The International Association of Art Critics (AICA) brings together some 4,200 art professionals from some 70 countries all over the world, organised into 63 National Sections and an Open Section. AICA is particularly well represented in all parts of Europe, Australia, North and South America and the Caribbean. It has very active National Sections in Middle Eastern and Asian countries (Israel, Singapore, Japan, Hong-Kong, Pakistan) and a number of African Sections have been formed in recent years. AICA-UK is the British section of AICA International.
The main objectives of AICA have changed little over the years. In 2003, however, they were redefined to emphasise the global reach of the Association, its cross-cultural ambitions and its interdisciplinary approach. AICA aims to:
- promote art criticism as a discipline and contribute to its methodology
- protect the ethical and professional interests of its members and co-operate in defending their rights
- maintain an active international network for its members, with the aid of available technologies and encouragement of face-to-face encounters
- contribute to mutual understanding of visual arts and aesthetics in all cultures
- stimulate professional relationship across political, geographical, ethnic, economic and religious boundaries
- defend impartially freedom of expression and thought and oppose arbitrary censorship
The membership of AICA-UK aims to be mutually supportive and engaged with topics relating to the interpretation of art, both historic and contemporary. The general meetings are occasions to learn more about, and contribute to, the work of the organisation, and there are a number of events and social occasions through the year.
A small number of distinguished individuals are Honorary Members, and they currently include Anna Somers Cocks (OBE), Julie Lawson, Bridget Riley (CH CBE) and Sir Nicholas Serota.
New members are welcomed. Applicants need to complete a form and demonstrate their track record as a writer through submitting three examples of their work. For details about how to join, see Apply.
AICA-UK is currently led by two co-Presidents, Sacha Craddock and Ingrid Swenson, supported by an executive committee. Key documents relating to the running of the organisation, as well as the statutes, are shared with members through this site.
The seventieth anniversary of AICA was celebrated in 2019 and associated texts about the organisation’s distinguished history in various parts of the world can be found on AICA’s website.
Archives of Art Criticism
Founded in 1989 with the support of AICA, the Archives of Art Criticism houses the papers of leading critics and writers in France and internationally, from 1945 to today. Based in Rennes in France, it promotes research and publishes the bilingual review Critique d’art about art criticism twice a year.