Call for Norwegian and Norway-based contemporary art curators to attend CIMAM 2023!

4 May 2023

CIMAM 2022 Annual Conference hosted by Es Baluard Museu d'Art Contemporani de Palma. Photo by Soni Martínez Payan.

Are you a curator of modern or contemporary art based in Norway willing to develop your professional skills by attending the CIMAM Annual Conference?

Apply for a Travel Grant supported by OCA – Office for Contemporary Art Norway, Oslo

CIMAM offers 3 travel grants to Norwegian and Norway-based professionals funded by OCA – Office for Contemporary Art Norway, Oslo to support the attendance of contemporary art curators, directors, and museum professionals from all around the world at CIMAM’s 2023 Annual Conference titled "The Co-Creative Museum: Social Agency, Ethics, and Heritage" will be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina from 9 to 11 November 2023.


Grants are addressed to modern and contemporary art museum directors and curators in need of financial help to attend CIMAM’s Annual Conference. Researchers and independent curators whose field of research and specialization is contemporary art theory, collections, and museums, and most of their field of professional activity is related to the functions of an art museum, are also eligible.

Applicants should not be involved in any kind of commercial or for-profit activity.

While professionals of all career levels are encouraged to apply, priority is given to junior directors and curators (with less than 10 years of experience). Candidates who have previously received CIMAM grants from the same grant contributor may only be considered for a new grant after 3 years since the previous grant was awarded – unless the grant received was online. In that case, they are eligible to apply again.

Awarded candidates benefit from unique networking opportunities through interaction and exchange with international museum directors and peers. Travel grantees become Members of CIMAM for the term they have been awarded.

The deadline to apply is June 11 at 00:00 hrs. CEST.

Apply HERE

Purpose of the grant

The aim of the grant is to allow successful candidates to attend the CIMAM 2023 Annual Conference and access not only the speaker presentations but also all the activities scheduled during the 3-day conference such as the networking and workshops sessions, and the visits to the main contemporary art exhibitions in Buenos Aires.

The support will cover the following:

  • Conference registration includes access to all conference sessions, lunches, dinners, refreshment breaks, access to organized visits, and coach service to and from planned visits during the 3 conference days.
  • Travel expenses (round trip economy flight).
  • Four-night accommodation in one of the hotels recommended by CIMAM (except for grants funded by Arthaus).
  • CIMAM membership for the period awarded.

Funds do not cover transportation to/from the airport, visa expenses, travel insurance, and registration for the optional conference tours.

The distribution of funds is set on a case-by-case basis for each recipient. CIMAM books and pre-pays all expenses directly (travel and accommodation) avoiding reimbursements to any grantee.

Application Process

Candidates are invited to complete an online application form and include a CV and short résumé, a motivation statement, and two letters of recommendation o email messages in support of the candidates should be issued by museum professionals or scholars who are familiar with your work and/or qualifications.

Current Members of CIMAM (2023-25) are exempt from providing 2 letters of recommendation, but the names and contact details of 2 referees.

If you have any questions about your membership status please email us before submitting your application to Susana Carnicero at (

OCA – Office for Contemporary Art Norway, Oslo

Public lecture at OCA by MUAC, Photo credit_Michael Miller_Office for Contemporary Art Norway.jpg
Public lecture at OCA by MUAC, Photo credit_Michael Miller_Office for Contemporary Art Norway

The Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA) is a non-profit foundation created by the Norwegian Ministries of Culture and of Foreign Affairs in 2001. Its principle aim is to foster dialogue between art practitioners in Norway, including Sápmi, and the international arts scene, and support artists based in Norway in their activities around the world. As a result OCA’s discursive, exhibition, publication, residency and visitor programmes focus on bringing to Norway the plurality of practices and histories at the forefront of international artistic debates, as much as they are concerned with actively participating in such debates nationally and internationally. OCA has been responsible for Norway's contribution to the visual arts section of La Biennale di Venezia since 2001.