20 years ago, there were 8 special artists’ funds operating within most of the professional artists unions with the aim of providing support and social security protection for their members. These funds also provided scholarships to free-lance artists to spend time at the “Houses of Creation”, where writers and artists could live cheaply and do their work in very good conditions and for several months per year. A new workshop for fine art artists was also constructed.
Since 1993, there was a steady decrease in the amount of funding available. The artists’ funds were transformed into insignificant offices under the management of the artist unions. They are financed from donations and sponsorship which does not provide sufficient support or security to their members.