We want art in Denmark to have a broad and lively appeal, with space for many voices and forms of expression
UKK wishes to contribute to creating better conditions for artistic practice and for the critical contextualisation of contemporary art, as well as to stimulating greater dynamism and breadth in the discussion of contemporary art. The association therefore represents two occupational groups: artists and art professionals.
UKK is the first and only organisation in Denmark to consider contemporary art, as well as working conditions outside of traditional professional boundaries, from a unified perspective. UKK does not seek to promote a particular view of art, working rather for diversity. The association wishes to support the grassroots layer, and focuses on the working conditions of young, experimental, and not necessarily established artists. We have a broad understanding of the concept ‘experimental’ as including cross-disciplinary practices and the plurality of the concept of contemporary art.
UKK is an independent, professional association, whose aim is to provide better conditions for contemporary art and its practitioners
UKK is an independent, professional association, whose aim is to provide better conditions for contemporary art and its practitioners.
UKK was founded in the spring of 2002 as a direct reaction to the Ministry of Culture’s cutbacks, which hit the young art scene particularly hard. It became clear that nobody spoke on behalf of this group, which was why new organisation was necessary.
Today, the greatest challenge continues to be ensuring the existence of the ‘arm’s length principle’, a safeguard against centralisation and political control, as well as maintaining a critical debate about the working conditions of art practitioners.
We believe that the breadth of contemporary art remains under-prioritised, and that the working conditions of artists and art professionals aren’t good enough. It is therefore necessary for an association such as UKK to take action and continue to lead the dialogue about these topics.
A more nuanced debate on the art scene, in the public sphere, and in the media about contemporary art and its working conditions.
Better pay and working conditions for artists and art professionals, including fixed honorariums when working with art institutions. It is not a question of if, but of how much.
Voluntary work? Internships and subsidised positions can be good ways to gain experience, insight and network, but it is our common responsibility to ensure that most positions are paid.
More democracy and transparency in the Danish art system, as well as the ensuring of an art policy system that accommodates cross-cultural, experimental projects and international exchange.
Better possibilities for international exchange and collaboration for Danish contemporary art. Gender on the agenda.
Equality between the sexes as regards employment, exhibitions, and purchases by Danish art institutions.
As an exhibition organiser you have the chance to present the public with the plurality in Danish art. Maintaining and continually increasing the numbers of UKK representatives on various councils and boards that have influence on contemporary art.
UKK is represented in:
Dansk Kunstnerråd (organisation for the professional artists’ organisations in Denmark)
Københavns Kommunes Billedkunstudvalg (Copenhagen Municipality’s Council for Visual Art)
Statens Kunstfonds Repræsentantskab (Representatives of the Danish Arts Foundation)
UKK is in continual dialogue/collaboration with:
Statens Kunstfonds Repræsentantskab (Representatives of the Danish Arts Foundation),
Statens Værksteder for Kunst (Danish Art Workshops),
Billedkunstnernes Forbund – BKF (Danish Visual Artists),
Københavns Kommunes Billedkunstudvalg (Copenhagen Municipality’s Council for Visual Art),
Dansk Kunstnerråd (Danish Council of Artists),
Unge Kunstneres Samfund – UKS (UKS Young Artists’ Society) (NO),
Overgaden. Institut for Samtidskunst (Overgaden, Institute of Contemporary Art).
The committee is elected at the Annual General Meeting and consists of a minimum of seven members: the chairman, vice chairman, and five committee members, plus three deputies with the right to meet and the right to speak.
At the Founding General Meeting on 29 May 2002, the current committee was elected for a two-year period. However, three members are elected for a one-year period, so that the members of the committee aren’t all changed at once. This is intended to ensure continuity in the work of the committee and the association. At the moment there are four deputies on the committee due to tied votes at the Founding General Meeting.
Since the association represents both artists and art professionals, a minimum of two artists and two art professionals must sit on the committee at any one time. The committee meets according to need, but at least once every four weeks. Approximately once every three months an open committee meeting is held for all interested members of UKK.
Contact the committee: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Contact the committee regarding relevant matters, inquiries, special committees, initiatives, and the like: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact the administration regarding membership cards and subscription payments: email@example.com
Statens Kunstfonds repræsentantskab, 2017-20
Rådet for Visuel Kunst, Københavns Kommune, 2019-22
Dansk Kunstnerråd – Paraplyorganisation for kunstnerorganisationer, 2019-
UKK Articles of Association
UKK Articles of Association
§1 The name of the association:
UKK — Organization for Artists, Curators, and Art Mediators.
§2 The aims of the association:
UKK is an independent association which works to promote the experimental and younger part of contemporary art, as well as for the political and social rights and interests of its members. The association represents two professional groups: young artists and young art professionals, including curators, writers, and critics. The association is national and works across traditional professional boundaries. The association aims to improve the conditions for contemporary art in Denmark, its visibility, and the debate about it in the public sphere, among the general public as well as in political and professional organs, and internally, among the members.
§3 Membership – admission, resignation, exclusion:
Membership of UKK is personal. Membership is open to artists and art professionals as according to 3.1 to 3.8.
3.1) Artists from the three art academies in Denmark: Det Jyske Kunstakademi, Det Fynske Kunstakademi, and Det Kongelige Danske Kunstakademi. As well as art professionals, curators, and critics educated at the Institut for Kunsthistorie at the Universities of Copehagen and Aarhus, as well as Moderne Kultur og Kulturformidling and Visuel Kultur at Copenhagen University, Kultur og Formidling at the University of Southern Denmark, and Æstetik og Kultur at Aarhus University.
3.2) Membership is also open to students from when they begin their studies at bachelor or master level at the above named educations.
3.3) There is no time or age limit for a membership. A membership may be taken from when you are admitted and/or graduate from the above named educations.
3.4) Membership is also open to Danish artists and art professionals educated at corresponding institutions of further education outside Denmark, as well as for foreign artists and art professionals with ties to the Danish art scene.
3.5) Admission of members who have not been educated according to points 3.1, 3.2 and 3.3 may occur on the basis of level of activity. Membership may be attained by being actively engaged within a professional art context, with a minimum of three completed projects within a two year period (exhibitions, projects in public space, text publications, commercial gallery of which one-third (1/3) of the company’s Danish activities include artists eligible for membership of UKK according to the articles). All admissions require the sending of a CV and documentation of education to UKK. Professional age according to point 3.5 is usually determined from the second year of professional activity.
3.6) If you as a member are no longer active as a professional artist or active critic or art professional, and if you for example retire, you may become an associated member of UKK. You retain access to the same forums and discussions as ordinary members, without the right to make suggestions or vote at General Meetings. Neither may associated members stand for election to the committee.
3.7) Resignation from the association may occur by email or via the contact form on UKK’s website.
3.8) A member who doesn’t respect the articles or decisions which are passed at General Meetings may be excluded from the association by the committee. An exclusion must be approved at the next General Meeting.
§4 The structure of the association:
4.1) The General Meeting is the association’s highest authority and is held once a year, at the latest on 1 June. The General Meeting is convened at least 30 day’s beforehand. The General Meeting and Annual Meeting are open to the public, but only valid members (i.e. members who have paid their subscription) have the right to vote.
The agenda for the Ordinary General Meeting must as a minimum include the following points:
1) Election of the chair
2) Election of the secretary
3) The committee’s annual report
4) Annual reports of the working groups
5) Presentation of the audited accounts for approval
6) Suggestions received from members
7) Setting of the subscription fee
8) Election of the committee and committee deputies
9) Election of accountant
Suggestions to be addressed under point 6 of the agenda must be signed and addressed to the committee at least 14 days before the date of the General Meeting, and be made public to the members on the internet at least 5 days before the General Meeting.
4.2) Extraordinary General Meetings may be called by the committee with three weeks’ notice, or if at least one-third (1/3) of the ordinary members demand it. Extraordinary General Meetings are convened in the same way as General Meetings, but are held at the latest two months after they are approved/demanded. Extraordinary General Meetings may only address points which are mentioned in the call.
All decisions at a General Meeting are taken by ordinary majority of votes. The at any time lawfully convened General Meeting is legally competent.
Members who are unable to attended a General Meeting may vote in advance on points listed in the case documents, by delegating their vote to another named member by written declaration. Advance votes and votes by proxy must be announced to the committee at the latest 24 hours before a General Meeting. No one may have the power of attorney to represent more than three members at a General Meeting.
61) The committee is chosen at the General Meeting and consists of eleven members: chairman, vice chairman, treasurer, and ten ordinary committee members with the right to meet and to speak. Only valid, ordinary members who are not studying may stand for election to the committee. At the first Ordinary General Meeting following the founding, three committee members voluntarily stand for election. If agreement cannot be reached, the order is established by drawing lots. If a committee cannot attain eleven members at a General Meeting, a membership of nine may be accepted, after which two further members may be voted in at an Extraordinary General Meeting, see 6.2.
6.2) At any given time there must be a minimum of two artists and two art professionals on the committee. Committee members are voted for at one election, at which every valid member has five votes. When the votes have been counted, the two artists and two art professionals with the most votes are chosen. Thereafter the three remaining candidates with the most votes are chosen, regardless of whether they are artists or art professionals.
6.3) An individual is a committee member for the entire period, i.e. for the two years for which they have been elected. Thereafter they can stand for re-election for another 2-year period.
6.4) Members who stand for election to the committee are required to inform UKK of whether they are members of other professionally relevant and/or related committees.
6.5) The committee nominates its own chairman, vice chairman, and treasurer. The committee sets the rules of procedure and takes the decisions necessary for the running of the association. The committee commits itself to convening the members of UKK for a minimum of two open committee meetings a year over and above the General Meeting, of which one must be held in the provinces.
6.6) The committee’s quorum requirement is at least four members. When votes are tied the chairman’s vote is the casting vote. Decisions are taken by ordinary majority. A committee’s period lasts for two years. An individual may sit on the committee for two consecutive periods, and for a maximum of three periods in all.
6.7) The association binds itself by the signatures of two committee members, of which one must be the chairman or the vice chairman.
6.8) A secretary or other form of necessary assistant may be employed by the committee.
6.9) UKK’s valid articles of association must always be found on UKK’s website.
§7 Economic responsibility:
The association is liable solely for its obligations regarding the assets it at any time owns. None of the association’s ordinary members or committee members has any personal liability. The association cannot go into debt.
The signatures of all committee members are required for purchases exceeding 5,000 DKK.
The association’s financial year runs from 1 January to 31 December. The coming year’s subscription fee is set by the General Meeting at each Annual General Meeting. Auditing takes place once a year after the end of the financial year. Unannounced inspection of the accounts may occur at the behest of the auditors. Announced auditing must, however, be undertaken at least once a year. Accounts and status must be furnished with an accountant’s declaration by the association’s accountant.
§9 Changes to the articles of association and the dissolution of the association:
Changes to these articles of association or the dissolution of the association require, in the first two years of existence, that more than half of the association’s valid ordinary members vote in favour, thereafter at least two-thirds (2/3) are required to vote. There must always, however, be a two-thirds (2/3) majority in order to dissolve the association. If two-thirds (2/3) of the association’s members are not present, the committee may convene a new General Meeting. It must be held three weeks later at the earliest and two months later at the latest.
The call must explain the suggestion. At the new General Meeting a change to the articles of association can be passed by two-thirds (2/3) majority of the represented.
In the event of the dissolution of the association, any net assets must be distributed to charitable causes which are related to the aims of the association. Decisions regarding this are to be taken at the Extraordinary General Meeting of Dissolution.