Visual Artists | Diverse Conditions Hybrid Conference 2024 (Berlin, Stockholm, Online)

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On 24 May 2024, IGBK (Internationale Gesellschaft der Bildenden Künste) together with the Artists’ Association of Sweden, and in partnership with IAA Europe and On the Move, will host the hybrid project conference visual artists | diverse conditions.

An interconnected round table will take place in both Berlin and Stockholm, where roughly 30 representatives of national and European artists’ associations, visual artists, experts and cultural politicians will be discussing diversity aspects in the visual arts in Europe. The wider public can join via Zoom.

The project visual artists | diverse conditions focuses on the framework conditions for artistic work in Europe from the perspective of diversity. Previously, IGBK organised working groups, a public panel discussion, and digital workshops on the topic with experts from the arts and sciences. In the workshops, the focus was on practical examples from Finland, Spain, Austria, Great Britain and Sweden.

The aim of the conference in 2024 is to exchange further knowledge and experiences of how to work with aspects of diversity in the context of working conditions for visual artists in Europe. People live in similar contexts within Europe in many ways, but there are also so many differences. The concept of diversity is becoming more and more relevant in democratic and pluralistic societies. but the diversity of lifestyles, identities and cultures is not yet reflected in all areas of a society or in its institutional structures. As artist organisations working daily to strengthen the conditions for professional artists, how can we secure the freedom of expression and the possibility for as many diverse voices as possible to be heard?

Sara Edström (Swedish Artists’ Association) and Yohann Floch (Director of Operations/ On the Move) are moderators of the event and the artist Pham, Minh Duc will be giving an artistic performance in the afternoon.