Association of Art Centres in Norway is a network organisation of artist run art centres in Norway. These 15 art centres are situated in most of Norway’s counties, and have been professionally run institutions since their establishment during the middle of the 1970s

Every Art Centre is particular to its context and operates within varying local conditions. However, but all the centres have common goals of creating non-profit sites for contemporary art and to secure artists' rights to freedom of speech. In addition to this we carry out certain tasks related to presenting contemporary art for the public; we appoint artistic consultants for public art projects, we organise the National Exhibition Grant for tha Arts Council Norway, and we create projects that promote access to contemporary art for school children.

Accessing art

Every Art Centre forms its own exhibitions and events programme. Audiences all over the country can access exhibitions and current debates on contemporary art through the various activities of the Norwegain Art Centres. Examples include - working closely with Den Kulturelle Skolesekken (programmes for school children), creating touring exhibitions, using a veriety of methods to make contemporary art accessible to wide groups of audiences (gallery exhibitions, debates, public art and public intervention projects, festivals). Several of the art centres have shops that sell art and craft.

Organisation and finances

During the decade following 1976 the Art Centres were established all over Norway. Every centre has a board containing members appointed by the county department of the two main artist organisations - The Norwegian Association of Artists (NBK) and The Norwegian Association for Arts and Crafts (NK).  These artist board members are in the majority. Each Art Centre receives core funding from the county council and the host city council.

Art in Public

Public Art Norway (KORO) is the government’s professional body for art in public spaces. The Art Centres are KORO's regional collaborators. Public and private organisations that begin planning an art project in public domain should contact their local Art Centre to have an artistic consultant appointed to supervise and assist the project.


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