The Office for Contemporary Art Norway runs an International Visitor Programme to support international curators and cultural producers in their research in Norway for upcoming exhibitions and projects. Participation in the programme is by invitation although requests for visits are considered based on availability when addressed to OCA.
Jonathan Watkins has been the Director of Ikon Gallery in Birmingham, UK, since 1999. Previously he worked for a number of years in London, as Curator of the Serpentine Gallery (1995-1997) and Director of Chisenhale Gallery (1990-1995). Watkins has curated a number of large international exhibitions including the Biennale of Sydney (1998); ‘Facts of Life: Contemporary Japanese Art’ (Hayward Gallery, London 2001); ‘Quotidiana’ (Castello di Rivoli, Turin 1999); Tate Triennial (2003); Shanghai Biennale (2006); Sharjah Biennial (2007); ‘Negotiations’ (Today Art Museum, Beijing 2010); and the Guangzhou Triennial (2012). He was part of the curatorial team for ‘Europarte’ (Venice Biennale, 1997); ‘Milano Europa 2000’, (Palazzo di Triennale, Milan 2000); and ‘Riwaq’ (Palestinian Biennial 2007). He also curated the Iraqi Pavilion for the Venice Biennale in 2013. Watkins has written extensively on contemporary art. Recent essays by him have focused on the work of Giuseppe Penone, Martin Creed, Semyon Faibisovich, Yang Zhenzhong, Noguchi Rika, Caro Niederer, Beat Streuli and Cornelia Parker. He was the author of the Phaidon monograph on Japanese artist On Kawara.
Nigel Prince is the Executive Director of the Contemporary Art Gallery in Vancouver, Canada. Prior to this he was Curator at Ikon Gallery in Birmingham, UK, where he was responsible for an international programme, making solo exhibitions and publications with artists including Arturo Herrera, Donald Judd, Olafur Eliasson, Martin Boyce, Shahzia Sikander, Ryan Gander, Victor Man and Susan Philipsz amongst many others. His exhibition of paintings and drawings by Cuban artist Carmen Herrera in 2009 was critically heralded as the ’discovery of the decade’ by several international newspapers. While at Ikon he helped launch many Canadian artists on to an international platform providing them with their first museum shows, in particular Marcel Dzama, Steven Shearer and Roy Arden. He has worked with institutions as diverse as the Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany; The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada; Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany; Museum of Craft and Folk Art, San Francisco, CA, USA; Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Holland; and the Venice Biennale, Italy.