Unstable over funding for the Artists’ Center of Northern Norway
The Northern Norway Regional Council for Culture is concerned about the public funding of the Northern Norway Artist Center in Svolvær.
He writes Lofoten Post.
The Nordnorsk Artists Center is the regional art center for contemporary visual art in northern Norway.
They work to strengthen artistic life and the role of art in the region, and are responsible for, among other things, the biennial international art festival Lofoten International Art Festival (LIAF).
According to Nordland County Councilor Christian Torset, it is high time that the Artist Center of North Norway was compared to similar organizations elsewhere in the country. This is revealed in a press release.
– The fact that the Artist Center in Northern Norway is now funded by the Cultural Council’s organizer support program results in significantly weakened conditions for stable and long-term operation. In the long run, this gives less power to the important work that is done through the Artists’ Center of Northern Norway, says Ronald Wærnes, county councilor for economy and culture for Troms and the county municipality from Finnmark.
Both county councils are concerned that a lack of predictability in funding will result in fewer development opportunities for extended and national businesses.
– The North Norway Artist Center is one of the most important established institutions for the visual arts in northern Norway, says Torset.
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