News : 2015/04

Upcoming Deadline for International Support: 1 May 2015

Published 2015/04/21

From A River in the Ocean, an upcoming project by artist Marte Johnslien for the 12th Havana Biennale, 2015.




Deadline: 1 May 2015
Following application deadline: 1 October 2015

OCA is currently accepting applications for the 1 May 2015 deadline for International Support. Applications are accepted from Norwegian artists, international artists residing in Norway and non-profit arts organisations. Priority is given to exhibitions taking place in key international art institutions and project spaces. Support is also extended to solo exhibitions and group exhibitions initiated by international curators as well as to Norwegian art professionals organising exhibitions and projects abroad.

The funding for International Support is provided by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the allocation is decided upon by an independent jury of Norwegian and international art professionals designated by OCA.

Please notice that 1 September and 1 November deadlines have been merged, and that the following application deadline is 1 October 2015.

Click here to read more about International Support and OCA´s International Residency Programme.

For more information, please contact Anne Charlotte Hauen.


OCA is a foundation created by the Norwegian Ministries of Culture and of Foreign Affairs in 2001 with the aim of developing cultural collaborations between Norway and the international arts scene. The foundation aims to become one of the main organs in the international contemporary arts debate through initiatives such as exhibitions, seminars and publications, as well as by providing support to Norwegian artists for their activities in the international art arena and inviting international curators and artists to Norway. OCA has been responsible for Norway's contribution to the visual arts section of the Venice Biennale since 2001.

UK Presentation of 'Rapture'

Published 2015/04/21

OCA is pleased to announce the UK presentation of 'Rapture' at the Nordic Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2015. The event is organised in collaboration with the Royal Norwegian Embassy in London, and takes place at the Ambassador's residence on Tuesday, 21 April 2015 at 18:30.

The Director of Office for Contemporary Art Norway and Curator of the Nordic Pavilion, Katya García-Antón, will be in conversation with the artist and Gregor Muir, Director of the ICA London, from 19:00.

Call for applications: ‘Climbing Invisible Structures. Curated Residencies and Exhibitions in Norway, Iceland and Lithuania’

Published 2015/04/21

Eglė Ambrasaitė & Domaš Noreika (museum Aikas Žado Live), Museum Aikas Žado Live: Epistemological Table as Zemat Propeller, 2015.

Application deadline: 24 May 2015

Nida Art Colony of Vilnius Academy of Art
Taikos g. 43
LT-93121 Neringa

Climbing Invisible Structures. Curated Residencies and Exhibitions in Norway, Iceland and Lithuania is a curated visual arts residency exchange and exhibition programme organised by the Nida Art Colony of Vilnius Academy of Arts (NAC) (Lithuania), in collaboration with the Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA), the Nordic Artists’ Centre Dale (Norway), the Skaftfell Center for Visual Art (Iceland), and the Ars Communis Residency Centre YO-YO (Lithuania).

Ritualised disciplinary practices can be seen as both symbolic and instrumental not just in shaping, impressing and reproducing behaviours and identities; they are also instrumental in learning and in the production of knowledge. Rituals are not only inherited static traditions; they are subject to change, and they can also be creative. New rituals can be generated for relational and convivial purposes, or as parts and instruments of the new cultural and creative industries. E-learning, social media and streaming services, have affected some of our most familiar rituals, and created new ones. Artists who participate in the project will be invited to think what impacts these new rituals have on their (artistic) practices.

The programme is curated by Eglė Mikalajūnė (Lithuania) and Samir M’kadmi (Norway).

The programme starts in August 2015, with ten two-month-long residencies: one in Iceland and three in Norway for artists from Lithuania; and five in Lithuania for artists from Norway and Iceland. All the residencies will be hosted by the partner institutions. The artists-in-residency will be commissioned to produce new works, which will be presented to the public in exhibitions held in Lithuania and Norway in the first half of 2016. A joint seminar at NAC with all the participating artists and a series of artists’ talks will be organised during the period of the project.

One Icelandic, four Lithuanian and five Norwegian artists will be selected for Climbing Invisible Structures each of whom will receive a 2,400-euro artist’s grant, free housing, travel expenses to and from the residency, seminar and exhibition sites, and a production grant of up to 2,800 euros.

Eligibility: Visual artists based in or being nationals of Norway, Iceland or Lithuania are welcome to apply. Collaborative teams can apply, with the understanding that only one artist’s grant, one production grant, one studio and one living space will be allotted to each team. Participating artists will be selected by the curators and residency hosts. Applicants will be selected on the basis not only of their work and exhibition history, but also on their specific proposal for Climbing Invisible Structures.


  • August-September 2015: residencies at the Nordic Artists’ Centre Dale and Ars Communis Residency Centre YO-YO
  • End of September 2015: four-day-long seminar at NAC
  • October-November 2015: residencies at the Ekely artist house of Office for Contemporary Art Norway, Skaftfell Center for Visual Art and NAC
  • January-April 2016: exhibitions in Lithuania and Norway

For more information on the programme and its curators, as well as for details on how to apply, please click here. For more information on the facilities of the residency centres, please visit their respective websites.

Application deadline: 24 May 2015

Skype interviews: 15-17 June 2015
Final decisions: 22 June 2015

The programme is financed by the European Economic Area Financial Mechanism 2009-2014 and NAC.

Venice Biennale 2015 accreditation

Published 2015/04/15

To request invitations to the professional preview of the 56th International Art Exhibitionon on 6–8 May, please access the online form on the Venice Biennale website. For press accreditation please click here.