Fritt Ord Foundation grants awarded to 10 seasoned critics
The Fritt Ord Foundation has now awarded the first 10 grants for critics in the amount of NOK 200 000 each. "We received no fewer than 58 applications, far more than we had expected. Many of the applicants are extremely well qualified", reports Georg Fr. Rieber-Mohn, Chair of the Fritt Ord Foundation Board.
The 10 critics to be awarded a one-year grant are: Therese Bjørneboe, Oslo (dramatic art), Gustav Svihus Borgersen, Trondheim (pictorial art), Gaute Brochmann, Kabelvåg/Oslo (architecture), Ulrik Eriksen, Oslo (film), Marius Emanuelsen, Oslo (music and popular culture), Anki Gerhardsen, Bodø (dramatic art and pictorial art), Kaja Schjerven Mollerin, Oslo (fiction), Gro Jørstad Nilsen, Bergen (non-fiction and textbooks), Silje Marie Stavrum Norevik, Bergen (fiction) and Erle Marie Sørheim, Berlin/Skjetten (fiction and comic strips).
"We aspire to stimulate and invigorate criticism as an inextricable part of Norwegian journalism," comments the Fritt Ord Foundation's Executive Director Knut Olav Åmås.
Strong pressure is being exerted on the media's reviews of art and culture. Parallel to the high level of cultural creation and cultural interest in Norway, we have noted that criticism is stagnating or being cut back.