International Support

This grant is aimed at supporting the participation of Norwegian artists and artists living and working in Norway, when they are invited to take part in projects abroad. The grant fosters visibility for Norwegian and Sámi visual art abroad, to promote innovative artistic investigations, and to facilitate a creative dialogue and collaboration in the context of contemporary cultural practice.

International support is one of OCA's tools to promote and professionalize Norwegian participation in international cooperation in the visual art field and has funding allocated to two main types of activity:
International Travel Support, funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with a budget of NOK 2.300.000 in 2024
International Production Support, funded by the Ministry of Culture and Equality with a budget of NOK 3.000.000 in 2024.

Application deadlines are February 3, May 3 and October 3. Applications are assessed three times per year by the OCA jury.

International Travel Support and International Production Support are applied for through the same application form.

Application Process

Applications are only accepted via stikk.no. Read the extended guidelines on stikk.no thoroughly before filling in the form. For questions, please contact OCA's Grants Officer Eirik Zeiner-Henriksen.

Who can apply

  • Artists, curators, critics and writers who have been invited to participate in/organize exhibitions or projects abroad.
  • Art institutions abroad that have invited Norwegian or Norway based visual artists, curators, critics or writers to take part in exhibitions and other projects abroad.
  • Institutions who have invited, or artists who have been invited to participate in exhibitions abroad with new artworks.

Support is prioritised for projects initiated by, or taking place at, key international art institutions and project spaces.

This grant scheme does not support participation at art fairs.

What can be supported

The scheme can support the following categories in connection with professional artists and curators in 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 educational travel/further education.

For International Travel Support: 

  • Travel
  • Accommodation
  • Transport of artworks, including packaging and building of crates
  • Insurance of artworks during transport
  • Rental of exhibition space upon invitation from a foreign professional institution or art space
  • Technical production (graphic design, printing etc.) of relevant printed matter, as catalogues.
  • Digital promotion of the artist and/or the artist’s exhibition abroad. For this category and for printed matter, use the ‘Other’ box in the budget section in the application form and explain in the budget comment field.

For International Production Support:

  • Materials
  • Services (technical competence)

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 www.stikk.no.

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 2 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.


The OCA jury is selected based on an open nomination process. The jury evaluates applications for the grant schemes for international travel support incl. production support, and international residencies. The jury meets three times per year to assess applications in relation to the grant scheme deadlines 1st February, 1st May and 1st October.

The OCA jury for the period of 2023 – 2025 consist of:

Giovanna Esposito Yussif 
Vibeke Slyngstad 
Kjersti Solbakken
Ruben Steinum (leader)

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