Acknowledgement of the Sámi people

OCA acknowledges the Sámi as one people, and as the Indigenous people of the Fennoscandian region. On the land of this region, Sápmi, the Sámi people have lived since time immemorial, respectfully harvesting from nature by fishing, farming, hunting and following reindeer, amongst other activities.



OCA offers a 6-months artist’s residency programme at WIELS Contemporary Art Centre in Brussels, Belgium from 1 January until 30 June. Annual application deadline 1 May. Applications are accepted from Norwegian artists and international artists residing in Norway. The programme is designed for artists who have already elaborated a specific and promising aesthetic language but seek artistic, theoretical and professional support in order to develop their practice.

The programme includes an individual working studio at the residency premises, an apartment in walking distance from the residency, weekly tutorials with professional artists Sylvie Eyberg and Simon Thompson, one field trip in Belgium or abroad and one solo or group presentation at the end of the residency, not necessarily at WIELS’ premises. The project will be presented on WIELS’ website. OCA provides a travel grant of 4 000 NOK and a living grant of 120.000 NOK.

Application process

Applications are only accepted via Read the guidelines thoroughly before filling in the form. For questions, please contact OCA's Grants Officer Eirik Zeiner-Henriksen.

Next application deadlines: 1st May 2024


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OCA Supported Residency at WIELS with Are Blytt

Since 2009, OCA has been sponsoring an artist residency programme at WIELS Contemporary Art Centre in Brussels. In 2018, Are Blytt undertook a residency stay at WIELS where he found creative support, inspiration, and a kick-start that took his artistic practice abroad.