In various countries there are artists who paint, due to their disability, by using their mouth or foot. Up until now they were left to their own devices. Their disability made it especially difficult for them to establish the necessary contacts to enable them to promote their work commercially.
Through the Association they are being offered the basis to secure their own existence and devote themselves to art free of need and worry. To achieve this target, the Association endeavours to trace all mouth and foot painting artists to encourage them to become members and by approaching suitable publishers to distribute their work.
Furthermore, the Association supports developing mouth and foot painting artists by granting scholarships. The Association’s registered office is situated in the Principality of Liechtenstein, chosen for economic reasons, political stability and the international nature of the Association.
The association´s objects are:
- To trace as many mouth and foot painting artists as possible and to encourage them to become members
- To safeguard the interests of severely disabled artists, in particular by securing the commercial promotion of their work.
To conclude and to negotiate contracts with publishers in all countries of the world.
- To grant scholarships to developing mouth and foot painting artists.
- To collect and arrange availability of literature, medical or other auxiliaries belonging to the Association or others which may be of assistance to its members or scholarship holders.
Membership and scholarship holders
Any mouth and foot painter of unimpeachable reputation living anywhere in the world can become a member of the Association provided he is 18 years of age and his work is regarded as artistic by the jury. If he is still under age, he will have to submit the approval of his legal guardian.
Full membership is obtained by being accepted by the Association. The application for acceptance will be submitted by the jury to the managing board.The final decision regarding the acceptance of full membership is reserved for the decision of the delegates’ convention. All full members will receive a monthly payment as well as special payments.
Associated members are mouth and foot painting artists who were accepted by the managing board on the suggestion of the jury. The payment for associated members is always fixed by the managing board, also the annual special payment made in his favour.
The managing board has the right to appoint persons to be honorary members suggested by the delegates’ convention who have been particularly meritorious in promoting the interest of the Association. The delegates’ convention will finally decide about the appointment. It is a precondition for the appointment of natural persons that they are in possession of their civic rights. Honorary members will not receive any remuneration.
The managing board has the right to grant scholarships to persons who paint with their mouth or foot but who, because of their age, quality of pictures or other reasons, cannot be accepted as members. This scholarship must be used for the training of the person concerned. The amount and duration of the scholarship allocated is subject to the decision of the managing board and individual circumstances.
Members must submit their work to the managing board or publishers allocated to them. By joining the Association members authorise the Association to exercise their copyright. The Association is entitled to exercise these rights without any restriction even after death and for an unlimited period. Members and scholarship holders agree to have the artistic quality of their work assessed by a jury laid down in these articles of association. Furthermore, both members and scholarship holders undertake to produce advertising material using their mouth or foot at the request of the managing board.
The govering bodies of the association are:
The general meeting is the meeting of all full members. Associated members will be invited as guest delegates. The general meeting is responsible for the same agenda as the delegates’ convention. It is the sole responsibility of the general meeting to pass a resolution regarding the dissolution of the Association and election of a president.
The supreme body of the Association is the delegates’ convention, or if a general meeting has been convened, then the general meeting. At least one delegates’ convention must be held within three years. Place and time are to be decided by the managing board. Only full members are to be elected as delegates.
The delegates’ convention is responsible for the following matters:
- Passing of resolutions regarding modification of the articles with two thirds majority of votes
- Election of the managing board and ratification of their acts.
- Passing of resolutions on applications put forward by the managing board
- Final decision on proposals by the managing board concerning admission and rejected applications for admission
- Final decision regarding expulsion of members
- Appointment of honorary members and presentation of honorary decorations
- Approval of the annual accounts, annual report, balance sheet and auditor’s report
The managing board of the Association consist of at least three and maximum seven persons. Membership of the Association is not absolutely necessary for a member of the managing board. Members of the managing board are elected at the delegates’ convention or general meeting for the next two conventions. The president is elected at the general meeting for the next three conventions. The managing board manages the business and represents the Association. The managing board constitutes itself with the exception of the president. The president must be a mouth or foot painting artist who has won recognition as an artist and who has been successful at international exhibitions.
A jury decides on all questions concerning the quality of a work of art and any other questions in relation to the artistic activity of a member. The jury consists of the president, or in his absence, of a member of the managing board and two other persons who must themselves be recognised artists or art historians. The jury shall submit applications for membership of artists painting with their mouth or feet to the board.