The International Association of Art (IAA) Europe is a network of about 40 national member organisations within Europe, representing professional visual artists.

It is one of the five cultural regions (Africa, Arab States, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe) of the International Association of Art (IAA), the largest international non-governmental association of visual artists, with more than 100 member organisations worldwide. The IAA supports international cooperation and artistic exchange, free from any aesthetic, political or other bias and aims to improve the economic and social position of artists on national and international level.


  • Fair Pay for Artists - Event Programme

    Fair Pay for Artists: Exhibition Payment Symposium 2021, co-hosted by the International Artists Association Europe (IAA Europe), the Artists’ Association of Finland and a-n The Artists Information Company.

    Symposium is free to attend but registration is required. You can register for online or in person version until September 5 via this link (hope most of you already used priority booking option announced for IAA Members before summer, if not, please do so now)

    Date and place: Friday 24 September 2021, 10 am – 3.30 pm (UTC+3)

    In person: Central Library Ode: Maijansali, Helsinki, Finland
    Online: Zoom

    Event programme:

    10.00–10.15 Welcoming words: Julie Lomax, CEO, a-n The Artists Information Company

    10.15–10.30 Opening speech: Antti Kurvinen, Minister of Science and Culture, Finland

    10.30–11.15 How will artists get paid in the future? The rising importanceof getting commercial income not only from selling art, but also from presenting art: Teemu Mäki, Chairman, The Artists’ Association of Finland

    11.15–12.00 Kunstenaarshonorarium – the exhibition payment model in the Netherlands: Rune Peitersen, Platform BK

    12.00–13.00 Lunch

    13.00–13.45 Our collaborative working strategies, within the individual institutional, survival model: Jane & Louise Wilson, Newcastle University

    13.45–14.00 Break

    14.00–14.45 Panel discussion: Implementation of the exhibitionpayment model in Finland as a political process.

    Henri Terho, Special Advisor, Arts Promotion Centre Finland
    Sakarias Sokka, Researcher, Cupore - Center for Cultural Policy Research
    Paula Risikko, Chairperson, Education and Culture Committee of the Finnish Parliament
    Moderator Annukka Vähäsöyrinki, Director, The Artists’ Association of Finland

    14.45–15.30 A representative from W.A.G.E

    15.30 Closing words

    The event is hosted by Laura Boxberg, Head of Communications at Frame Contemporary Art Finland

  • Fair Pay for Artists: Exhibition Payment Symposium


    Fair Pay for Artists: Exhibition Payment Symposium will take place on Friday 24 September 2021.

    Co-hosted by the International Artists Association Europe (IAA Europe), the Artists’ Association of Finland and a-n The Artists Information Company,
    the Symposium invites visual art professionals, organisations and decision-makers to discuss exhibition payment models.
    Speakers from the US, UK, Netherlands and Finland will share examples of different exhibition remuneration models, provide concrete tools for advocacy work and offer experience and insight into the visual arts industry as it recovers from the Covid-19 pandemic.
    Full details of the speakers and how to attend the Symposium will be announced in Summer.
  • IAA Talks 2021 - World Art Day

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    IAA Europe still works online only no matter how happy we would be to meet you all in person.
    We would like to invite you for our second online debate - IAA Talks, which is organized on World Art Day - April 15 to celebrate together this special day. Join us virtually and meet your colleagues from visual artists organizations worldwide.
    We have three speakers from various countries again:
    Bedri Baykam (Turkey) - President of IAA I AIAP
    April Britski (Canada) - National Executive Director of CARFAC
    Ruben Steinum (Norway) - President of Association of Norwegian Visual Artists
    We will focus on financial situation of visual artists in Covid year, schemes of help and challenges for cultural and creative sector.
    We will also announce details of 2021 Fair Pay for Artists Symposium and General Assembly of IAA Europe.

    Topic: IAA Talks 2 - World Art Day - Paying artists

    When: Apr 15, 2021 07:00 PM Paris

    Where: Zoom

    Meeting will be recorded and published on Youtube channel for further share with your contacts.

    We are limited to 100 participants, please be so kind to confirm your participation via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to get Zoom link details.

  • IAA Europe and Voices of Culture

    We are pleased to inform you that IAA Europe has been selected as one of 46 participants in the structured dialogue on 'Status & Working Conditions of Artists, Cultural and Creative Professionals'.

    You can find the full list of selected organizations on website:

  • IAA Talks - first edition

    The 2020 Corona pandemic has catapulted the world into an unprecedent crisis, medically, socially and economically. This situation has also considerably weakened the social and economic status of artists and of cultural operators, who work most often as freelancers or form small-sized enterprises and are especially vulnerable to economic instability. But also larger institutions of the cultural sector suffer of restrictions in public life and easily fear a loss of state support, when economic pressure weighs hard in political decision-making.

    It is under this impression that IAA Europe starts with a series of online debates in the fall of 2020 to bring its members and supporters closer together, to discuss what can be the role of artists associations and especially their international reunion in those times. How can we support artists internationally and assemble material for a successful publicity and advocacy work?

    Read more ...  
  • World Art Day - 15 April 2020

    IAA Swedish National Committee Konstnärernas Riksorganisation, Swedish National Commission for UNESCO, Freemuse and the Swedish Arts Council invite you to an online breakfast seminar Wed, 15 April 2020 (09.00 – 10.45 CEST) discussing the current state of artistic freedom globally. The seminar will be livestreamed on YouTube. Register here on eventbrite.

    The encouragement of diverse cultures and tolerance and expressions of these mean encouragement of democratic participation in society for all.

    As the world collectively shifts online in isolation, what does this mean for the state of artistic freedom? In some countries, this means mass surveillance and censorship. In others, this equates to even more losses to the civil society space and cultural sphere. In the only public space that we can access – online and social media platforms – this means further limitations on women and LGBTI persons, specific groups that even under normal circumstances face severe targeting which limits their artistic freedom.

    The state of artistic freedom is in a critical state. On World Art Day, we invite you to join the conversation about the state of art and culture, its challenges and how together we can improve the right to freedom of artistic expression for all. (more...)

  • Effect of Covid-19 on the European CCS and on Creative Europe

    IAA Europe joins in on the plea of Culture Action Europe members:

    The coronavirus has affected all countries in Europe, and it is already evident that the cultural sector is and will be heavily impacted. We stand in solidarity with every person and organisation that are affected by the virus not only in Europe but also elsewhere in the world, and by the measures taken to contain it.

    On behalf of European Cultural Networks, platforms and cultural organisations, Culture Action Europe wrote a joint letter on the 20th of March, 2020 to the Commissioner Gabriel and Members of Directorate General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture (DG EAC). The letter lists proposals regarding the ways to cope with the consequences of COVID-19 on Creative Europe and the European Cultural and Creative Sectors. (more...)

    We warmly encourage our members and all professionals in the cultural sector in Europe to participate in the survey that Culture Action Europe has published together with the European Cultural Foundation. Find the survey here.

    More helpful ressources with regards to Covid-19...

    On the Move compiles country specific and international information, initiatives and links from the cultural sector, especially concerning the issue of mobility (the list is regularly being updated).

    Res Artis has put together a very helpful list of FAQs and offers more external ressources on its website, especially concerning the issue of artists residencies.

  • IAA Europe with a new President

    General Assembly and Conference on the EU Directive on ‘Copyright in the digital Single Market‘ in Bratislava

    On 22 and 23 November 2019, IAA Europe‘s 15th General Assembly took place in Bratislava/Slovakia. As already decided at the General Assembly last year, Werner Schaub handed over the Presidency of the IAA Europe to Andrea Kristek Kozárová, Slovak Union of Visual Artists (SUVA). Thus, the National Committee of Slovakia will also take over IAA Europe’s office from IGBK, the German National Committee. Delegates warmly thanked Werner Schaub for his longstanding work and welcomed Andrea Kristek Kozárová as the new President.

    The day before the assembly, the conference ‘Legal and social statutes of artists in Europe – 30 years after the Velvet Revolution: Focus on the Directive (EU) 2019/790 on Copyright in the digital Single Market‘ was organised by IAA Europe, supported by the Norwegian Collecting Society KOPINOR. National implementations of the Directive were discussed as well as impacts for IAA Europe members from EFAT/EWR countries.

    The General Assembly adopted a resolution on the implementation of the EU Copyright Directive 2019 for an appropriate and proportionate remuneration of visual artists in Europe. Read the full text of the resolution here.

  • IAA Europe Conference and General Assembly in Bratislava – 22 and 23 November 2019

    Legal and social statutes of artists in Europe – 30 years after the Velvet Revolution: Focus on the Directive (EU) 2019/790 on Copyright in the digital Single Market

    On 22 and 23 November 2019 IAA Europe gathers for its 15th General Assembly in Bratislava at Gallery UMELKA, the building where citizens launched the civic movement Public Against Violence in November 1989, part of the so-called Velvet Revolution and helped to restore freedom and democracy in Slovakia.
    The gathering and accompanying conference take place upon invitation of the Slovak Union of Visual Arts (SUVA); the conference will focus on the legal and social statutes of artists in Europe, more specifically on the national implementations of the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market.

    At its conference, IAA Europe will discuss the consequences the EU directive will have for visual artists and artists' associations in Europe, be it in EU member states or EFTA/EEA countries. What can be done to make sure the directive is being implemented in favour of the rights holders/artists, and more specifically of visual artists? The conference is very much about knowledge exchange, which becomes even more necessary after the adoption of the strongly discussed directive and with its national implementations ahead in the next years.

    The conference is open to the public and free to access. Find out more about the conference programme here – programme (pdf).

    Date: 22 November 2019
    Venue: Gallery UMELKA, Slovak Union of Visual Arts, Dostojevskeho rad 2, Bratislava, Slovakia.
    Registration required (email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

    On 23 November 2019, the 15th General Assembly of IAA Europe will take place at Gallery UMELKA in Bratislava.
    The General Assembly is hosted by the Slovak Union of Visual Arts and organised in cooperation with IGBK Germany.

  • Modifications to the CARFAC-RAAV Minimum Recommended Fee Schedule

    CARFACCARFAC will be presenting a revised Fee Schedule for its members to vote on at its Annual General Meeting in September.

    CARFAC has been recommending fees to be paid to artists since its inception in 1968. Payments include royalties for the exhibition and reproduction of an artist’s work, as well as various professional services fees. The CARFAC-RAAV Minimum Recommended Fee Schedule applies to visual and media artists and is widely recognized. The effectiveness and impact of the schedule is regularly evaluated. Over the last three years, CARFAC has been involved in consultation projects with artists and presenting institutions to make changes to the Fee Schedule that will improve labour conditions for artists and other independent cultural workers.
    At the National Gathering in Vancouver on 27 and 28 September 2019, reports from these consultations will be shared before the changes go to a vote at the AGM.

    Learn more about the changes (Fee Schedule Negotiations) and other very interesting discussions that will take place at CARFAC’s National Gathering 2019.

  • Exhibition Remuneration in Europe: Pay the artist now! Campaign

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    IAA Europe launches its campaign on exhibition remuneration in Europe on World Art Day 15 April 2019 to advocate fair exhibition remuneration for all European visual artists!  #paytheartistnow  #exhibitionremuneration

    Unlike other art disciplines, remuneration for artistic work is still not a common practice in the visual arts. In most countries visual artists are not being paid for creating works of art and showing them to the public. Neglecting to pay artists reflects the traditional assumption that visual artists typically get paid by selling their artworks, which has long been obsolete in most art institutions.
    To get paid is the most obvious and common reason for people to work - we usually don’t even question the premise. But the question “Are you the artist?” is often followed up by “but, can you make a living from your art?”. A fair question, because the answer is: probably not.
    Even renowned and successful visual artists showing their work in prominent galleries and museums do not get paid to exhibit their works of art. The system is still based on the faint hope that recognition will be enough to give the artist more market value for selling the artworks in the future. But for many artists that is not going to happen. Still, their works of art are in fact the very reason for most people to visit museums and galleries in the first place. For creating this essential value in our society, that keeps our senses sharpened, and for giving new perspectives to thousands of people every year, the artist should get paid.

    Remunerating visual artists – just as others are being paid for their work in the arts and in all other economic fields – is an investment into the future of societies, into the social and economic development of countries and into region’s cultural institutions. Making art within fair terms will allow artists to show their full potential, which will ultimately benefit all visitors and exhibitors.

    Spread the Position Paper on exhibition remuneration by IAA Europe.
    Translate it into your language and we will be glad to publish it in as many languages as possible.

    Be inspired

    View the 60-page handout on already existing exhibition remuneration models in Europe.
    Read the documentation of the Brussels Symposium “Exhibition Remuneration Right in Europe 2018” as well as presentations of the speakers.

    Join us!

    Support the goal of a better and fair payment to visual artists all throughout Europe for the exhibition of their artworks. Find the short information text on the campaign here.


    Campaign hashtags #paytheartistnow and #exhibitionremuneration
    Campaign logo large and small – use the logo with a reinforcement message: Pay the artist now! #exhibitionremuneration | #paytheartistnow in your email signatures, as your social media profile or on your website…
    Campaign stickers – for facebook and twitter
    • Document Position Paper
    • Document template blank w logos (pdf) – use it for any written communication you want to relate to the campaign: letters, press releases, etc. You might add your details and your logos in the footer to customize it to your association or profile. To receive a word.doc, please contact the IAA Europe office (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

  • Culture Action Europe Members Forum

    On 21 and 22 March 2019, the Culture Action Europe (CAE) Members Forum took place in Brussels. In view of the European elections, the members exchanged views on their regional implementation of the CAE European Election Campaign. The common goal is the best possible positioning of cultural interests in a new EU Parliament from the second half of 2019.

    Likewise, ideas and wishes for the new EU Creative Europe program after 2020 were discussed. Parallel to the negotiations for the new EU Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027, the individual programs of the EU will be reorganized. The issue of mobility of cultural workers received special support here and the call for an appropriate definition and positioning of cultural education in the final drafts of the new Creative Europe program.

    Another role was played by structural issues of Culture Action Europe. Internal networking was discussed in thematic or regional working groups, the so-called "hubs". The CAE Board also presented the current Culture Action Europe Strategy Paper with thematic focus:
    • Reorientation of EU programs relevant to the cultural sector and negotiations on the Multiannual Financial Framework of the EU 2021-2027
    • Working conditions in the cultural sector in Europe, with a particular focus on income conditions and the social protection of artists and the conditions for international mobility of cultural workers in Europe and beyond.
    • Freedom of expression and cultural rights, with the elaboration of the legal framework at national level as well as corresponding regulations at EU level.
    • Artistic and cultural research, in particular the so-called STEAM Practices, which stand for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics, and put the added value of today's artistic practices in research and development forward.

    The first plans for the CAE annual conference Beyond the Obvious were also presented, which will take place from 23 to 26 October 2019 at the German-Swiss border near Konstanz / Kreuzlingen.

  • Documentation of the symposium

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    The documentation of the symposium “Exhibition Remuneration Right in Europe 2018“ that took place in Brussels last November is now available. Please find it here (pdf).

    Also make sure to to gain a deeper insight into national/regional regulations and campaigns for exhibition remuneration and exhibition fees in Europe, in the USA, Canada, and Australia: A broschure with inputs from 15 countries can be downloaded here (pdf).  

    The issue of exhibition remuneration has been an important topic for artists' associations throughout Europe for years. The symposium – organized by the IAA Europe, Internationale Gesellschaft der Bildenden Künste (IGBK), the German collecting society VG Bild-Kunst, and the association European Visual Artists (EVA) on November 22, 2018 in Brussels facilitated an exchange on national and regional remuneration models that have already been successfully put into practice, also guidelines and campaigns were presented. It was an important goal to draw attention to the 'equity gap' that exists in the visual arts.

  • General Assembly 2018 and new Executive Committee

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    IAA Europe's General Assembly 2018 took place on November 23, 2018, in Brussels. The Meeting saw elections of a new IAA Europe President and a new Executive Committee.
    The Executive Committee members for a 3-year term are (as shown on the picture):
    Stelios Panagiotopoulos - Chamber of Fine Arts of Greece (IAA NC Greece)
    Edita Utariene (on the picture: Austėja Mikuckytė-Mateikienė) - Lietuvos Dailininku Sajunga (IAA NC Lithuania)
    Hilde Tørdal - Norske Billedkunstnere NBK (IAA NC Norway)
    Maria Moroz - Związek Polskich Artystów Plastyków ZPAP (IAA NC Poland)
    Andrea Křístek Kozárová, Vice-President - Slovenská výtvarná únia (IAA NC Slovakia)
    Werner Schaub, President - Internationale Gesellschaft der Bildenden Künste IGBK (IAA NC Germany)
    Teemu Mäki - Suomen Taiteilijaseura (IAA NC Finland)
    Anders Werdelin, Treasurer - Billedkunstnernes Forbund BKF (IAA NC Denmark)
    Pontus Raud (not on the picture) - Konstnärernas Riksorganisation KRO (IAA NC Sweden)

    The Meeting was linked with the symposium "Exhibition Remuneration Right in Europe" on November 22, 2018,organized by the IAA Europe, IGBK, the German collecting society VG Bild-Kunst, and the association European Visual Artists (EVA). Please find further information below.

  • Exhibition Remuneration Right in Europe / Symposium

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    The issue of exhibition remuneration has been an important topic for artists' associations and initiatives throughout Europe for years. The symposium "Exhibition Remuneration Right in Europe" took place on November 22, 2018, in Brussels. It presented existing guidelines and campaigns; in addition, an exchange took place on national and regional models that have already been successfully put into practice.
    Important goal of the symposium: to make policy and administration aware of the subject of exhibition remuneration at EU level and to draw attention to the "equity gap" that exists in the visual arts. The programme of the symposium is availble here (pdf).

    Participants received an extensive brochure with inputs from 12 European countries as well as from the USA, Canada and Australia on national/regional regulations and campaigns for exhibition remuneration and exhibition fees. You can download it here (pdf).

    A documentation of the symposium was prepared by IGBK and David Callahan, ready for download from here (pdf).


    The symposium was organized by the IAA Europe, IGBK, the German collecting society VG Bild-Kunst, and the association European Visual Artists (EVA). Sabine Verheyen (MEP), Member of the Committee on Culture and Education of the European Parliament acted as patroness for the event. Further partners were Culture Action Europe and the German Initiative Ausstellungsvergütung.

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