The Swedish Artists’ Association represents more than 3,400 professional visual artists, craftspeople and designers in Sweden. The task of the Swedish Artists' Association is to represent Swedish visual artists in political issues concerning art and artists' financial and social situation. The Swedish Artists' Association is active both locally and regionally, as well as nationally and internationally. We are engaged in negotiations and/or collaborations with institutions such as the Swedish Parliament and Government, authorities, institutions, universities and colleges, local authorities, the business community, and national and international cultural organisations. The organization publishes the magazine KONSTNÄREN.
In addition to gaining access to a number of membership benefits — read below — you become part of the artists' professional organization and get a platform for your artistic work. You can also get involved in our local associations. As a member of The Swedish Artists' Association, you contribute to ameliorating the conditions of art practice and artists. With an organized profession, we can advance our positions and strengthen the social and economic conditions of all artists working in Sweden.
Swedish as well as foreign citizens who work in Sweden in a professional capacity as artists (visual artist, craftsman, designer or part of an equivalent professional group) are eligible for becoming members of The Swedish Artists’ Association, given that they fulfill at least one of the following criteria:
a) have a degree from art college or art university
b) have a documented professional track record in the field of visual and/or design/craft
c) is a student at a Swedish art college or an equivalent art college abroad
d) holds a membership in a corresponding artist organization outside Sweden
A. Artistic university degree
A person can be granted membership if holding an artistic university degree in art, design or craft from:
Högskolan för fotografi och film i Göteborg
Malmö Högskola, Konst, Kultur, Kommunikation
Linnéuniversitetet design och konst
Industridesign, Lunds tekniska högskola
or comparable foreign university education with a focus on art or crafts/design.
B. Students at a Swedish Academy of Arts
A person can be granted student membership if studying at any of the art colleges mentioned under A.
The Swedish Artists’ Association also receives students from foreign programs with at least three years of college who give a bachelor's degree in art, design or crafts.
C. Membership in an equivalent artist organization outside Sweden
A professional artist who holds membership in an equivalent foreign organization can be granted membership.
D. Documented professional activity (juried admission)
An applicant who do not meet criteria A, B or C but works as a professional artist, craftsperson or designer could apply for a juried admission process taking place twice a year in April and October.
In case of applying for juried admission, the applicant's professional artistic activities should be described in terms of educational, professional, artistic and technical qualities.
Educational merits include preparatory art education, for example at junior college etc. Continuous apprenticeship training, foreign education and other education with a focus on art and design or craft can also be counted as merit. A study certificate is required.
Professional merits include, for example, documented exhibition activities, public assignments, art projects, scholarships, time in the profession, products in production, reviews and other artistic activities such as consulting assignments, educational assignments, etc.
Artistic and technical qualities are best displayed through pictures and/or other documentation of works performed.
In the assessment, a judgement of the applicant's merits is made in its entirety.
Applicants must, in addition to a complete and correct application form, submit a curriculum vitae and documents proving their professional activity as described above. For example, exhibition activities, public assignments, art projects, scholarships and more. It is also good to refer to a current and updated website.
The application may be accompanied by a maximum of 10 images that reinforce the applicant's artistic and technical competence. The pictures must be accompanied by information on materials, technology, format and year, as a separate attached list. Applications and attachments are submitted electronically via the online application form.
In order for the jury to process your application, an application fee of 350 SEK must be paid.
Attach a receipt of payment.
Postgiro number: 152411-5
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Regular fee: 1990 SEK / year (equivalent to only 162 SEK / month)
Newly graduated or reduced fee: 975 SEK per year
Full-time students at a higher art education: 340 SEK / year
A reduced fee is granted in the following cases:
The membership fee is divided into a service fee that is deductible for small business owners (SEK 1119 / year + VAT) and an association fee (SEK 600 / year). The fee can be divided per quarter or paid annually. For students, the entire sum must be paid on one occasion.
Read through the criteria that apply before you begin your online application.
In order for us to handle your application, you must attach certain documents. Upload your documents in the online application form.
Don't forget to enter your name and social security number (or passport number) when sending attachments via email or regular mail.
When the Office has handled your application and approved it, a confirmation letter and a first invoice will be sent to you.
When the first invoice is paid, the registry sends out your membership card that gives access to all member benefits.