The Association of Norwegian Sculptors (NBF) was established in 1946 with the main purpose to establish guidelines that would regulate official sculpture competitions in the aftermath of the Second World War in Norway. The most important claim was that artists should possess the majority of seats in the committees.
Secondly, the Association also became an important part in commissioning the artist's works, to both official and private customers. During the 1970s a broad movement for artists' rights emerged in Norway. The Association of Norwegian Sculptors played an important part in this movement, especially regarding negotiating agreements with the Norwegian government.
In 1972 The Sculpture office was established as a sales- and information channel on behalf of Norwegian sculptors. The Sculpture Office welcome enquiries regarding both general information and in relation to the sale of sculptures, both from public and private sectors. Other important activities are coordinating public and private exhibitions, competitions, as well as representing the professional interests of Norwegian sculptors.
365 sculptors (2012) are represented through the office's commissions.
The Association of Norwegian Sculptors (NBF) is a sub organization under the Norwegian Visual Artists Association (NBK). Most artists working with three-dimensional art in Norway are members of The Association of Norwegian Sculptors. Membership is based on education, artist activity and quality of artworks. The Association of Norwegian Sculptors' board considers applications for membership twice a year. All artists working in the three-dimensional field in Norway or Norwegian artist living outside of Norway can apply for membership.
NBF is responsible for the biennial exhibition "Norsk Skulpturbiennale" the major three-dimensional contemporary art show in Norway. The last four Biennials have taken place in the Vigeland Museum in Oslo.
NBF receives financial support from the Art Council Norway. We also receive support from the city of Oslo for our public art project Sculpturarena öst. This gives us the opportunity to arrange experimental public art projects and exhibitions both in various public spaces and at our experimental project space at Carl Berner subway station, Oslo.
The Association of Norwegian Sculptors
Hekkveien 5, N-0571, Oslo, Norway
Tel: +47 22 37 77 80
Fax +47 22 37 53 47