Organizing Institutions



The Mondriaan Foundation encourages the appreciation of visual arts, design and the cultural heritage from the Netherlands. In 2008, the Mondriaan Foundation supported 673 projects with a total of € 24 million. 302 international projects in 45 different countries were supported financially with a total amount of € 3.526.000.

The Mondriaan Foundation was created to stimulate visual arts, design and the cultural heritage from the Netherlands. We are committed to strengthening the international position of contemporary visual arts and design, and we accomplish this by offering financial support to enable institutions, companies and authorities, both national and international, to reach their audience and extend that reach.

Simultaneously we also believe it to be important that artists, professionals and the public in the Netherlands are able to have an accurate conception as to the latest international developments. To this end we stimulate initiatives designed to bring foreign projects of topical interest to the Netherlands.

Our international ambitions are in line with our primary goal of increasing interest in, and demand for, contemporary visual arts, design and cultural heritage from the Netherlands.

Prince Claus Fund


The Prince Claus Fund aims at increasing cultural awareness and promoting exchange between culture and development. It views culture as a basic need.

Activities and publications reflecting a contemporary approach to the themes of culture and development are realised in cooperation with individuals and organisations mainly in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean.
The Prince Claus Fund seeks to survey and highlight the dynamics of culture and development. To this end it creates platforms for debate and stimulates the creative processes and artistic productions. Important aspects of the Fund’s activities involve informing and organising its network along with acting as a mediator. The Fund envisages co-operation that results from communication with input from all parties involved. It contributes not only as a partner with expertise and an interesting network but also as a financial partner.

Since it’s inauguration in 1996 the Prince Claus Fund has become a platform for intercultural exchange. It works jointly with individuals and organisations in mainly Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean on the realisation of activities and publications reflecting a contemporary approach to the themes of culture and development.
The annual Prince Claus Awards are presented to offer individuals and organisations new opportunities and recognition.

The Prince Claus Fund:
– aims at increasing cultural awareness and promoting exchange between culture and development;
– initiates and supports artistic and intellectual quality;
– is a platform for intercultural exchange;
because the Prince Claus Fund believes
culture is a basic need.

Participating Institutions

BAM, institute for visual, audiovisual and media art


BAM is the Flemish institute for visual, audiovisual and media art. BAM is an independent and intermediary structure, which is positioned between the field and the policy. From a base of in-depth knowledge of both the field and the policy, it provides information, furthers development, collaboration and networking – both within the field and crossing boundaries into other disciplines and fields – and it is in dialogue with the various governments. BAM is no interest group and, contrary to the government, is no channel for subsidies.

BAM informs and documents, stimulates and researches. BAM offers knowledge and information to people and organisations to allow them to work professionally. In addition, BAM documents the players and practices within the field. In order to distribute that information and documentation as efficiently and widely as possible, together with the industry, BAM develops various web platforms and online databases.

BAM also starts various debates, such as on supporting creation, on positioning and mutual networking, or on the importance of memory and reflection. BAM stimulates international collaboration and new possibilities for public work and education. Finally, loads of news opportunities are given to the arts by starting a dialogue about social issues, such as diversity and e-culture, and with other industries like science and technology, education and economy. In order to fulfil the role of driving force and catalyst, BAM does practice-aimed research into the diverse players and the functions they take upon themselves. This way, research, analysis and dialogue help to support, further develop and socially integrate the work and policy fields, both in the short and in the long run.

OCA, Office for Contemporary Art Norway


The Office for Contemporary Art Norway is a foundation created by the Norwegian Ministry of Culture and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in autumn 2001 with the aim of strengthening the position of contemporary visual arts and production from Norway and of stimulating and facilitating exchange between Norwegian and international art professionals and institutions.

OCA’s core objectives are:
To raise awareness internationally of Norwegian artistic and cultural practice.
To promote internationally outstanding practices by Norwegian artists and cultural producers.
To be the leading conduit of information about Norwegian contemporary art practices, for researchers and audiences both in Norway and abroad.
To present in Norway lectures, symposia and visual key developments in international contemporary art practice.
To explore synergies between the artistic and academic worlds.
To act as a forum for discussion and for the production of intellectual discourse on art and culture.

The activities of the Office for Contemporary Art Norway are manifold:
International Support
OCA offers financial support enabling non-profit international institutions and international curators to place Norwegian artists, curators and critics within professional exhibitions and contexts. OCA accepts applications on four deadlines throughout the year: 15 February, 15 May, 15 September and 1 November. Applications are accepted from non-profit entities, and priority is given to exhibitions taking place in key international art institutions and project spaces. Support is also given to solo exhibitions and group exhibitions initiated by international curators including Norwegian artists, as well as to Norwegian art professionals organising exhibitions and projects abroad. Norwegian artists and international artists with permanent residence in Norway may also apply for support. The objective for support is to foster the professional consideration and exhibition of Norwegian art abroad, innovative artistic production and a creative process of dialogue and collaboration within the spectrum of contemporary cultural practice. 

International Visitor Programme
The International Visitor Programme (IVP) enables international curators, critics and cultural producers to visit Norway for research meetings with artists, curators and writers. IVP is made available to selected individuals by invitation only.

Individual Residencies Abroad
OCA provides international residencies for Norwegian artists, curators and critics abroad, including residencies at the International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP) in New York City, Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin, Germany, Platform Garanti in Istanbul, Turkey, Platform China in Beijing, China, Berlin Mitte in Berlin, Wiels Contemporary Art Centre in Brussels, Belgium and at Capacete in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, Brazil. OCA accepts applications for these programmes on a quarterly basis. Applications are considered by a jury.

International Studio Programme (ISP)
The International Studio Programme Oslo is available for international artists, curators and cultural practitioners at the invitation of OCA for a stay of up to three months, independently or in connection to specific research within Norway. The programme provides residents with one of three studios located within OCA at Nedre Gate 7, accommodation located nearby OCA and a honorarium for expenses. Residents are encouraged to engage with the art scene and to establish temporary and permanent exchanges with artists and other art professionals throughout the country.

Public Platform and OCA Semesterplan
OCA is a cultural meeting place for Norwegians and citizens from throughout the world. As a multidisciplinary institution with an expanded public platform, OCA seeks to enhance the appreciation of contemporary Norwegian artistic achievements by offering a series of discursive, residency, exchange and exhibition programmes focusing on current artistic and intellectual currents in Norway and abroad, and cooperating with cultural and academic institutions abroad. Twice a year OCA publishes the OCA Semesterplan, a calendar of events providing public information about the schedule of OCA’s public activities, lectures, screenings and exhibitions taking place within OCA’s premises and on OCA’s initiative.

Verksted was launched by Office for Contemporary Art Norway in 2003 as a series of publications and seminars focused on current discourses relating to contemporary production, culture and aesthetics. Verksted was expanded in 2006 with a renewed commitment to exploring the relationship between philosophy and aesthetics. With OCA’s move to Nedre gate 7 in 2008, Verksted extended its research and investigation into OCA’s public space, with presentations of artworks as well as workshops, discussions and conferences.