The visual artists of the Faroe Islands are organized in The Faroese Society of Visual Arts (Føroysk Myndlistafólk).
Conditioned by certain requirements, professional visual artists can become members of the society.
The object of the society is to increase the co-operation among Faroese artists, to improve their circumstances and the situation of Faroese visual arts.
All visual artists who meet the requirements of the society have the right to become members. There are roughly 50 members in the society representing nearly all areas of visual art.
The society was founded 16 September 1981 at Listaskálin (The Faroe Islands Art Museum).
The Faroese Society of Visual Arts is a society existing of professional Faroese visual artists. The society was established 16 September 1981 in Listaskálin (The Faroe Islands Art Museum). The society has since it was established worked at improving the visual artists’ conditions to grow and exist in.
The society has for instance together with LISA (Listafólkasamband Føroya) established scholarships and enterprise allowance from Mentanargrunni Landsins which means that artists can apply for travelling scholarships and that the presentation from the government will be given to artists every year.
The society has suggested in a public hearing that there should be a law that 1,5% of the cost of public renovations and new buildings will be used for decorations. The local authorities of Torshavn have recently started this.
The society frequently arranges lectures and seminars which are relevant to our members and other people interested in art. Since 1990 the society has once a year organized a "censored" spring exhibition.
The society takes part in LISA and Fjølrit and is a member of NKF (Nordisk Kunstforbund) and in BIN (Billedkunstnere i Norden). In addition to that the society has one member in the management of Listasavn Føroya.
The society is an equivalent to other societies of visual artists in different Nordic countries.