On November 4, 2016 the IAA Europe and IGBK (NC Germany) cooperated on an European workshop on social security and artists' mobility in Europe, that took place in Berlin. The event followed up on a workshop that was initially organised by the IGBK in 2010 in cooperation with the representation of the European Commission in Germany.

Central questions to be explored in 2016 were:

  • What are the obstacles faced by artists working internationally within Europe today with regard to social security insurance issues?
  • To what extent have the information systems for freelance artists in Europe improved over the last years?

Furthermore the focus for the participants from 21 European countries was put on the exchange of current questions with regards to social security systems for visual artists on the national level.

National Committees of the IAA Europe, service points, European networks, social security organisations, the EU Commission, the Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs in Germany and further experts took part.

Results and documentation

  • An extensive documentation of the Workshop can be downloaded here.
  • Speakers' presentations (by Eudes Ajot/La Maison des Artistes, Carroll Haak, Reinier Klock/DutchCulture, Daniela Koweindl/IG Bildende Kunst, Marie Le Sourd/On The Move, Carla Osman/Directorate-General Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion of the European Commission, Mats Söderlund/KRO Sweden, Gerhard Suhrenbrock/The Artists‘ Social Security Fund, Jens Van Lathem/Kunstenloket) are documented at IGBK’s webpage here.
  • The IAA Europe member organization »a-n The Artist Information Company« (United Kingdom) published an article on their website shortly after the workshop.