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
International Support for Galleries and Independent Exhibition Spaces is aimed to strengthen the participation of Norway based galleries abroad and contribute to increasing both the demand and internationalisation of contemporary art, including fine arts and contemporary crafts.
The gallery support aims to stimulate international participation of galleries that are based in Norway, especially within significant international art fairs and temporary exhibition spaces.
2. Grants and grant management
The parliament of Norway makes annual decisions on the framework for the Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA) and Norwegian Crafts (NC). The Ministry of Culture allocates annual grants to OCA, who manages these.
3. Who can apply?
Norwegian galleries and independent exhibition spaces that have entered into a binding agreement with one of the listed art fairs or temporary exhibition spaces can apply for the grant.
4. Criteria for applications
Support will automatically be granted based on OCA’s available funds, if a gallery or independent exhibition space exhibits at least one contemporary artist who is Norway based, at one of the international art fairs or temporary exhibition spaces that are listed on the overview of eligible arenas.
OCA and NC (when it comes to contemporary crafts) will produce and revise the list of eligible arenas annually. The list is completed by 1 October the previous year and will be available at www.oca.no and www.norwegiancrafts.no. Applications will be processed on a rolling basis.
5. What can be applied for
The following four categories can be applied for:
• Participation fee (documented fee for participating in fairs or temporary exhibitions)
• Art transport
• Art insurance
• Information material related to the participation at the event
The application amounts will be prioritized based on the categories mentioned above. This grant does not support travel, hotel or accommodation.
6. The amounts applied for
Up to 100% support is given for costs, if the costs are between 1 - 100,000 NOK.
Up to 70% support is given for costs, if the participation fee is larger than NOK 100,000 NOK.
Regarding the division above, 100% and 70%, regulations are set by the following three points:
• The maximum amount that can be given per application is: 400,000 NOK.
• The maximum amount that can be given to an applicant within a calendar year for participation in the fair within the same calendar year is: 700,000 NOK.
• The maximum amount that can be allocated to an applicant over three calendar years is: 1,900,000 NOK.
It is refered to the regulations of de minimis aid.
7. Application demands
Applications must be submitted through the application form, link published on www.oca.no. Guidelines and form are available on www.stikk.no. The guidelines must be read before applying. The application must be fully completed with sufficient grounds.
A copy of the commitment to the event must be attached to the application. Furthermore, a complete list of the artists the gallery will present at the fair, at least one of the artists must be a Norwegian citizen or permanently based in Norway, should be enclosed.
The application must also include:
• Quote for transport and marketing costs
• Invitation letter with information that documents the cost of the participation fee.
If support is provided from other grant schemes, this must be stated in the application and in the budget.
Support is not granted retrospectively.
Traveling to areas where the Ministry of Foreign Affairs discourages travel is not eligible, see travel advice on www.landsider.no
8. Application process
The application process is ongoing through the year without deadlines. The amounts are calculated on the basis of the percentage set for the scheme. The grants are given to Norwegian and Norway based galleries and independent exhibition spaces that have been invited to attend art, or arts and contemporary crafts fairs that are listed each year by OCA and NC. The list is revised every October. Internal control of the calculations shall take place and be logged.
Within a month of the finalisation of the event a report and budget overview must be sent to OCA through the stikk.no pages.
10. Test period
This grant scheme and guidelines are a test for a period of three years, 2019-2021.
List of eligible art fairs 2019:
AIPAD, New York
Armory Show, New York
Art Basel, Miami Beach
Art Basel, Hong Kong
Art Fair Suomi, Helsinki
Art Los Angeles Contemporary
Art Monte-Carlo, Monaco
Drawing Now Paris
Frieze Art Fair, London
Frieze Art Fair, NY
Köln Messen/Art Cologne
LA Art Book Fair
London Original Print Fair, London
New York Art Book Fair
Paris Photo, Paris
Poppositions Art Fair
Zona MACO, Mexico City
From Norwegian Crafts:
SALON, Art + Design, New York
Nomad, St. Moritz, Monaco
CHART DESIGN, København
FOG Revelations Grand Palais, Paris
Design Miami/ Design Miami/Basel
Tefaf, New York og Maastricht
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; International Curatorial Residency Programme at Mumbai Art Room, Mumbai, India; International Artist in Residency Programme at Capacete, Brazil; and International Studio Program Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany. OCA accepts applications for these programmes.
The name or logo of the Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA) should appear on any printed and online material relevant for the participation in a fair for contemporary arts that has received support. Download the OCA logo below.
The name or logo of Norwegian Crafts (NC) should appear on any printed and online material relevant for the participation in a fair for contemporary crafts that has received support. Download the Norwegian Crafts logo below.