions of new work by emerging artists, including Alex Baczynski-Jenkins, Maeve Brennan, Luke Willis Thompson, Hannah Black, Lydia Ourahmane, Paul Maheke, Krzysztof Bagiński, Carlos Maria Romero (AKA Atabey Mamasita) and Joseph Funnell, amongst others. Jones has written over a hundred pieces of criticism on contemporary art and performance for various international platforms and publications, including Artforum, Frieze, The Guardian, Flash Art, Mousse, X-TRA and MAP, and is a visiting lecturer in Fine Art and Curating courses in the UK.
Together with Grégory Castéra, Eliel collaborates on Council, 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. Council develops a long-term artistic programme by partnering with thinkers and makers from different fields of action and expertise. Council commissions artworks, curates exhibitions, designs assemblies, and orchestrates educational programmes. Council’s programme addresses issues related to health and care, gender equality, ecology, collective practices and social innovation. Through these activities, Council builds trans-local networks of creative and civically minded communities. Council was founded and registered as a nonprofit organisation in France by Grégory Castéra and Sandra Terdjman and is composed today of a team of eight. It is financially supported by foundations and cultural institutions. The offices are located in Paris, and activities take place internationally.