The Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA) administers the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ scheme of visual art and was founded with the purpose to facilitate Norwegian contemporary art abroad and to strengthen its visibility and international position. One of the foremost means for OCA to achieve this goal is by providing financial support through the 02 and 03 international support programmes funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

One of the key means by which OCA pursues this goal is by offering financial support to Norwegian artists and international artists living and working in Norway to travel and participate in exhibitions internationally; to Norwegian art professionals organising exhibitions and projects abroad; and to international institutions and curators to work more comprehensively and thoroughly with artists, art groups and professionals from Norway, in order to more accurately convey the critical impulse behind their work. OCA provides artists, art professionals, curators and cultural producers with the possibility to network within the international arts community. OCA also stimulates programme development and initiatives that further invigorate the interest in contemporary art events taking place within Norway and by Norwegian artists working abroad. Read more

The International Support for Galleries and Independent Exhibition Spaces (ISGIES) is initiated and funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Culture and administered by the Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA) for the promotion of Norwegian galleries and independent exhibition spaces in international art fairs and temporary exhibition arenas.

The International Support for Galleries and Independent Exhibition Spaces (ISGIES) shall contribute to the increased demand and the internationalisation of Norwegian contemporary art, including visual arts and crafts. The grant should stimulate international efforts for galleries and independent exhibition spaces who work in Norway to promote Norwegian contemporary art abroad, particularly with respect to participation in renowned international art fairs, as well as in temporary exhibition arenas. The categories covered by the grant are art fair or display fee, transportation, insurance and information material associated with the presentation. Applications are assessed by an international jury appointed by OCA.

The application form for the International Support for Galleries and Independent Exhibition Spaces (ISGIES) is now available in



ISACAT is being restructured and is not available for applications. More information will follow shortly.

OCA provides International Residencies for Norwegian artists, curators and critics abroad, including residencies at International Artist in Residency Programme at WIELS Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels, Belgium; International Artist and Curatorial Studio Programmes (ISCP) New York, NY, USA; and International Studio Program Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany. OCA accepts applications for these programmes.