Arts Council Norway was established in 1965 in order to administer the Norwegian Cultural Fund. Its mission was to conserve Norwegian culture, which was perceived to be threatened by cheap foreign paperbacks and the advent of television. Today, the world of art is characterised by diversity, innovative projects and internationalisation, and
Arts Council Norway is in charge of a broad spectrum of functions within the cultural field. In 2016, the total
allocation from Arts Council Norway to the Norwegian cultural sector will amount to 132 million euros.