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IAA Card

 IAA card – (International Identity Card for Professional Artists) 

The International Association of Art (IAA) has been affiliated to UNESCO as a non-governmental organization(NGO)since 1954 and is recognized as the only international professional association in the field of visual arts. The members are national artists’ associations in the fields of painting, sculpture, printmaking and other forms of creative work in the visual arts. 

The IAA card is recognized and accepted by museums and art institutions around the world and is an important tool for the artists in their professional artistic research. The IAA card (International Identity Card for Professional Artists) grants to its holder free admission or price reduction to/in many museums, galleries and cultural institutions around the world. It is seen as a tool for the lifelong education of artists.

Application and validity 

Professional visual artists are eligible to apply for the IAA card. The following conditions should be fulfilled: 

  1. If you are a member of an organization associating professional visual artists you need to prove the membership. 
  2. If you are not a member of an organization associating professional visual artists you need to prove that you have a professional degree in fine arts (unless you are a well-respected person in the visual arts scene).

It is the responsibility of the National Committees to issue the IAA card to artists living in their country. For a list of the European National Committees, please check the following link.  

The validity of the card is different in each country. 

Please contact your National Committee for detailed information. 


The IAA card has an unified design: a front side with regional character, working as national card, and a back in blue color with an uniform design in all countries. 

The office of IAA Europe provides a graphic template, which is available upon request for the National Committees and has to be updated according to regional differences. 


The card is only admitted to professional artists and for example art students aren’t eligible to apply for the card. To apply for the IAA card the artist must provide with a portrait picture / passport photo and a valid proofs of professional artist status as stated before.

The cards are only allowed to mention that AIAP/ IAA is an UNESCO official partner but under no circumstances may the logo be used without explicit authorization from UNESCO. In specific instances such as one-day punctual events, the authorization must be obtained and renewed for each event, adhering to the designated procedure.

List of institutions accepting IAA Card

Below you can find the list of institutions accepting the IAA Card for either a discounted entrance or free entrance. Please note that the list may be subject to change.