Below, you find links to organisations that have been involved in the project, directly or indirectly.
The core group:
Swedish National Artists’ Organisation (KRO)
Since 1997, KRO and KIF, The Association of Swedish Craftsmen and Industrial Designers, have had a collaboration agreement and both organisations share office and management. The task of KRO and KIF is to represent Swedish artists in political issues concerning art and artists’ financial and social situations. The organisations publish the magazine Konstnären (The Artist).
Scottish Artists Union (SAU)
The Scottish Artists Union was formally constituted in 2001. It lobbies on behalf of visual and applied artists working in Scotland, defending their rights, expanding their benefits and fighting to make their professional practice a means to support a better quality of life.
Federation of Icelandic Artists (BÍL)
BÍL was founded in 1928 in Reykjavík. It is a co-operative federation of fourteen organisations and unions in various fields of arts, where authors and performers can exchange ideas and design and implement cultural policies in accordance with priorities and plans. The main task of the federation is to encourage the authorities to increase their role in the cultural and artistic development.
Association of Icelandic Visual Artists (SÍM)
SÍM was established in 1982 supporting more than 700 employed artists of the Association of Icelandic Visual Artists (FIM), the Icelandic graphics, The Ceramic Society, Sculptors Association playback in Reykjavík (MHR), the Association of Icelandic Contemporary Photography, Art Association and Textile Company. SÍM advocate artists to the public and assists its members in professional issues such as the relationship with copyright, VAT, insurance, transport, customs and legal matters.
Joint Organisation for Associations of Finnish Artists (Forum Artis)
Forum Artis, formed in 1950, is the national co-operation organ for Finnish artists’ associations. Its aims are: to advance the interests of its member societies; to promote the co-operation within the various branches of art; and to foster the social and professional interests of its membership.
Norwegian Association of Visual Artists (NBK)
Norske Billedkunstnere (NBK) is the national organisation for visual artists in Norway. NBKs long-term commitment is to promote and secure the intellectual, social, legislative and economic interest of the professional visual artist. The government and parliament recognizes the organization as a negotiation and consultative body. NBK is composed of 20 sub organisations with approximately 2,700 members.
Lithuanian Artists Association (LDS)
Lietuvos dailininkų sąjunga (LDS) is a creative voluntary artistic organisation uniting professional painters and artists. The association works towards stimulating and promoting the work of unions, protecting their copyright, and preparing and participating in creative efforts such as galleries etc. From 1940-1941 it was known as the Lithuanian Artists’ trade union, from 1989 again the Lithuanian Artists’ Association.
Guests at our second seminar and workshop:
Internationale Gesellschaft der Bildenden Künste (IGBK)
IGBK is a powerful lobby, representing the interests of 14,000 visual artists. It unites Germany’s three most important supra-regional artist associations on the basis of equality: Federal Association of Artists, German Artists’ Association and Federation of Women Artists & Patrons of the Arts. The association was founded in 1957 as the German National Committee of the International Association of Art (IAA).
a-n AIR (Artist Information Company) UK
AIR was established in 2007 as an integral part of a-n’s Artist membership for practising visual and applied artists. Research and development of AIR was enabled by a-n The Artists Information Company, drawing on its role as long-standing artists’ information and support organisation. a-n provides the secretariat and management of AIR. AIR Council are an advisory group who help identify and explore issues that impact on artists’ practice.
Founded in 2001 Visarte is Switzerland’s professional association for visual artists. It comprises of 18 regional groups with a membership of over 3300. It defends artists interests on both political and social levels to ensure favourable conditions for artistic production. Originally formed from GSMBA (Association of Swiss Painters, Sculptors and Architects) founded in 1866.
Slovak Union of Visual Arts (SVU)
Since 1991 Slovenská výtvarná únia (SVU) has replaced the former Union of Visual Artists. It is a voluntary, apolitical, professional and protective civic institution associating artists, theoreticians and workers in the field of visual arts. The union is a legal entity active on the national level. The SVU promotes artistic activity, protects specific interests and secures the international co-operation of its members.
Artists’ Union of Latvia (LMS)
LMS is a professional creative union in the field of visual arts, originating from the Latvian SSR Artist Union 1941.
Council of Creative Unions of Latvia
The CCUL was founded in 1988 at the Plenary Meeting of the Writer’s Union. In 1995 registered as association of 12 professional creative unions – the Artists Union, the Association of Architects, the Designers’ Society, the Writers’ Union, Theatre Union, the Scientists’ Union, the Union of Journalists, the Filmmakers’ Union, the Composers’ Union, the Photo Artists’ Union, the Guild of Dramatists, the Association of Professional Photographers.
The following organisations have shown interest in this project and offered their assistance:
International Association of Art (IAA)
The IAA Europe is a network of about 40 national member organisations within Europe, representing professional visual artists. It is one of five cultural regions of the International Association of Art, the largest international non-governmental association of visual artists with over 100 member organisations. The IAA supports the international co-operation and exchange of artists, free from any aesthetic, political or other bias and aims to improve the economic and social position of artists on national and international level.
European Council of Artists (ECA)
The ECA worked for the interests of the professional artists in Europe – visual artists, writers and performers – and for cooperation between them. The founding of the ECA must be viewed in the light of the profound political, social, economic and technological developments currently taking place in Europe. The ECA was officially established in Denmark, in May 1995. The idea behind the ECA was to work with issues of common interest to professional artists at an interdisciplinary level. The organisation seized to exist in 2017.
Published on earights.org in January 2015.
Updated in July 2018 and in October 2019.