Statutes for the Professional Association of Visual Artists Bremen

I. Name, Seat, Legal Form and Purpose


1 The name of the association is “Bremer Verband Bildender Künstlerinnen und Künstler e.V.” (Professional Association of Visual Artists Bremen), abbreviated to “BBK”, with its registered office in Bremen.
2 The Association is registered in the Register of Associations at the Bremen District Court.
3 The area of the Association covers the catchment area of the federal state of Bremen.
4. the Association is a corporate member of the Bundesverband bildender Künstlerinnen und Künstler e.V..
5. the business year is the calendar year.


1. the Association is an association of visual artists who are active in the catchment area of the federal state of Bremen.
2. the purpose of the Association is to promote the visual arts and to represent the professional and cultural-political interests of visual artists.
3. it has the task
– to enlarge the circle of people interested in art,
– to publicize the activities of artists,
– to improve their income and working conditions,
– to promote their education and further training,
– to maintain artistic workshops,
– to intensify the cooperation and the exchange of information between the artists,
– to cooperate with the other state and district associations of the Federal Association of Visual Artists,
– to pursue cultural-political cooperation with cultural authorities, institutions, associations as well as the trade union IG Medien.
4. the purpose of the Association is not directed towards an economic business area.
5. the Association refrains from any commitment to a specific artistic direction.
6. the Association is independent of party politics.

II. Membership


Only natural persons can become members of the Association. The Association includes ordinary honorary members.
a. Ordinary members who practice the fine arts can become members.
b. Honorary members can become any member of the Association who has rendered outstanding services to the promotion of art and culture, or to the endeavors of the BBK. Honorary members have the rights of full members, but do not have to pay association dues. The general meeting decides on the appointment of an honorary member.


To obtain full membership, the following is required: a written application to the Board of the Association, enclosing a curriculum vitae and proof of a. completed studies in a visual arts subject, or
b. exhibition, presentation, or publication experience.
Students of a visual arts discipline from the 6th semester onwards may become members upon proof of exhibition, presentation, or publication practice.
The Board of Directors decides on the admission of a full member. If the board has doubts whether the requirements for membership are fulfilled, the general meeting decides on the admission. If the admission is rejected, there is no right of appeal.


Every ordinary member is liable to pay dues. The annual membership fee shall be determined at the Annual General Meeting and shall be paid by March 31 of the fiscal year.


Membership expires through a. death
b. by resignation
c. by exclusion

Resignation must be declared in writing to the Executive Board. It comes into effect immediately. The resigning member is obliged to pay the membership fee for the current fiscal year.
An exclusion can take place
a. because of actions that are deliberately directed against the interests of the Association,
b. if a member is in arrears with the annual membership fee for more than one year despite repeated reminders.
The general meeting decides on the exclusion. The exclusion becomes effective with the delivery of the written notice. With the termination of membership, the membership rights expire.

III. Board of Directors


The Executive Board shall consist of at least three and at most five ordinary members. The chairperson, the secretary, who is also the deputy chairperson, the accountant and, if necessary, two assessors. The assessors are equal to the chairmen in the internal relationship. The General Meeting shall decide on the number of members of the Executive Board when appointing the Executive Board. The executive board and the assessors work according to the collegial principle.
The board may appoint a managing director and delegate the day-to-day business to him/her/them.


The executive board in the sense of §26 BGB are the chairperson and the deputy chairperson. Each of them can represent the association alone. The board of directors can regulate the powers of action internally by rules of procedure.


The members of the board are elected by the general meeting for 2 years. The election takes place at the annual general meeting. In justified cases the election can take place in an extraordinary general meeting.


he board can establish working committees. The committees have the task of advising the board.


he activities of the Executive Board are generally performed on an honorary basis. Board members may be paid an expense allowance or other appropriate remuneration. The General Meeting shall decide on this. The resolution shall determine the amount of the expense allowance or other remuneration and the services for which the payment is made.

IV. Meetings and elections


The ordinary general meeting (Annual General Meeting) shall be held annually in March. The members shall be invited to the meetings by the board in writing at least 8 days in advance, stating the agenda. The invitation is considered to have been issued when it is posted.
Proposals for the agenda must be submitted to the Board in writing at least 5 days before the meeting.

A member cannot be represented by another person.

All resolutions are passed by a simple majority of votes. In the event of a tie, the motion put forward shall be deemed to have been rejected.

Alle Beschlüsse werden mit einfacher Stimmenmehrheit gefasst. Bei Stimmengleichheit gilt der gestellte Antrag als abgelehnt.


The responsibilities of the Annual General Meeting include:
1. the acceptance of the Annual Report, the Report on the association’s assets, the Auditors’ Report and the discharge of the Accountant and the Board.
2. the election of the Board of Directors
3. the election of two auditors, who may not be members of the Board.
4. the passing of resolutions on amendments to the Articles of Association.
5. the fixing of the annual membership fee.
6. the passing of resolutions on the dissolution of the Association and the use to be made of the Association’s assets and the election of liquidators.

Minutes of the General Meeting shall be taken and signed by the Chairperson and the Secretary.


Extraordinary General Meetings shall be called by the Board if it deems it necessary, or if 10% of the members request this in writing to the Board.

V. Final Clause


A majority of 2/3 of the members present is required to amend the Statutes and a majority of 2/3 of all members is required to dissolve the Association. If the quorum for the dissolution of the Association is not given, a General Meeting to be called again within four weeks decides with 2/3 of the present members.

In the event of dissolution of the Association, liquidation shall be carried out by liquidators elected by the meeting determining the dissolution.

The assets of the Association shall not be distributed among the members, but shall be used for the promotion of the fine arts.