The South African Association of Arts – our name in 1945 – was a founding member of the International Association of Art – Association Internationale des Arts Plastiques in French. This is a non-governmental world body run by and for visual artists in every medium, style and tradition. It was founded in 1954 under the auspices of UNESCO.
Artists from countries across the world are represented by their national committees. At the first General Assembly of the association in Venice in 1954, we were represented by an established visual artist, Walter Battiss. He was elected as a member of the organisation’s first executive committee, together with representatives from Brazil, the USA, Yugoslavia, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Italy, Japan and Sweden.