Arts Council Norway

A short guide to
Arts Council Norway

Picture from Vegard Winge and Ida Müller's production Villanden by Henrik Ibsen, 2009 <br />Photo: Magnus Skrede

Picture from Vegard Winge and Ida Müller's production Villanden by Henrik Ibsen, 2009
Photo: Magnus Skrede

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 and archive sectors, including all 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 2014, the total allocation from Arts Council Norway to the Norwegian cultural sector will amount to 140 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.

Arts Council Norway budget for 2014 is 140 million euro.

Director of Arts Council Norway is Anne Aasheim. Chair of the Arts Council is Yngve Slettholm.

Arts Council Norway has a key role in the EEA Grants in the cultural field for the period 2009-2014. The Norwegian Cultural Contact Point for the EU Culture Programme is located to the Arts Council. The Arts Council is involved in several other professional networks and projects at a European and international level.

Read more about the EEA Grants Culture.

The secretariat for The Cultural Rucksack is located in the Arts Council Norway administration. Read more about The Cultural Rucksack here.

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

Postal address

Arts Council Norway / Kulturrådet
Postboks 8052 Dep, 0031 Oslo

Visiting address

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

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List of employees at Arts Council Norway