AICA International Commissions

Aims of the Commission

The aim of the Commission, working in concert with the Archives de la critique d’art, is to gather, conserve and make generally available a wide range of material (writing, film, video, audio, etc.) from all over the world, relating to the study and critical assessment of contemporary visual art.

CENSORSHIP


Aims of the commission

The Commission was established to develop a strategic policy on artistic freedom of expression and an appropriate framework of response. It considers and responds to cases of censorship of exhibitions, artworks and critical writing.
The Commission will be proactive as well as reactive on issues related to intellectual freedom.

The International Association of Art Critics (AICA) is a global organization, established in 1948, comprising art critics who are anxious to improve international cooperation in the fields of artistic creativity, mediation and endeavour. AICA firmly believes that freedom of expression is an important principle and as a basic civil right must be defended.

A hallmark of a democracy is its willingness to allow, consider and withstand critical as well as benign points of view. As such it underlines the role and importance of art to engage with social and political issues in a free and open society.

ELECTORAL AND MEMBERSHIP COMMISSION


Aims of the Commission

See article IV of the Regulations, entitled “Electoral and Membership Commission”:

1. The Electoral and Membership Commission is elected by the General Assembly, on the recommendation of the Administrative Council, for a term of one year, renewable. All members of the Administrative Council are eligible to serve on the Electoral and Membership Commission and to propose their own candidature to the Secretary-General, in the first instance.

2. The Commission makes recommendations to the Administrative Council and the General Assembly on all technical or legal matters relating to the adherence of National Sections, of the Open Section and of individual Members.

3. The Commission comprises a minimum of six Members, proposed by the Administrative Council from its own membership, and elected by the General Assembly. It is broadly representative of the different geographical regions determined by the General Assembly. It normally includes at least one native speaker of each of the three official language groups of the Association.

4. The Commission advises the Administrative Council, in writing, on the eligibility of National Sections for membership of the Association.

5. The Statutes of the National Sections and of the Open Section, and any changes to these documents, are subject to approval by the General Assembly, on the recommendation of the Electoral and Membership Commission. From time to time, this Commission will monitor these Statutes and Regulations, to ensure that they are not in conflict with the International Statutes and Regulations, and that core requirements, such as the standard conditions for eligibility for membership have been observed.

6. A member of the Commission reads out the names of all individual candidates for membership of the Association presented by the Presidents of the National Sections and of the Open Section at the General Assembly, for adoption by majority vote. The Assembly’s endorsement may not be withheld, other than for reasons which are legal or procedural.

7. The Commission presents a carefully argued report, in support of any recommendation of its own to turn down an individual candidate’s application for membership of the Association. In instances such as this, the General Assembly may exercise its sovereign right to question, or even overrule, the Commission’s formal recommendation.

8. The Electoral and Membership Commission is responsible for counting and determining the validity of all votes cast at the General Assembly and at meetings of the Administrative Council.

9. The members of the Commission are charged with presenting a written report on their work. This report, and any ballot forms that may have been used, are held available on file for consultation by members of the Electoral and Membership Commission, in the event of any complaint about electoral procedures or demand for a recount of the votes cast.

FINANCIAL OVERSIGHT COMMISSION


Aims of the Commission

See article XIX of the statutes, entitled “Financial Oversight”:

1. The activities of the Association are supervised by the members of the Finance Commission, composed of at least three Members elected by the General Assembly, on the recommendation of the Administrative Council, for a renewable term of three years. All paid up Members are eligible to serve on the Finance Commission and to propose their own candidature to the Secretary-General, in the first instance.

2. The Finance Commission exercises its right of control by examining the accounts and records, including the Accountant’s report and supporting documents, three months before the General Assembly. It reports to the Executive Bureau on a regular basis and to the Administrative Council, which transmits the report to the General Assembly. The Commission is entitled to make proposals it considers to be in the interests of the Association.

FELLOWSHIP COMMISSION


AICA is proud of the global reach of its membership. The AICA Fellowship Fund aims to strengthen the Association’s global span and rejuvenate its membership through a variety of initiatives targeted at stimulating growth in regions that are economically disadvantaged and promoting the active participation of members from those regions in AICA’s affairs.

Currently, the two main schemes it promotes are the Grant-aided Membership Scheme and the AICA Incentive Prize for Young Critics. The first of these aims is to widen the membership base of the Association and the second, to identify and promote young talent.

PUBLICATIONS & LANGUAGE COMMISSION


Aims of the Commission

The aim of this Commission is to advise on proposals for publishing works that might qualify for AICA support. The members of the Commission vouch for the interest and quality of projects. Once projects are approved, its members likewise keep an key on all editorial aspects and questions of distribution, up to the point of completion.

All projects, to be eligible for consideration, need to be supported by a guaranteed contribution from a co-editor of a minimum of 50% of the overall costs. The Commission likewise makes recommendations on all matters relating to the application of the Statutes, with regard to the use of languages for Congresses, publications and any kind of shared documents.

WEBSITE


Aims of the commission

The Web Site Commission is moderating all matters concerning the international web site. The Commission is working on the decisions of the Administrative Council and the General Assembly and collaborates with the staff of the AICA office.