Welcome to AICA-UK


The International Association of Art Critics (AICA) supports those engaged in writing and thinking about art through offering public programmes and membership benefits that include free access to museums and galleries across the globe. Established in 1950, AICA is committed to promoting art criticism as a practice and to protecting the ethical and professional interests of its members.

The UK Section of AICA comprises over 300 critics, art writers, curators and scholars throughout the country. Reflecting the ethos of its parent organisation, AICA-UK aims to foster critical writing and thinking about art and to support a new generation of critics. It provides:

  • A membership and press card that offers free entry to many museums, galleries and arts institutions around the world.
  • Public events, including an annual lecture delivered by a distinguished writer or critic, and informal networking opportunities to discuss exhibitions and new critical writing.
  • Representation of members’ views in relation to key issues.
  • A programme of mentoring for new critical voices.
  • Three annual gatherings: an Ordinary General Meeting held outside of London, with a specially organised visit to museums and galleries; an Annual General Meeting held in London; and a New Year’s party.
  • An invitation to attend the annual AICA International Congress, hosted each year by a different member nation, as well as an opportunity to deliver a paper to delegates.

As a volunteer and ever-evolving organisation, AICA-UK encourages members to take part in the shaping of the Association through suggesting ideas for discussion and helping with programmes and events.

Annual membership costs £60 pa. Apply to join.


AICA-UK is pleased to announce the following forthcoming online events:

Publication launch and discussion with the authors of Central and Eastern European Art Since 1950 (Thames & Hudson 2020). Wednesday, 25 August 2020, 6.00 -7.00 pm >>

The 7th International Award for Art Criticism: Applications are now open

The Seventh Edition of the International Awards for Art Criticism (IAAC 7) 2020 is open to candidates from anywhere in the world writing in Chinese or English about any contemporary art exhibition held anywhere in world, or, for the first time this year, online, between 15 September 2019 and 20 December 2020. Candidates are invited to write a review of 1,500 words or 2,500 Chinese characters on any exhibition of contemporary art. The first prize will consist of a cash award of 10,000 Euros or the RMB equivalent.
Deadline for applications is 20 December 2020. Visit the IAAC website for more information and how to apply. http://www.iaac-m21.com/english/index.html