Iaspis is part of the Swedish Arts Grants Committee, which is a government agency. Its activities are financed through the remuneration for works in public spaces – a financial resource allocated annually by the government to the Visual Arts Fund. Iaspis has played a vital role in the internationalisation of Swedish art by awarding grants for international exchange and by initiating and accomplishing international networking processes between artists, writers and curators. Iaspis has a public programme of lectures, seminars and exhibitions both in Sweden and abroad. These activities are an essential part of Iaspis’ work of disseminating information internationally about Swedish art, design, architecture and craft, as well as discussing topical issues in contemporary theory and practice.