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).
Sebastian Makonnen Kjølaas
Chairman of the Board
Andrea Bakketun (board member)
Randi Nygård (board member)
Yamile Caldéron (board member)
Germain Ngoma (vara)
Mor Efrony (vara)
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.
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).