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.



Are you curious about East-Asian art, culture, and society? Would you like to extend your artistic practice through an up to two-month artist residency in Japan?

OCA is excited to announce our newest pilot artists residency in Japan in partnership with Kyoto Art Center — where traditional Japanese artistic traditions meet contemporary artistic practices.

As a pilot artist residency, OCA is offering a maximum two month artist’s residency programme at Kyoto Art Center starting from 1 December. Applications for this pilot artist residency can be registered in from 7th of September, with application deadline 1st of October.

The residency offers: A living space, a work studio, an English-speaking assistant to help facilitate interactions with the local art scene, an interpreter for some public events, an international travel grant for return travel from Oslo to Kyoto (NOK 20,000), a local travel grant for travel in and around Kyoto (NOK 1,450 per month) and a per diem (NOK 360 per day).

Established in 2000, Kyoto Art Center was founded to disseminate and promote art in Kyoto; working with local and invited artists across all genres. During your residency stay, Kyoto Art Center will facilitate meetings relevant to your area of research, as well as introducing further areas of potential interest and providing research support. The residency will be organised in cooperation with ANEWAL Gallery, whose aim is to connect artists to the local city culture and provide insights into issues related to urban planning, amongst other.

Application process

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

After the residency period, you are required to submit a brief report to Kyoto Art Center, no later than two months after your stay. You are also required to submit a report on

Next application deadline: 1st October 2022