In 1847, Aarhus Art Society of 1847 was founded by art enthusiastic citizens. The purpose of the association was to “awaken and promote a general knowledge of the finer arts and their creations...”. This would be done partly by granting the members access to looking at art, partly by giving them the oppurtunity to to acquire art through the association's procurement and distribution of art works. Even though Aarhus in 1847 only had around 7000 citizens, 205 persons joined the association.
In 2012 it was decided to restructure the art association into a freinds association with the name KA Friends.