Doual’art is a Douala-based nonprofit contemporary art centre focused on art and social urban development. Its purpose is to increase the critical sense of urban populations by supporting the contemporary production of art in Cameroon. Inside the walls, Espace Doual’art offers exhibitions, workshops, seminars and a library. Outside the walls, public art commissions, while using a participatory approach to further the development of cultural identity and aesthetic consciousness in the local population, are supported by the guided and commented tours helping to get another idea of the city of Douala in its whole as well as a discussion on the singularity of each location underlined by the speech of the art piece. The centre’s work is motivated by the belief that artistic and cultural practice has the potential to instigate social change and is an effective weapon in the struggle against poverty, freedom of expression and social cohesion.
In 2007, Doual’art launched Salon urbain de Douala (SUD), a triennial festival presenting public art in Douala.