KRO, the Swedish Artists' National Organization and KIF, the Association of Swedish Craftsmen and Industrial Designers, have from Januari 1st 2016 merged into one organisation. The task of the KRO/KIF is to represent Swedish artists in political issues concerning art and artists' financial and social situation. The organizations publish the magazine Konstnären (The Artist).

The KRO/KIF is active both locally and regionally, as well as nationally and internationally. Our natural discussion partners include the Swedish Parliament and Government, authorities, institutions, universities and colleges, local authorities, the business community, and national and international cultural organisations..

The MU agreement – Agreement of Payment of  Artists for Participation and Exhibition

In 2009, the Swedish government adopted a new agreement for remuneration to artists for the display of work. The MU agreement – a ‘participation and exhibition remuneration agreement’ – which covers payment to artists for display of work, as a kind of ‘rent’. This is additional to other kinds of financial compensation for an exhibition, such as transport, installation, publication, etc. The agreement makes it clear that all work the artist undertakes at exhibitions – before, during and after the show – is to be governed by a written contract and remunerated outside the framework of the exhibition fee.

The agreement was signed by the Swedish Arts Council, as the representative of the Swedish state, and the Swedish Artists Association (KRO/KIF), the Association of Swedish Illustrators and the Swedish Photographers Association. It is binding on all public institutions with an exhibiting role, and provides guidance for all professional exhibition organisers in receipt of public funding. 
The agreement was last updated in July 2014. 

Read PDF  Read more about the MU Agreement.

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Central issues:

  • increasing the number of job opportunities in the sector
  • strengthening protection of artists authors rights
  • strengthening the position of artists in society
  • reaching agreements on fees and working conditions
  • increasing artists influence on the art scene

KRO/KIF is a member of:

Bildupphovsrätt i Sverige, the Visual Copyright Society in Sweden, is an economic association. The society fosters the common copyright issues of visual and design artists, illustrators, photographers, designers and other creators of images and design. Bildupphovsrätttdraw up arguments and distribute royalties to those whose works are used.

The International Association of Art (IAA/AIAP), http://www.aiap-iaa.org/front3.htm, is a non-govermental organization in partnership with Unesco. The objectives are to stimulate international coorperation among the artists of all countries. IAA Europe, http://www.iaa-europe.eu, is a network of about 40 national member organisations within Europe, representing professional visual artists.

NNCA - Nordic Network of Crafts Associations 
NNCA is a network collaboration which shall be a meeting place and a continuing dialogue between the Nordic crafts associations. NNCA´s aim is to strengthen the organisations in their work to develop the crafts scene nationally and internationally. 


Useful links

The Swedish Arts Grants Committee 

The Swedish Institute 

Public Art Agency Sweden 

Supermarket - Stockholm Independent Artfair

Museum of Modern Art 



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