STARA - 16.04.2015, Blaðsíða 57

STARA - 16.04.2015, Blaðsíða 57
S T A R A n o .3 1.T B L 2 0 15 57 managed to arrange a meeting. FÍM had always been the biggest obstacle but now it had a new chairman, Sigrún Guðjónsdóttir, Rúna to us. The great debate that had raged in the past – and still did in part – had little to do with her. Finally we had a basis for cooperation to start the fairly complicated process of uniting all the groups. We held many meetings and each mem- ber was assigned a certain task. The first idea was to disband all the associations and group all visual artists together. However, it could not be done legally and instead we created a board of representatives from every association with the board itself being voted at an annual meeting. This made me concerned about the status of the members of HM. I was even hoping to change the group’s statute and keep it in existence, but those ideas were not supported. Who was sup- posed to be their advocate on the board or at the association’s forum? The workgroup’s con- clusion was that individuals could be members of the umbrella organization. A decision was made to organize a representative body which included a representative from each member association as well as one representative for in- dividual members, elected at the annual general meeting. In addition, board members would be elected at the annual general meeting. From the outset, this arrangement seems to have worked quite well, but is likely unnecessary today. The Association of Icelandic Visual Artists was founded in November 1982 at a well attended meeting of visual artists at Hótel Borg. Attend- ees agreed that the future was brighter now that everyone stood together in order to support and strengthen visual art in Iceland. Thirty years later, I have come to the realization that this was a great advancement, although we still need to fight for awareness and the right to practice real visual art in this country. Many things have been achieved, one of them being the acquisi- tion of a good housing in the heart of the city. When we started this journey we managed to get a small facility at the Ásmundarsalur Gallery, not the most convenient accommoda- tion but good for meetings. Today, I am happy to have contributed to the interest of visual artists in this country and I wish those who now control the reins at SÍM all the best in strength- ening and mounting guard around visual art in Iceland. The groups that formed SÍM were: Society of Icelandic Artists (Félag íslenskra myndlistar- manna), Reykjavík Sculpture Association (Myndhöggvarafélagið í Reykjavík), The Icelandic Printmakers Association (Íslensk grafík), The Icelandic Textile Guild (Textíl- félagið), The Icelandic Ceramic Artists’ Association (Leir-listafélag Íslands) and the Interest Organisation of Visual Artists, which was then disbanded. Sigrún Guðjónsdóttir, Rúna, became the first chairman and a few of us who were in the preparation group continued on as members of SÍM’s first board.
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