International Support



The foundation Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA) was established in 2002 to promote and professionalize Norwegian participation in international co-operation in the visual art by the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. One of the foundation’s tools is the International Travel Support application based scheme funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 2019 the annual budget for this is NOK 1.770.000. A jury of four members meet three times per year to evaluate all applications received. Application deadlines are 1st February, 1st May and 1st October. Applications needs to be registered in

Norwegian artists and artists working in Norway with permanent residence in Norway can apply for this International Travel Support. Art institutions abroad can also apply for projects that include Norwegian artists and artists working and living permanently in Norway.

The scheme can support personnel travel and accommodation, transport and insurance of art works and production of catalogue related to the project abroad. The application needs to be written in English and follow the form given in

Priority is given to exhibitions taking place in key international art institutions, biennials and project spaces. Support is given to solo and group exhibitions including Norwegian artists and artists working and living in Norway permanently initiated by international curators and to Norwegian art professionals organising exhibitions and projects abroad where Norwegian artists and artists working and living in Norway permanently are included.

The objective for support is to foster the visibility and consideration of Norwegian visual art abroad, to promote innovative artistic investigations, and to facilitate a creative dialogue and collaboration in the context of contemporary cultural practice.

To apply for International Support, click here. Please read Grant Programme Guidelines before filling in the application form and notice that OCA do not accept application sent by post. The application forms are available in Norwegian and English.

For questions, please contact Anne Charlotte Hauen.

Other Funding for Projects in the Nordic Region


After the closing of NIFCA in 2006, the Nordic Ministries of Culture have established programmes to support cultural cooperation and exchange within the Nordic region.
The Mobility and Residency Programme is an important part of the new structure for Nordic cultural cooperation. The programme focuses on mobility for artists and professionals within the fields of culture, network building and artists in residence. This initiative aims to open doors for the arts inside and outside the Nordic countries and contribute to strengthening the position of professionals within the field of culture.

For grant applications related to exhibitions, projects and exchange opportunities in the Nordic countries, please visit Kulturkontakt Nord's website:


BAR International artist-in-residency program invites artists from the Barents Region, Nordic countries and internationally to explore the Barents borderland in transition. Kirkenes, just a few miles from the borders to Russia and Finland, has become a transborder town, a gateway to Russia, a crossroad for political decisions and a laboratory for creative solutions to economic, cultural and social challenges in the border region.

BAR facilitates art-production and mediation in the Barents Region: both studio-based work / research and artistic process in public space. BAR is connected to other projects produced by Pikene på Broen such as the annual winter festival Barents Spektakel and the Barents Art Triennale. These events become presentation arenas for works produced under residencies.

BAR is a 3-year project that was started in 2008. It is part of the Nordic AiR network and is supported by the Nordic Culture Point, Norwegian Arts Council, Barents Secretariat, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Finnmark County and Sør-Varanger Municipality.

For more information please visit Bar International and BarentsKult's websites.