Støttet av Norsk Kulturråd og Kulturetaten. Åpningstider: Ons - søndag 12 - 16. ​Rådhusgata 19, ​Anatomigården 0158, Oslo

About BO

BO (The Association of Visual Artists Oslo) is a union committed to promote and enhance the intellectual, social, legislative and economic interests of professional visual artists in Oslo. With 282 professional visual artists as members, BO is the largest district organisation under NBK, The Association of Norwegian Visual Artists.

Bo was formally a part of BOA, an organisation which was splitt into two organisations in 2022 — BO (The Association of Visual Artists Oslo) and BKA (The Association of Visual Artist Akershus).

The Board

Sebastian Makonnen Kjølaas
Chairman of the Board

Randi Nygård (board member)
Marianne Heier (board member)
Yamile Caldéron (board member)

Mor Efrony (vara)
Stan d’Haene (vara)

Annual Meeting

BO’s first Annual Meeting
March 2nd 2023
18:00 to 21:00

The annual meeting will take place at BO’s premises in Rådhusgata 19.


BO is tasked with appointing a number of important positions in different organisations. We are one of several members of other associations such as Oslo Open and Østlandsutstilling, and we support these initiatives by participating in board meetings.

BO helps to ensure that the artists’ expertise is used in Oslo municipality by BOs annual meeting appointing positions to three committees. We appoint a representative with a deputy to RSU, the regional cooperation committee in Oslo. This committee appoints art consultants. The art consultants lead the work of the committees that find artists for art in public space.

BO’s annual meeting also appoints representatives to two committees that distribute studios, one for municipal studios and one for the City Hall studios. BOs expertise thus constitutes a resource for the City of Oslo by finding competent artistic candidates, and ensures a healthy, democratic breadth in the decisions.


Hearings and input

Current issues

BOA was in March 2022 formally splitt into two organisations — BO (The Association of Visual Artists Oslo) and BKA (The Association of Visual Artist Akershus).


  • BO is pushing for more municipal studios, and is taking care of the artists’ interests in urban and regional development.
  • BO ensures that the artists’ distinctive competence is used by nominating for a position on municipal committees. These committees help to allocate municipal studios, and the purchase of art and art in public spaces.
  • BO appoints candidates for the board of Oslo Open and Østlandsutstilling,  jury members for regional project funds (via NBK), and jury members for Østlandsutstilling.

Opening hours
Ons – søndag
12 – 16

​Rådhusgata 19 ​
Anatomigården 0158


BO is supported by Arts and Culture Norway and Oslo Municipality.

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