Deadline: 15/08/2018

Call for Applications – Thematic Residency "Wanderlust" at Skaftfell

Wandering as an aesthetic practice, with artist and photographer Jessica Auer.

Skaftfell’s thematic residencies aim to create platforms for exchange, discussion, and collaboration amongst fellow artists from various disciplines, who share a professional interest in the residency’s topic, both on a practical and a conceptual level, and who wish to deepen their knowledge and expertise. In 2019, we offer two different thematic residencies: Wanderlust and Printing Matter (see separate call for Printing Matter).

Referring to Rebecca Solnit’s book Wanderlust, this residency will bring together artists who wish to consider the notion of wandering as an aesthetic practice. Linking the activities of walking, thinking and art-making,the aim of the workshop will be to explore how art can convey one’s experience of place. The roads, paths, and valleys of Seydisfjördur will provide participants with the arena to move and think about notions of space, time, memory and the subjectivity of human perception. With each passing day, the artists will reflect upon their own engagement with this foreign and remote environment as it becomes more familiar, and consider the nature of their interactions as artists-in-residence within the Icelandic landscape.

Through a number of group walks and hikes around the mountains and valleys of Seyðisfjörður, conversations, workshops, and fieldwork, the participants will develop their sensitivities to place, and share their responses through artistic expression. Artists will need to bring a good pair of hiking boots, waterproof clothing, a backpack for day hikes, and basic art materials and equipment relevant to their own practices. Please note that a good level of physical fitness, and a certain resilience to wind and rain are essential for participating in the “Wanderlust” residency.

The residency will be guided by Jessica Auer, visual artist and photography professor from Montreal, Canada. Following two residencies with Skaftfell Center for Visual Art, she relocated to Seydisfjördur to co-direct Ströndin Studio, an educational and experimental centre for photography. Her work is broadly concerned with the study of landscapes as cultural sites, focusing on themes that connect history, place, journey and cultural experience.

Dates: June 4–25, 2019.

Accommodation and working spaces
Artists-in-residence for “Wanderlust” stay in four historical houses throughout the town, all within short walking distance to Skaftfell and to each other. The houses are set up as shared self-catering accommodation, each including private bedrooms, a combined living and working space, shared bathroom and kitchen, working tables, washing machine, and WiFi. Shared working spaces with individual working desks for all participants will be set up at Ströndin Studio, which is located at the edge of town and can be reached in a 10-15 min walk.

Costs for the artist
Residency fee, travel costs, and meals will be paid by the artist. The residency fee is 160,000 ISK. It includes full tuition, shared self-catering accommodation, access to shared working spaces and basic equipment, access to WiFi, and general and PR support from Skaftfell staff.

Please submit your application using the thematic residency application form. More information here. Required attachments (pdf): 

  • Portfolio of 5-10 images, showing a selection of previous projects/works that are relevant to your interest in the thematic residency;
  • CV.

Call for Applications – Thematic Residency "Wanderlust" at Skaftfell

Call for Applications – Thematic Residency "Wanderlust" at Skaftfell


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