Art in the Service of Freedom and 9th General Assembly
of IAA Europe
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.
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.
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.
group 'Associated members' was established in Istanbul to make
IAA Europe more open for new organizations interested to join
Istanbul photo report
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
IGBK is organizing a workshop and a parliamentary evening in the
city of Kehl (near Strasbourg), November 21, 2012.
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?
for the programme.
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.
activities and aims: Financing culture - international activities
from international resources.
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.
and legal status - status of artist
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.
last General Assembly in Istanbul working group Status of Artists
was founded to deal these issues.
IAA card promotion
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.
IAA World Executive Committee meeting
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).
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?
about GA of Cultural Action Europe
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
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:
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.
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
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.
the visual arts sector has to be seen and heard more.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.