By Manijeh Rezapoor

Culture ministry seeks to establish national guild of Iranian artists

September 4, 2018

​TEHRAN – Iran’s Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance is seeking to establish a national guild of artists, the new director of the ministry’s Visual Arts Office, Hadi Mozaffari, said on Tuesday.

“The union will help artists to pursue their rights in their relations with individuals and art organizations, and we need to take steps forward to help establish such a union,” Mozaffari said in a press conference at the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art.

“The union would have several duties to carry out, the first of which would be to recognize the artists and grant their certificates,” he said.

He also noted that the Iranian Artists Forum and different art associations have promised to help in the establishment of the artists union.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Mozaffari voiced his objections to the high number of art festivals held annually in the country and said that the festivals were established to be creative and influential, and after all these years those events that have not fulfilled their major goals need to be either merged or eliminated.

“There is no creativity in some of the events and they have turned into invariant frames repeated annually,” he lamented.

Photo: Visual Arts Office director Hadi Mozaffari speaks at a press conference at the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art on September 4, 2018. (Mehr/Asghar Khamseh) 

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