Art scheme for rented properties and older buildings owned by the government (LES)

The purpose of the LES scheme is to provide art to governmental agencies and institutes that are either housed in rented properties or in government buildings built prior to 1998. The scheme is open for applications and holds a new round of allocations every two years. There is a wide diversity among the types of buildings and facilities that have received works of art via the scheme. They range from major, representative, prestigious buildings and advanced, specialised buildings to more modest office buildings for general administrative purposes. The space for art and requirements for art in these buildings is just as diverse as in other government buildings.

Applicants represent all types of public agencies and institutes. The art projects can be completed either as location-specific assignments produced for a specific context, or as purchases of existing works of art. When the terms of rental are sufficiently long term, the scheme also allows for works of art that are integral to the actual building in question.

What can you apply for?
This is a scheme where applications can be made for an art project for a specific building. Distribution of information on the work of art and a management clause are integral parts of the projects. As opposed to the two other art schemes that are open to applications (KOM and URO), with the LES scheme, applicants cannot apply for financial grants or grants for development of expertise.

Who can apply?
All government agencies and institutes housed in private rented properties or older government buildings can apply.

Application deadlines
The deadline for applications is 1 February 2015 then every two years subsequently.

Who processes the applications?
The applications are processed by a professional committee appointed by KORO. The committee is made up of four members; three external members and one from KORO’s staff. The committee is appointed for a period of two years.

How are the projects executed?
Once an application has been approved, the project is developed and executed by KORO in continuous dialogue with the users of the building. The committee in charge of processing the applications also acts as curator, producer and communicator of the art projects approved during each application round. These functions are fulfilled in close cooperation with the institute receiving the work of art.