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 120 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.
Acting Director of Arts Council Norway is Kristin Danielsen. 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.
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.