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visual artists | diverse conditions – Conference on 24 May 2024

On 24 May 2024, IGBK together with the Artists’ Association of Sweden, and in partnership with IAA Europe and On The Move, will host the hybrid project conference visual artists | diverse conditions.

In both Berlin and Stockholm, an interconnected round table will take place. Representatives of national and European artists’ associations, visual artists, experts and cultural politicians will be discussing diversity aspects in the visual arts in Europe. An interested public can join via Zoom.

The project visual artists | diverse conditions focuses on the framework conditions for artistic work in Europe from the perspective of diversity. It consists of a series of IGBK-workshops and -events in 2023 and 2024.

What impact do characteristics such as age, gender, origin/language, and geographical location (or place of residence) have on the work of visual artists in addition to country-specific cultural policy, art policy and socio-political conditions? To what extent is the presence or absence of diversity structures in institutions, for example, noticeable in the work of artists? Are artists’ associations sufficiently diverse with regard to the changing population structure?

The project discusses these questions in the context of three topics, each one considered against the background of diversity aspects:

  • funding and working spaces,
  • social security and pensions and 
  • artists associations and structures.

The aim of the conference in 2024 is to exchange further knowledge and experiences of how to work with aspects of diversity in the context of working conditions for visual artists in Europe. We live in similar contexts within Europe in many ways, but there are also so many differences. We, as artist organizations working daily to strengthen the conditions for professional artists, see how it gets increasingly more important to secure the freedom of expression and the possibility for as many diverse voices as possible to be heard. The concept of diversity is becoming more and more relevant in democratic and pluralistic societies. But the diversity of lifestyles, identities and cultures is not yet reflected in all areas of a society or in its institutional structures.

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View here (link) the participants from the visual artists | diverse conditions working groups, conference, public workshops and panel debates on the conditions of artistic work in Europe from the perspective of diversity in 2023 and 2024.

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