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.


  • 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.

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