Arts Council Norway

A short guide to
Arts Council Norway

In 2016, the total allocation from Arts Council Norway to the Norwegian cultural sector will amount to 132 million euros.

In 2016, the total allocation from Arts Council Norway to the Norwegian cultural sector will amount to 132 million euros.

Arts Council Norway is the main governmental operator for the implementation of Norwegian cultural policy. Arts Council Norway functions as an advisory body to the central government and public sector on cultural affairs. The Arts Council is fully financed by the Ministry of Culture.

Arts Council Norway was established in 1965 in order to administer the Norwegian Cultural Fund. Today, Arts Council Norway is in charge of a broad spectrum of administrative tasks and functions within the cultural field, including artists' grants, the Audio and Visual Fund and a number of other funding schemes.

Arts Council Norway also manages government initiatives in the museum sector, including tasks previously performed by ABM-utvikling (the Norwegian Archive, Library and Museum Authority). The Arts Council has a staff of around 125 people.

A variety of projects

In 2016, the total allocation from Arts Council Norway to the Norwegian cultural sector will amount to 132 million euros. The allocations provide funding for a variety of projects and activities within the performing arts, visual arts, music, literature, archives, museums and more.

Director of Arts Council Norway is Anne Aasheim, Acting Director is Vibeke Mohr. Chair of the Arts Council is Tone Hansen. Head of the committee for government grants for artists is Alfhild Skaardal and Head of the board for the Audio and Visual Fund is Stein Bjelland.

Director of Arts Council Norway is Anne Aasheim, Acting Director is Vibeke Mohr. Chair of the Arts Council is Tone Hansen.

Arts Council Norway has a key role in the EEA Grants in the cultural field. The Norwegian Cultural Contact Point for the EU Culture Programme Creative Europe is located to the Arts Council. The Arts Council is also involved in several other professional networks and projects at a European and international level.

Read more about the EEA Grants Culture.

Read more about Creative Europe.

The Cultural Fund

The Arts Council - ten members appointed by the government - is responsible for the management of the Norwegian Cultural Fund (94 million euros in 2016). The final decision on the allocation of money from the Fund is made by the Council, in accordance with the arm's length principle.

The goals of the Norwegian Cultural Fund are to

  • stimulate creative literary and artistic activities
  • preserve cultural heritage
  • make cultural life accessible to as many people as possible

In addition, allocations from the Fund serve to

  • support innovative art
  • encourage new forms of artistic expression
  • stimulate new presentation methods

The Council normally meets six times a year, and is advised by twenty-six expert committees. members are appointed on the basis of their artistic and cultural qualifications.

The Cultural Fund covers seven fields of professional activity: literature, music, performing arts, visual arts, cultural heritage and arenas for art and other activities. 

The Cultural Fund 2016

More information

Brochure about Arts Council Norway

Also available for download here (pdf)

 

 

Research and Development at Arts Council Norway

Also available for download here. (pdf)

 

 

Contact information

Tel: + 47 21 04 58 00
E-mail: post@kulturradet.no

Postal address

Arts Council Norway / Kulturrådet
Postboks 8052 Dep, 0031 Oslo

Visiting address

Arts Council Norway / Kulturrådet
Mølleparken 2, entrance A
0459 Oslo

Click here for a map of our location, opening times and more.

List of employees at Arts Council Norway