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On the Move (OTM) is a cultural mobility network with more than 30 member organisations in Europe and beyond. OTM's aim ist to encourage and facilitate cross-border mobility and cooperation. The website gathers publications, calls and current discussions on the mobility of artists.
As a member of the European Secretariat of the Cultural NGOs in Germany, the IGBK is active in Culture Action Europe. CAE, based in Brussels, is the largest interdisciplinary forum for the non-governmental cultural sector in Europe. With more than 145 member organisations from both Western and Eastern Europe CAE represents the interests of artists and cultural workers and acts as a mediator vis-a-vis the European political and administrative bodies.
In 2003 the European Secretariat organised the EFAH annual conference in Berlin: ‘Migration and European Cultural Policy’.
The German UNESCO Commission acts as an intermediary for foreign cultural and educational policy. It advises the German Federal Government and other public bodies on UNESCO issues, contributes to the implementation of the UNESCO programme in Germany and is responsible for public awareness activities and for providing information on all of UNESCO’s areas of work.
The IGBK is a member of the German UNESCO Commission.
The German Cultural Council, head organisation of the cultural associations in Germany, acts as a mediator vis-a-vis political and administrative bodies of the German Federal Government, the Länder (states), and the European Union regarding all issues of cultural policy. It aims at being a voice for artists and cultural operators within discussions at all political levels.
The IGBK is a member of the Fine Arts Council of the German Cultural Council and is involved with its commission ‘Europa/Internationales’.
The European Council of Artists (ECA) is an important interdisciplinary umbrella organisation of artists’ associations in 25 European countries, and is based in Copenhagen. The ECA aims to raise the level of awareness for artists’ concerns among political and administrative representatives of the European Union. It intervenes all over Europe wherever artistic expertise is demanded and decisions relevant to the arts are being made.
The ECA also sees itself as a platform for artistic dialogue and exchange in the different disciplines. It organises conferences and expert talks on topics like ‘Artists’ Mobility – Aspiration or Reality?’, ‘Networking in the Enlargement Process’ or ‘Artistic Careers and Higher Art Education in Europe’. In 2006, the ECA, in cooperation with the IGBK, organised the conference 'Rights and Wrongs – The UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions – One Year After' at the Akademie der Künste in Berlin.
At present, the Icelandic artist Kolbrún Halldórsdóttir is president of the organisation.
With more than 90 member organisations the International Association of Art (IAA) is the world’s largest international NGO of visual artists. Its members regularly exchange information on the working conditions of visual artists in different regions of the world and develop substantiated position reports on the basis of this information. The IAA thus performs its most important task: being a competent partner of UNESCO in all aspects related to the status of the visual artist.
The last great meeting, the 18th General Assembly of the IAA, took place in Pilsen/Czech Republic in 2015 and included 25 delegations composed of artists from all over the world.