Below you will find information about the Spring Exhibition and how to apply. We recommend that you read the official guidelines before you begin your application. Do please note that the description and information may change annually.
The Spring Exhibition was established in 1976 by approval of the Norwegian Association of Fine Arts Photographers’ (FFF - Forbundet Frie Fotografer) annual general assembly. As an opposition to The Autumn Exhibition, the official Salon tradition in Norway, the Spring Exhibition was to be organized by FFF to ensure the inclusion and exposure of lens-based art practices in the contemporary art field. It is an annual group exhibition based on open submissions selected by a jury of fellow professionals.
The Spring Exhibition announces its open call annually in the beginning of October. Deadline for applications 2022 is November 1st 2021 at 1PM.
The 41st edition of the Spring Exhibition will be shown at Fotogalleriet. Dates TBA.
Participating artists are chosen through an open call process. All artists actively working in Norway can apply. The jury encourages a variety of media and formats, but submitted works should have relevance to photography and the camera based art field. All techniques and materials are welcome. The designated work/works in the application should be completed and finalized within December of the current application year. There are no requirements for an FFF-membership to apply for the Spring Exhibition.
The judging process is based on digital applications with information and image materials about your chosen project/projects. After the application deadline, the jury will meet at FFF. Applicants can expect to receive a reply for their submissions in the beginning of December.
Since 2010, The Relief Fund for Visual Artists (BKH - Bildende Kunstneres Hjelpefond) have annually announced and awarded the Art Photography Prize, Norway’s largest art photography prize, to the most significant artist displayed at the exhibition. The winner is chosen by a separate jury consisting of the chair of the Spring Exhibition, an artist representative from FFF and a representative from The Norwegian Critics Association (Norske Kritikerlaget).
Participating artists receive fees according to state rates and also a small artist honorarium. FFF do not cover costs for artists' production (including installations/temporary works), but do however try to cover the costs for transport after the exhibition period has ended. All payment of fees are transferred after the exhibition period has ended.
Before submitting applications, please read the official guidelines here.
All applications must be submitted through the shared application portal for FFF and the Norwegian Photographic Fund. You can find the portal here.
For general enquiries or questions regarding the submissions process for the Spring Exhibition, please contact FFF: firstname.lastname@example.org.