New international benefit

An identity card that recognises the professional status of artists, the IAA Card provides a-n Artist members with a practical, money-saving benefit enabling easier access to international culture. The card is accepted by galleries, museums and cultural institutions around the world including Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, Orangerie in Paris, Martin Gropius Bau in Berlin and the Acropolis in Athens.

Now available to UK artists through membership of a-n, the free or discounted entry supports lifelong learning and professional development, and provides professional artists similar access to art exhibitions, events and collections as that granted to researchers, art critics and journalists.

Introduced as part of existing membership, with a small charge of £2 made to cover printing and postage, the IAA Card is available to Artist members and Joint Artist and Arts Organiser members. Cards are valid from date of purchase to 31 December 2020. Apply now

About IAA

The International Association of Art (IAA) supports international cooperation and artistic exchange and aims to improve the economic and social position of artists. This international professional association representing visual artists has been affiliated to UNESCO as a non-governmental organisation since 1954.

a-n The Artists Information Company is the UK National Committee of IAA Europe and as such is the only UK organisation that can distribute the IAA Card. IAA Europe is one of five cultural regions of the IAA and comprises a network of over 40 national committees that each represent professional visual artists in their countries. a-n’s role as the UK National Committee for IAA Europe is part of our work with international sector partners who share our advocacy and campaigning mission.

Where it can be used

Several European countries provide lists of institutions that accept the IAA Card. A list produced by the IAA in January 2018 is also available. Many more institutions worldwide accept the card but not all countries keep official lists. The back of the card asks directors of institutions to grant free entry, so cardholders are advised to produce the card and see what happens.


The IAA card is available to UK artists who have an Artist or Joint Artist and Arts Organiser membership of a-n. It is not available to a-n Arts Organiser, Student or Organisation members.

How to apply

You’ll need to upload a photo during the application process. Please follow accepted conventions for passport photos – head and shoulders, plain facial expression, nothing covering your face etc. Your photo must be:

  • JPEG or PNG format
  • at least 400×500 pixels
  • no more that 5MB in file size

The IAA Card is provided as part of membership with a small charge of £2 made to cover printing and postage costs. Payment can be made by credit or debit card.

IAA Card Application Form

Please allow up to 28 days for us to process your application and post your card to you. We will endeavour to get it to you quicker than this.

Frequently asked questions about IAA Card