Association of Norwegian Visual Artists

The Association of Norwegian Visual Artists (NBK) is a membership organisation committed to promote and enhance the intellectual, social, legislative and economic interests of professional visual artists.

As a parent organisation with 14 regional organizations and five discipline-specific, nationwide artists’ organisations, in addition to the Young Artists’ Society (UKS), our 3000 members represent a large percentage of artists within the visual field. Organisational roots date back to 1882 and the first ever national state exhibition Høstutstillingen.

What we do

NBK has long been recognized by the government as a negotiation and consultative body where questions related to art and artists conditions are concerned.

A main task for NBK is to document the need for public support and regulations of different kinds, and work in favor of different means of solutions to the economic challenges faced by artists. The National Convention is the organization’s highest deciding body, and consists of representatives elected by NBK members. The National Convention decides the current strategic plan – the general issues the board will focus on during a consecutive two year period.

  • Increasing number of government artists grants
  • Exhibition remuneration
  • Strengthen visual arts education practices in schools
  • Increasing purchasing budgets for contemporary art in museums


Høstutstillingen – Norway’s largest exhibition of contemporary art based on free submission is administered by NBK. The works are selected by a jury elected by NBK members, making the juried responsibility of this exhibition the last remaining artist driven one at a national level.


Membership is open to professional visual artists only, and can only be obtained through being accepted a member of one of our 20 sub organisations.