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Newsletter IAA-Europe, October/December 2012, nr. 3
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Conference Art in the Service of Freedom and 9th General Assembly of IAA Europe
October 12 – 13, 2012, Turkish National Committee of IAA Europe (UPSD) in cooperation with Office of IAA Europe and members of EC prepared Conference Art after Crisis and 9th General assembly of IAA Europe in the city of Istanbul.

Turkish National Committee with its team hosted delegates, observers and guests from all around the world - 14 delegates, 15 observers from 15 countries (Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Mexico, Moldova, Norway, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey) and Turkish representatives of official authorities and intellectual spent two days in fruitful discussions on current topics such as art in the service of freedom, status of professional artist and finances in culture.

They also enjoyed a rich cultural programme organized by host NC and its team. Minutes of this event will be available on website of IAA Europe soon.

Working group 'Associated members' was established in Istanbul to make IAA Europe more open for new organizations interested to join us.

Istanbul photo report
Few pictures from Conference Art in the Service of Freedom and 9th General Assembly of IAA Europe. Click here to view them all.

Reminder: Kehl conference - Are Artists Rich?
IGBK is organizing a workshop and a parliamentary evening in the city of Kehl (near Strasbourg), November 21, 2012.

The workshop can be seen as a follow-up of several meetings we organized in recent years on the economic and social conditions of artistic work and artists’ mobility in Europe. The general subject in Kehl will focus on the value and the specific economy of artistic work in Europe and on the question of contemporary and sustainable art and cultural funding: What is the political, social and economic framework of artistic work today? What are modern societies willing and able to invest to guarantee the needed freedom of the arts? How does and should this investment look like nowadays?

Click here for the programme.

How IAA Europe works
Delegates of National Committees of IAA Europe meet annually at General Assemblies which are usually held together with symposium or conferences, in 2010 - Art after Crisis (Slovakia, Bratislava), in 2011 Artists in Transit (Germany, Berlin), 2012 - Art in the Service of Freedom / Professional Artists NOW (Turkey, Istanbul).

Members of Executive Committee of IAA Europe used to meet twice a year, since April 2012 they 'meet' once a month through online meetings – Skype conference which means more effectiveness and save of money and time.

Current activities and aims: Financing culture - international activities from international resources.

IAA is totally dependent of the fees paid by membership countries, therefore we are searching for funding for international cultural organization. Trying to answer basic question What is the value of an artist in Europe? We consider international cultural organizations important and useful for us but only if they are able to survive, therefore we see the issue of their sustainable financing from international resources as a key challenge.

Social and legal status - status of artist
Improvement of social and legal rights of artists should be one of the most important task of IAA Europe, we have some positive examples on this field - from Germany (gain a great amount of money for support of visual artists´ and manage all the process of distribution financial support for single artists), France (The White Book, Manifesto), Austria (offer to cooperate with Slovakia within Central Europe), Sweden (MU agreement) and Slovakia (Council for Arts, the counseling body of the Minister of Culture, preparation of analytical and conceptual report called The strategy of cultural development in Slovakia in 2012 – 2016, Governmental council for non-profit organizations, Governmental Council for Culture, working group Status of Artist.

At last General Assembly in Istanbul working group Status of Artists was founded to deal these issues.

IAA card promotion
IAA card is not only about getting free entrance to the museums and galleries, but a right for professional artist to do their research and practice their profession. There is a brochure (PDF and hard copy) how to produce the card, how to proceed with efforts to improve acceptance of the card by museums and galleries in each country and how to use it, containing also list of institution accepting IAA card all around Europe. Increasing number of IAA card friendly institutions is challenge for us all and there is working group IAA card to deal this issue.

Upcoming IAA World Executive Committee meeting
Next meeting of EC members and the VII Regional Reunion of IAA of Latin America and the Caribbean will be held in Chile, Antofagasta (November 16 – 20, 2012).

These members of EC IAA on behalf of Europe have confirmed their presence at the event: Grete Marstein (Vice-president of IAA – Norway), Anders Lidén (Main coordinator for Europe – Sweden), Anne Pourny (Treasurer of IAA – France), Bedri Baykam (Main coordinator for Arabic region), Pavol Kral (President of IAA Europe – Slovakia), Christos Symeonides (Cyprus).

Info about Conference Art as a Bridge Builder at Vilnius, Lithuania,
8 - 11 Nov, 2012

Pavol Kral, President of IAA Europe participated last week at GA and Conference of European Council of Artists in Lithuania (Press release attached).

Pavol Kral stated that goals of both associations (IAA Europe and ECA) are similar and proposed to delegates of ECA to consider cooperation with IAA Europe, for beginning on two issues:

a) checking the possibility to gain international financial sources for international cultural associations and events (joining our working group - one representative of ECA?)
b) statutes of artists - improvement of social and legal rights of artists; he promised to prepare for ECA proposal with questionnaire to first question: Who is professional artists?

Info about GA of Cultural Action Europe
Alex Meszmer (NC Switzerland) participated at meeting of Cultural Action Europe, he did run as a candidate and since Sunday (November 11) he is a member of the EC of Culture Action Europe. Learn more about this organization and cooperation vision for future in his report:

Culture Action Europe was founded in 1992 to promote arts and culture as a building block of the European project. Today it is the leading advocacy network in the field of culture and associates more than 110 organisations, representing more than 80'000 organisations active in all cultural and artistic domains: from orchestras to writers associations, from research institutions to cultural contact points, from national theatres to international cultural networks, from museums to opera houses, from conservatoires to visual arts.
Culture Action Europe met this year to open several threads of discussion in order to collect evidence for the necessity of culture:

- urban/territorial re-invention through culture 
culture as an act of citizenship and the impact of public policy
well-being versus GDP: How to measure the contribution of culture and creativity to a better life?
'discontinuous jobs' and the need for a new welfare, starting from culture
culture and relations beyond the EU: Towards a Europe of dialogue

To collect evidence and show the necessity of arts and culture - not only in words, but as well in figures, statistics and studies - is a vital necessity for political processes to gain the attention of political players. The intense days in Brussels showed that there is a lot going on and that the cultural field has to unite even more, network and exchange. There is a lot of experience, knowledge and activity within networks and organisations that heeds to be shared and made aware.

Within the next months the EU - budget for 2014-2020 will be discussed and decided on the higher political levels, 'Creative Europe' the cultural program proposed by the EU commission is a part of this program and it is vital for cultural organisations that the proposed program won't be cut or discussed furthermore, but to be passed in the first hearing. There will be material and letters prepared within some days, to be signed and sent to the Heads of States of the EU. Please share the information and send it on.

Culture Action Europe is a highly professional European culture network. For our voice as visual artists is heard, I would ask your national organisations to look at the possibilities of joining the network and us in IAA Europe about thinking to associate. There is a lot, we can learn and we do not have the same professional status - but we do have experience and knowledge and this is a start.

For the visual arts sector has to be seen and heard more.

Fees 2011 and 2012
We are still collecting fees for 2012 and 2011. Please transfer the money to our bank account before the end of the year.
If your national committee cannot pay, please contact the treasurer, Rob den Boer, through email-address