Statens Kunstfond

Exhibition of Danish Art Abroad

Funding for Danish artists' travels, accommodation, and transport of works in connection with the exhibition of Danish contemporary art outside of Denmark.



  • Deadlines 2021: 28. April
  • 19. August
  • 28. October

* Note: Please note that you can submit your application until 23:59 on the closing date, but we recommend that you submit earlier. The application form is available at least one month before the deadline. Deadlinen in 2021: 21. January, 28. April, 19. August, 28. Oktober

Who may apply?

  • International museums, art galleries, biennials, private galleries, small exhibition venues and independent curators, which are to exhibit Danish contemporary art.

Find out more about how to apply if your project combines different art forms.

Who may not apply?

  • Students enrolled at one of the approved Danish academies of fine arts or a corresponding educational institution abroad, who have not completed yet completed their studies prior to the start date of the project.
  • Artist groups, if a majority of members are students

You cannot receive funding for:

  • Invitations, meals, etc. in connection with exhibition openings
  • Travel and accommodation of assistants (as a general rule)
  • Travel and accommodation in connection with exhibitions in galleries with which the artist is already working regularly
  • Local transport
  • Project applications that the Committee has previously processed (reapplications)
  • Exhibitions opening before the application deadline
  • Exhibitions in galleries with which the artist is regularly affiliated are not funded unless the committee assesses that they involve a special effort.

Purpose of the program

The Danish Arts Foundation’s Committee for Visual Arts Project Funding wants to promote Danish and foreign contemporary art in Denmark and Danish contemporary art abroad.

You may apply for funding within the following areas:


Funding for presenting Danish and international contemporary art in printed or digital form. Presentation must be related to a project or have an appropriate recipient, either in form of a publisher or an exhibition agreement. It is not sufficient to have an agreement with a printer. Please note that we do not fund presentation projects that concerns a foreign artist and which is aimed at a foreign audience. Art books, catalogues and publications are only funded in cases where it is especially relevant for the artist or the project. Typical expenses: Translation, printing and layout.

Exhibitions abroad

Funding for exhibitions with Danish contemporary artists abroad.

Typical expenses: Transport of works, insurance for works, rent of technical equipment, installation, the artist’s travel, hotel or other expenses that are related to the exhibition, but that are not production of the work or works themselves, and exhibition fees.

Fees for exhibiting artists

Exhibition venues are encouraged to pay fees to artists in connection with their work with an exhibition. The exhibition venue may apply for partial funding of fees for exhibiting artists. The fee covers the artist’s work in connection with an exhibition, which is not directly linked to the production of works - for example, the artist’s participation in meetings, setting up and dismantling an exhibition, participation in PR and presentation.

How your application will be evaluated?

The Committee for Visual Arts Project Funding evaluates applications based on the following criteria:

  • The project promotes Danish contemporary art abroad
  • The project is of a high artistic quality and has a high professional artistic level
  • The project is part of a context of a high professional artistic level
  • The project is accessible to the public
  • The project builds international networks
  • The project is innovative

Artistic quality and professional artistic level

When evaluating the project’s artistic quality and professional artistic level, the committee emphasises the applicant’s ability to make a precise description of the project via text and images: What will the public experience?

The committee makes an overall assessment of the project’s artistic quality and professional artistic level, based on the five parameters stated below. In order for the project to be granted funding, it is not a prerequisite that it is at a high level with regard to all parameters, but it is crucial that the project is at a high level with regard to a number of the parameters.

The five parameters for artistic quality and professional artistic level are:

The project generates conversations

The committee assesses, for example, the dialogue with the recipient, e.g. whether the project reaches out to the recipient with regard to, for example, significance, relevance, story, and/or message.

The project involves an interesting conceptual context

The committee assesses, for example, the project’s relation to a specific situation, a specific topic, history/contemporaneity, and so on.

The project reflects on its physical context

The committee assesses, for example, the relation between the project and the platform and/or similar relations, which concern the physical context – for example, institutional framework and/or site-specificity.

The implementation of the project is thought through

The committee assesses the implementation with regard to, for example, media, materials, distinctive character, personal expression, ability, precision, technique, and/or artistic skills.

The project is innovative

Here, the committee assesses, for example, courage, break with expectations, reinterpretation, new perspectives, and/or concepts.

The committee further prioritises presentation of art for children and young adults.

If you have applied for grants from the Danish Arts Foundation within the past three years, this information will be considered in the evaluation of your application.

What the application must contain?

You must submit your application using our digital application form found via the link on this page. We do not accept paper forms.

However, at the bottom of the page, you will find the application form as a PDF. Use this to familiarize yourself with the content and make sure you are ready with all the required information and documents, before filling in the actual application form. The digital application form has a 15-minute session timeout, so you need to fill it in rather quickly.

We recommend you to use the browsers Chrome or Firefox when you fill in the application form.

You must attach the following:

  • ANNEX 1: Project description and budget in the mandatory template. Download the template here.
    • When filling in the project description, you must also state specific goals planned for your project, for example production of new works, digital or printed presentation of contemporary art, or setting up exhibitions of Danish contemporary art abroad. If we ask you to report on your project, we will evaluate whether you have fulfilled the goals and activities stated in your application.
  • ANNEX 2: CV of maximum one page per person, whom funding is being applied for. This may be artists, curators, speakers, writers, promoters, etc. Annex 2 must not exceed 10 pages. For group exhibitions, the organiser of the exhibition must attach a list of artists, who will apply for production funding in connection with the exhibition.
  • ANNEX 3: Images documenting the practice of the exhibiting artists. Minimum 5 images – maximum 5 A4 sheets.
    • Annex 3A - Only for censored exhibitions: Images documenting the latest three exhibitions (maximum 6 A4 sheets)
  • ANNEX 4: Bank information form for applicants with foreign bank accounts (see section “Grant amount and payment”)
  • ANNEX 5: Exhibition agreement (only required for non-institution applicants)

Please note, that all activities and expenses related to the same project, must be submitted as one application.

If you apply for funding for the same project from other Danish Arts Foundation committees, you have to state this in your application.

Please be aware of the following:

  • The total size of the attached files may not exceed 15 MB.
  • We accept the document formats PDF, Word, and Excel. We do not accept ZIP files.
  • You are not able to edit an application once you have submitted it. If your application is incomplete, you must submit a new and complete application before the deadline.
  • The committee will process the most recently submitted application.
  • Your application must include all the required attachments in order to be processed by the committee.
  • You are responsible for ensuring that your application has been filled in correctly and that all required attachments are included. Please check your email receipt for a list of the documents attached to your submitted application.

How much you may apply for?

There is no ceiling as to how much you may apply for. The committee assesses each individual application and makes a decision based on the individual project.
However, to match expectations, previous years' grant sizes can give an idea of the programme’s financial framework:

• 59% of the grants given in 2019 were of less than 25,000 DKK (ca. 3,300 €)
• 82% were less than 45,000 DKK (ca. 6,000 €)
• 96% were less than 75,000 DKK (ca. 10,000 €)

In 2019, the committee received almost 1,500 applications for the programme, of which 50% received grants. In total, approximately € 3,1 M was distributed from the programme - about half of the committee's annual funds.

You can see previously awarded grants on our website (in Danish).


If you are a Danish citizen, organisation, or business and receive a grant, you must have a NemKonto available for the payment transfer. We transfer all grants to the NemKonto linked to the Danish CPR/CVR number you state in the application. If you, for example, apply with a new CVR number, you have to make sure that you have linked it to a NemKonto. You have to do this before a potential grant is awarded.

If you have moved out of Denmark according to the Danish Customs and Tax Administration’s definition, or if you are a foreign applicant, you are able to have a potential grant transferred to a foreign bank account. For applicants with foreign bank accounts, a completed bank information form must be attached, either the form for wire transfers to countries using IBAN or the form for wire transfers to countries NOT using IBAN.

If you receive a grant of:

  • DKK 100,000 or less, we pay the grant as closely as possible to the start date you have stated in your application. You should therefore make sure that the start date you enter matches the date of the first expenses for your project
  • more than DKK 100,000 with a project period longer than six months, we pay the grant in instalments.

We report the grant to the Danish Tax Agency, but tax has not been deducted from the payment.

When do you get an answer?

You will receive the committee’s decision via email within 8 weeks after the application deadline.

Throughout those weeks, the committee will read and process all submitted applications. We will publish all awarded grants on our website (in Danish), once all applicants have received the committee’s decision.

The names of all applicants are made public on our website in the committees’ minutes (in Danish).

Once you have submitted the application

When you have submitted your application, you will receive an email receipt with your application number. Remember to state your application number if you contact us.

In your email receipt, you will also find an overview of the documents attached to your application. It is your responsibility to check that all required documents are submitted, so please check the list to be sure. 

Legal Framework

Decisions are made in accordance with section 3(1), cf. (2) and (3) of the Danish Act on the Danish Arts Foundation’s Activities (Act no. 458 of 8 May 2013).

If you get a grant you must...

When the Danish Arts Foundation awards grants, it is important, and not least legally required, that the money is used for the purpose you have described in your application. Therefore, you must report on your project to the Agency for Culture and Palaces. How you must report depends on the grant amount you have received. Read more about how to report on your project.

Who will evaluate your application?

The Danish Arts Foundation’s Committee for Visual Arts Project Funding processes the applications and makes the final decision concerning the distribution of the committee’s funds.

Application form as PDF?

On this site made all submitted electronically, but many people benefit from print a PDF to orient themselves in the requirements before they reach the completion of the actual application. But remember that you can not complete the form by hand and return it physical or analogy.

Click here to preview the online application form (NB the form cannot be filled in)