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IAA Card

 IAA Card – (International Identity Card for Professional Artists) 

The International Association of Art (IAA) has been affiliated with UNESCO as a non-governmental organisation (NGO) since 1954 and is recognised as the only international professional association in the field of visual arts. Its 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 recognised and accepted by museums and art institutions around the world and is an important tool for artists in their professional artistic research. The IAA card (International Identity Card for Professional Artists) grants its holder free admission or price reductions in many museums, galleries, and cultural institutions worldwide. 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:

  • If you are a member of an organisation associating professional visual artists, you need to prove your membership.
  • If you are not a member of such an organisation, 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 varies in each country. Please contact your National Committee for detailed information.

Form and Layout

The IAA card may be available in both physical and digital forms, depending on each National Committee.

The appearance of the IAA card is uniform across all countries. One side of the card is blue and consistent across all organisations, while the other side features the logo and information of each National Committee.

The President’s office of IAA Europe will provide a graphic template, available upon request for the National Committees, which must be updated according to each National Committee’s own visual identity.

The digital card follows the same visual identity and layout as the paper card and must be presented via an application. A screenshot of the card is not considered valid.


The card is only available to professional artists, and, for example, art students are not eligible to apply for it. To apply for the IAA card, the artist must provide a portrait picture/passport photo and valid proofs of professional artist status as stated before.

The cards are only permitted to mention that AIAP/IAA is a UNESCO official partner, but under no circumstances may the logo be used without explicit authorisation from UNESCO. In specific instances, such as one-day punctual events, authorisation 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 discounted entrance or free entrance. Please note that the list may be subject to change.

An Appeal for Museums and Art Institutions