January 24, 2024

Meeting with representatives of the Artists Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina at the Federal Ministry of Culture and Sports

On 23 January 2024, a meeting was held at the Federal Ministry of Culture and Sports with representatives of the Artists Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina. On behalf of the Ministry, the meeting was attended by Azra Lojo Hajro, Head of the Scientific Research Department and Marko Frančešević, Expert Associate for Culture, who welcomed on behalf of Minister Vlaisavljević representatives of the Artists Association – Alma Suljević the newly elected ULUBiH President and Denis Jeina, Secretary of the Association. Lojo Hajro and Frančešević congratulated Ms. Suljević on appointment and expressed satisfaction that it was the first time in its long-term work that the Association had a female president. Furthermore, they expressed commitment of the Ministry to work on development of all artistic activities, and also emphasised importance of conversations in order to improve the work.

Suljević and Jeina presented the ULUBiH programme for 2024, which included innovative but also some traditional activities that this Association had been successfully implementing regardless of the difficulties encountered in work. They also expressed satisfaction with the so-far cooperation with the Ministry, in which they feel welcome, support and interest in their work.

Suljević recalled the exhibitions that marked the important dates of Bosnia and Herzegovina – Fine Artists Exhibition of, the Small Format exhibition, the Collegium Artisticum exhibition, as well as The Cherry Sunday in Počitelj and the International Art Colony of Počitelj, which gathered artists from all over the world and took care of their works of art and collected significant new funds. ULUBIH is one of the oldest professional associations that has been gathering artists for 77 years, affirming and improving the field of fine arts in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

They also discussed the improvement of future cooperation and new projects that focused on young artists and their promotion through the Youth Salon project, which was also significant in many ways. The focus of the conversation was the issue of youth unemployment, as well as care and support for the older members of the Association, who contributed with their names and work to the preservation of the dignity and continuity of this Association.