Guidelines for the Art programme for the New Opera House
Laid down by the Ministry of Culture and Church Affairs on 5 September 2002, revised on 20 October 2003.
Parliamentary bill no 48 (2001-2002), New Opera House in Bjørvika, contains a proposal for allocating NOK 30 million, at the 2002 price level, towards an art programme.
The scheme for art in state buildings was established by a Royal Decree on 2 September 1997 and by the guidelines laid down by the Ministry of Culture on 15 February 1999. These documents are attached.
Due to the size and special character of the opera project, the Ministry proposes a modified model for this project. In relation to this, reference is made to Recommendation no 213 (1998-1999) to the Parliamentary bill no 48 (1998-1999), On the new Opera House (II), in which it was proposed that the Steering Group for Project New Opera House should be made responsible for approving the art programme.
Model for an art programme for the New Opera House
- The Art Committee will formulate proposals for an art programme in the usual way. Those parts of the art programme that will be open to competition shall also be open to foreign artists.
- The board of the National Foundation of Art in Public Buildings will discuss the art programme and submit its recommendations to the Steering Group.
- The Steering Group for Project New Opera House will then adopt the art programme.
- Any proposal for changes to the program after it has been approved shall be handled by the board of the National Foundation for Art in Public Buildings, which will submit its recommendations to the Steering Group. The Steering Group shall decide whether such changes shall be approved.
- The Steering Group will finally decide any disputes relating to art that may arise in the Art Committee, following the recommendations of the Foundation’s board.
- The National Foundation for Art in Public Buildings shall in the usual manner assume responsibility for managing the funds allocated to the art programme and ensure that the art projects are properly managed.
- Furthermore, the Art Committee shall undertake the task of attempting to obtain external funds for art.
- The Art Committee shall seek to limit the administrative costs of the work to ensure that as much as possible of the financial resources available may be spent on art assignments.
- The Art Committee must consider any new acquisitions of art in relation to the objects of art which the Norwegian Opera owns at present.
The role of the Directorate of Public Construction and Property (Statsbygg) in the art project
The Directorate shall coordinate the Art Committee’s work as regards the progress of various part projects in relation to the progress of the building project, so that the art project does not lead to any risk of delays or increased costs for the building project.
For part projects involving building-related art, the art project shall be adapted to the building project’s economy and progress, for which the Directorate is responsible. If such a project should entail additional costs for the actual building project, such costs shall be charged to the budget for the art programme.
The National Foundation for Art in Public Buildings and the Art Committee shall communicate with the Steering Group through the Directorate’s project organisation for the opera house project, as the Directorate’s project organisation is the secretariat for the Steering Group.
For further specifications of the Directorate’s management of the art project, see Directorate’s document “Guidelines for the Art programme in the Project New Opera House” of 10 October 2003.