In the field of visual arts, a number of initiatives for building associations have recently emerged with the aim to improve professional interactions, to advocate for specific interests through the joined efforts of artists and organizations, and to inspire civic activism. These actions were prompted by the events of this past year – a period which elucidated the problems of the sector but also gave rise to new opportunities for action.
We have been observing attempts to unite efforts amongst professional artistic and curatorial circles who are becoming increasingly aware of the need for coordination, collective action, and political involvement, as well as amongst organizations such as private galleries, which have been continuously emphasizing the need for specifically designed tools and mechanisms for developing the art market.
Building associations is an important process in every professional field because it demonstrates not only significance in scale, but also a desire for a healthy competitive environment in which members of the field can establish rules for fair play and transparency without violating any participant’s freedom of action. Furthermore, the goal of these associations is not to solely to give advantages to their organizers, but to have an overall constructive impact on their environment and all its members.
The discussion aims to publicize these processes and thus to encourage efforts in the field of visual arts towards better cooperation and the creation of professional associations. It is part of the Visual Arts Initiative project initiated by representatives of the cultural sector and implemented by the Blue Cube Foundation in partnership with FORMA – Laboratory for Cultural and Social Interactions. The project is supported by the Publics program of the National Culture Fund.