KORO’s main purpose is to ensure that as many people as possible are able to experience high quality art in public spaces both indoors and outdoors nationwide. We fulfil this purpose by producing, managing and mediating art projects at schools, universities, political institutions, courtrooms, office buildings, prisons, cultural centres, railway stations, health and care institutions, military camps, town halls, governmental buildings, asylum centres, embassies and other public facilities. In addition, we bring art to outdoor spaces, where the artists’ expressions form part of the general exchange of opinion, identity formation and management of memorials.
This publicly displayed art is available to a large number of persons as it is displayed in areas where there is a general thoroughfare. Information and communication are extremely important aspects of KORO’s work, and are essential in order to ensure that these works of art are not only available to the general public but can also be interpreted by as many as possible. By enhancing knowledge of art, we boost interest in both Norwegian and international artists and increase the diversity of expressions and impressions within contemporary art.
KORO has principal management responsibility for the Norwegian government’s collection of art in public spaces. The collection comprises around 7,000 works of art that are on display in a total of 920 different places in Norway and at Norwegian embassies and consulates abroad. This management responsibility requires close cooperation between KORO and the numerous institutions that display our works of art.
Given the vast scope of work involved in the production, mediation and management of art, KORO is a major employer for artists, curators, producers and art consultants. Both the production and the management of art for buildings and public spaces require specialised expertise. KORO offers training to develop expertise and a professional network for relevant professional groups. We also organise lectures and workshops, and produce a number of publications.
As the Norwegian government’s professional body for art in public spaces, KORO works in principle with four governmental art schemes.
- The art scheme for governmental new buildings is a scheme whereby 0.5 to 1.5 percent of budgets for construction of new buildings is dedicated to art.
- The art scheme for Government Agencies in Rented Properties and Older Government Buildings (LES) is designed to facilitate art projects for the many government agencies located in buildings not covered by the Art for New Government Buildings scheme.
- The Norwegian government also provides contributions to art projects in local and regional settings via the art scheme for buildings owned by municipalities and counties (KOM).
- The scheme for art in outdoor public spaces (URO) involves working with art in free, public spaces, most frequently outdoors, but also via different forms of public news media.
The three latter schemes above (LES, KOM and URO) are all open for applications. Building owners, agencies, institutions, curators and artists can all apply for a combination of art projects, curator and producer assistance and financial grants.