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.


Artica Svalbard

OCA is a key partner of Artica Svalbard, a foundation created in 2016 by the Norwegian Ministry of Culture, Fritt Ord (the Freedom of Expression Foundation) and the Cultural Business Development Foundation of the bank SpareBank1 Nord-Norge. Artica’s Key Partners are OCA (Office for Contemporary Art Norway), Norsk PEN and the Queen Sonja Print Award. The purpose of the foundation is to facilitate artistic and cultural activities on Svalbard, and to support the development of Norwegian art and culture by enabling artists in all genres to create and present their art. The foundation has an Arctic and international focus and organise public events to raise awareness of and discuss the Arctic's relevance to fields such as culture, geopolitics, climate change, migration and minorities.

Residency programme

OCA nominates artists for residencies at Artica Svalbard's premises in Longyearbyen, Svalbard and support them accordingly. Artica Svalbard provide access to a studio space, print workshop and the local scientific community. The residency programme offers the space and time needed to research, share and practice new ideas.