Nedre gate 7
Email: info (at) oca.no
Telephone: +47 23 23 31 50
Fax: +47 23 23 31 51
Office Hours: Monday to Friday / 9-17:00
How to get there:
By Bus: Take bus 54 or 34 to Jakob Kirke. Walking distance from Jakob Kirke to OCA approximately 3 minutes.
By Tram: Take tram number 11, 12, 13 or 17to Hausmanns gate. Walking distance from Hausmanns gate to OCA approximately 5 minutes.
OCA relocated its offices and international studios to Nedre gate 7 in Grünerløkka in August 2008. Reflecting upon the Board's acknowledgment of OCA's expanded programme, visitation and overall operations, a decision was made in 2007 to seek out a new location in order to provide greater accessibility and visibility for OCA as a public institution. Nedre gate 7 is a brick building designed by the architects Ove Ekman and Einar Smith, which was erected between 1896 and 1899. Situated on the river for purposes of drawing power, the building served as a natural site for the establishment of industry in Oslo. Nedre gate 7 housed the textile company Indigo AS - a complex housing workshops, boilerhouse and dye-works. The building's characteristic pipe, originally 50 meters in height, was eventually reduced. During World War II, the building contained a car repair shop used by the resistance movement to hide automobiles.The space, renovated throughout winter 2008 under the direction of the Oslo-based architectural firm Space Group, provides public accessibility to OCA and fosters a synthesis between its discursive programme and a changing programme of public projects.
In the relocation process to Nedre gate 7, in Spring 2011 OCA's Board took the decision to close OCA's Artists File. As the archive was created as an independent initiative on the part of OCA's administration and was not reflected in its mandate nor provided funding to operate such an archive in an updated manner that is required of such an archive of information, the initiative has been closed.