International Support : Application Process


1 February - 1 May - 1 October

To apply for International Support, click here. Please read the Grant Programme Guidelines before filling in the application form and notice that OCA no longer accepts application sent by post. The application forms are available in Norwegian and English.

Grant Programme Guidelines

Applications are accepted from Norwegian artists and international artists living and working in Norway who have been invited to participate in exhibitions internationally; Norwegian art professionals organising exhibitions and projects abroad; and international institutions and curators to work more comprehensively and thoroughly with artists, art groups and professionals from Norway. Support is only given to projects initiated or taking place at non-profit institutions, and priority is given to exhibitions taking place in key international art institutions and project spaces. Projects may include exhibitions, catalogues and other activities directly related to these areas.

Grants are awarded by an international jury on a project basis to artist's projects and curatorial initiatives taking place in museums, artist-run organisations and other non-profit cultural institutions, to facilitate innovative and scholarly presentations of contemporary visual arts. OCA does not support participation of artists or projects within private and/or commercial galleries. If the non-profit status of the institution is likely to be unclear, the application should be accompanied by a document that certifies the institution's non-profit character. Additionally, OCA does not provide support for participation in international art fairs. Inter-disciplinary projects can only be funded when the visual arts are a key element of the project.

OCA does not consider projects that have been realised prior to the date of the application submission in any given period.

New and important information as of 1 January 2016 regarding all applications

  • The application form will be closed at 09:00 on the day following the deadline.
  • More fields have been made mandatory within the application form. The application cannot be submitted unless information is filled in.
  • Following notice, missing material must be sent within 48 hours.

Funding Categories

OCA is only able to consider applications for the funding of freight, insurance, travel, accommodation and publications in connection with professional artists╩╝ and curators╩╝ non-commercial, public exhibitions abroad. Travel grants may also be given for participation in an active role in seminars and other activities considered to be of major significance for the field of Norwegian contemporary art. The grant scheme does not cover support for project development, production of works of art or rental of premises. Nor does it cover support for educational travel/further education. OCA's support is not intended to provide for the entirety of the project – all supported projects must be co-financed.

If Support Is Granted

The name and logo of the Office for Contemporary Art Norway should appear on any press, marketing and other related material published in print or online on the occasion of the exhibition. The logo can be downloaded here.

The grant must be used within two years of the date on the grant confirmation letter, otherwise the grant will be considered cancelled. If the project is postponed please contact OCA.

The earliest submission date to request the grant is two months prior to the opening of the project.

Because of Norwegian rules for grants, stipends, etc., OCA informs that the Office of the Auditor General of Norway is entitled to verify that the grants are used according to the stated conditions. In order to facilitate this, the grantee is requested to complete the Report Form within one month of the completion of the project. To access the Form, applicants need to key in the last five numbers of their application reference at

Institutions are required to send all printed matter related to a funded project. If an exhibition catalogue is produced, the Office for Contemporary Art Norway should receive 3 copies for its archive, as well as any printed matter produced in relation to the project, and links to any material published online.

Please note that OCA may publish the names and projects of the successful applicants, as well as the images from applications and reports in various non-commercial platforms such as the OCA website, newsletter, press release and/or Annual Report.