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.


  • IAA Europe is a member of Culture Action Europe

    We are glad to announce that IAA Europe has now become a direct member of Culture Action Europe!

    Culture Action Europe (CAE), based in Brussels, is the largest interdisciplinary forum for the non-governmental cultural sector in Europe. With more than 90 member organisations from both Western and Eastern Europe, CAE represents the interests of artists and cultural workers and acts as a mediator vis-a-vis the European political and administrative bodies.

    On this occasion we would like to highlight CAE’s Reflection Paper “Belonging and Becoming: A cultural response to the White Paper on the Future of Europe and the accompanying reflection papers”, reflecting the voices of over 500 cultural players throughout Europe, in response to the European Commission’s published five scenarios on the future of the European Union.

  • Bedri Baykam at UNESCO's General Conference

    Bedri Baykam, President of IAA International, gave a speech at the 39th UNESCO General Conference in Paris at November 6, 2017:
    IAA is about world wide solidarity amongst artists! “The best way of contributing to peace in this tempestuous era of prejudices (…) and corruption is establishing creative dialogues through art…”!

    Listen to his words at youtube

  • General Assembly 2017 in Dublin

    The annual General Meeting 2017 took place in Dublin from September 14 to 16, 2017, hosted by Visual Artists Ireland (VAI). It was linked with VAI‘s Get Together 2017 – Ireland’s National Day for Visual Artists and the delegates also had the opportunity to visit some art places in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

    Invitation letter and programme

    13th General Assembly_Agenda

    National reports of the National Committees

    Welcome to Dublin!

  • IAA Europe Executive Committee meeting in Berlin

    On June 16, 2017 the Executive Committee of IAA Europe met in Berlin. Points of discussion were IAA Europe’s General Assembly 2017, which will take place in September in Dublin. The director of the host Visual Artists Ireland Noel Kelly was present at the meeting.

    Also planned activities for the year 2018 were addressed: Among other things a remake of the IGBK project Art Swap Europe (2008), a forum for the presentation of and exchange amongst artist-run exhibition initiatives in Europe. The remake will tackle the question what kind of developments such places have experienced within the last ten years.

  • Workshop ‘Social security and artists’ mobility in Europe’

    What are the obstacles faced by mobile artists working in Europe across countries with regard to social security insurance issues? And to what extent did the information systems for freelance artists in Europe improve over the last years?

    These questions have been discussed in November 2016 at the Berliner Haus der Kulturverbände. National Committees of the International Association of Art (IAA) Europe, service points, European networks, social security organisations, the EU Commission, the Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs and further experts were present. A second part of the event focused on the exchange of current questions with regard to social security systems for visual artists on the national level.

    IGBK published a documentation of the workshop. Please find it here: Social Security and Mobility - workshop documentation.pdf.

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