16:00 – 17:30
In unison with the market: who needs associations of artists and why
Creative associations of artists have existed at all times. Connected by a common aesthetic or views on the profession, wanderers united in the XIX century and avant-gardists in the XXth. Today, associations of artists are still common, but there is a need not only for a creative union, but also for a tool to support each other and a professional dialogue with other participants in the art environment: museums, galleries, collectors, the state. Years of pandemics and crises have shown that artists are the most vulnerable participants in the art market, and they especially need to build direct dialogues without intermediaries.
Representatives of various associations specializing in supporting artists talked about their experiences, as well as discussed why and how artists should support each other and participate in the activities of other professional communities. They shared key issues of concern in the art industry, as well as their views on the role of professional communities in solving these problems.