Social Security and Mobility of Visual Artists

On November 4, 2016 the IGBK (International association for visual arts in Germany) and IAA Europe (International Association of Art-Europe) cooperated on an international workshop on social security and artists’ mobility in Europe, that took place in the Haus der Kulturverbände 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. The central questions to be explored in 2016 questions 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? National Committees of the International Association of Art (IAA) Europe, service points*, European networks, social security organisations, the EU Commission, the Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs and further experts took part. Furthermore the focus for the over 60 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.