Exhibition of Danish Art Abroad

Funding for Danish artists' exhibition expenses, e.g. installation, travel, accommodation, and transport of works in connection with the exhibition of Danish contemporary art outside Denmark.

Upcoming deadlines: 2 pm 26 October 2023, January 2024. The pool is open for submitting applications one month before the deadline.

To apply you first need to order a login for the Grant Portal.

IMPORTANT: Grant Portal registration name and address = Bank account name and address = Name and address to be stated in the required Word-template for international bank wire transfers. We can only transfer money to bank accounts registered in the exact same name/address as applicant’s. It is essential for any payout that these three names are identical.

Order login for the Grant Portal here: slks.dk/english/ - when registering, make sure to use the name and address associated with the bank account to which a potential grant should be wired.

The pool is open for submitting applications one month before the deadline. Note that there may be changes in the pool up to this time. We recommend that you prepare the mandatory annexes that must be attached to the application form well in advance. See under "What must the application contain".


    26.10.2023, 2:00 PM

New Grant portal

You may apply to this fund through our Grant portal using a portal login.

Who may apply?

You can apply if you intend to exhibit and/or disseminate contemporary Danish visual art abroad.

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

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?

Artistic quality and professional artistic level
In its assessment of artistic quality and professional artistic level, the Committee for Visual Arts Project Funding places emphasis on whether the applicant describes the project for which support is wanted briefly and precisely using text and images.

The committee's assessment is based on the following three criteria:

  1. Professional coherent whole
    Does the idea and form express coherence?
    The committee prioritises applications that demonstrate competent and thoroughly thought through use of artistic effects, including media, materials, techniques and conceptual content. We find that it is important that the project's content and expression are consistent in the given context.
  2. Necessity
    What will the project communicate? 
    Art is for all of us, but is valuable and relevant for each individual in different ways. The committee wants to promote aesthetic understanding and conversation about art, in all its variety and diversity. Here, we emphasise the applicant's reflection and consciousness regarding the role of art and its importance seen in the light of historical, societal, ethical and environmental considerations.
  3. New perspectives
    Does the project challenge our common reality, and does it evoke new realisations?
    Here, the committee assesses whether the applications present a will and courage to develop artistic expressions and challenge genre-specific conventions in a thought-provoking and experimental manner.

Danish Arts Foundation encourages applicants to integrate green sustainability in their work. If you would like to follow the project's consumption and learn about focus areas, you can find inspiration and tools for working with green sustainability here.

What must the application contain

You must submit your application via our grant portal. We do not receive physical material.
Once you have created your profile on our grant portal, you can enter portal at any time and check that you have included all the required documents and information before submitting the application.

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


    You must fill in the project description and budget in the mandatory template: Download the template for project description and budget here.
    In the template, describe what your goal is for the project for which you are applying for a grant. This can be for example digital or printed dissemination of contemporary art or establishing an exhibition with a Danish artist.  If you have to report for a possible grant, we will look at whether you have met the goals you write in your application.
    Activities and expenses related to the same project must be combined in one application.
    If you are applying for a grant for the same project from other committees under Danish Arts Foundation, you must also write this in the application.
    Guide for filling in budget: 
    • You must enter all amounts in Danish kroner
    • You should only state the amounts you apply for from the Danish Arts Foundation in the current application
    • It is important that you state how your total expense is financed
    • As you must both list the support you have already obtained from elsewhere and the amount you now apply for from Danish Arts Foundation, the committee is aware that the project may look as if it is overfunded.
    • The Committee welcomes co-financing
  • 2: RESUME
    Resume of a maximum of one page per person for which you are applying for funding. It can be artists, curators, presenters, writers, initiators and so on.
    The resumes must not exceed 10 pages in total.
    For group exhibitions, the exhibition organizer must enclose a list of artists who will apply Danish Arts Foundation for production costs 
  • 3: IMAGES
    There must be a total of min. five images corresponding to a maximum of 5 pages. The image material must consist of: images that document the practice (s) of the exhibiting artists. 
    For applicants with foreign bank accounts, a completed bank information form must be attached. Please find the form in the section "HOW MUCH YOU MAY APPLY FOR?".
  • 5: EXHIBITION AGREEMENT - (only required for non-institution applicants)


  • that the attached annexes does not exceed 25 MB in total
  • that attachments can only be received in the formats: PDF, Word and Excel. We do not accept ZIP files
  • that before the deadline expires, you can edit an already submitted application and submit a new version
  • that after the deadline you can not send attachments or edit an application
  • that it is always the most recently submitted application that is processed by the committee
  • that it is always the most recent application you have sent to us that will be assesed by the committee

  • that your application must contain all mandatory appendices in order to be assesed by the committee. Additional material, in addition to that described in the application guide, will not be included in the assessment of your application.
  • that you are responsible for ensuring that the application form is completed correctly and that all the required appendices are attached. Therefore, check your submitted application in the portal to ensure that all documents are included.

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.


You will receive a response to your application no later than eight weeks after the application deadline.
You will receive a notification email when your answer is ready on your profile in the Grant Portal.

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).

When you have submitted your application

Once you have submitted your application, you will receive a screen receipt which you can download if you wish, but you can always see your application and its status in the Grant Portal under "My Applications".

You will not receive an email receipt to confirm that you have submitted an application.

On your case in the Grant Portal, you can also see the appendices you have attached to the application.
It is your own responsibility that the necessary documents have been attached and sent - so remember to look through your application carefully.

You can edit in an application even if you have already submitted it. As long as it is before the deadline! If you edit in a submitted application, you must again make sure that all necessary documents are included. The committee deals exclusively with the most recently submitted application.

If you need to contact a case officer in the secretariat, write via the contact form on your case in the Grant Portal.


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.