Deadline: 31/05/2019

Autumn/Fall Remote Residency - Skagaströnd Iceland

Are you looking for a remote location in a stunning environment to focus fully on your art practice?

Nes is a remote residency located in Skagaströnd north west Iceland on the edge of Húnaflói Bay. The beauty of a residency with Nes, besides the surrounding rugged landscape is that we offer a distraction free environment which is conducive to creativity. The small isolated town with a population of less than 450 has few diversions to interfere with creative pursuits. Artists are able to leave their hectic lives to come and be inspired by the landscape and work uninterruptedly to fully focus on their art. 

Description of residency program
Nes is a process-oriented residency that strives to cultivate an environment where artists can craft their experience as they wish; whether that may be through conceptual development, research, or intervention and experimentation, artists have the utmost freedom while in residence at Nes. The residency’s structure is therefore left open in order to cater to individuality and spontaneity. We work to provide a safe space where all art forms, intellectual and creative pursuits, methods of artistic investigation, and aesthetic inquiry are accepted, nurtured, and celebrated.

As a remote residency located in a unique, stunning, and challenging environment, Nes encourages artists to draw inspiration from place and take advantage of the solitude (and presence), our surrounding environment provides. Nes allows all artists to enter into an immersive space so that the artistic process can develop and thrive. Beyond our studio walls, and aim to provide opportunities for international and artistic exchange. We also encourage and welcome community engagement; Nes has an intimate relationship to the community of Skagaströnd, and places emphasis on collaboration of all kinds.

We encourage artists of all métiers, both emerging and professional, to join us at Nes with a sense of curiosity and drive to connect with this special place as part of a personal experience and artistic development.

Duration of residency
1-3 months

Disciplines, work equipment and assistance
NES is a multidisciplinary residency. We accept applicants from all creative fields and career stages. Additionally, we offer a writer-in-residence program in collaboration with the University of Iceland; likewise, we are able to coordinate access to additional facilities for dancers, composers, musicians, filmmakers and researchers, or anyone who might require additional space to work. 

Our artists in residence are allocated with shared accommodation in one of 3 houses that are in the town of Skagaströnd.  Each artist is provided with a private bedroom and shares the remainder of the house with up to 3 other artists in the Mánabraut houses and up to 8 artists in the Fellsbraut house .  Our houses are fully furnished with all linen and general household facilities supplied.  No house is more than a 10 minute walk to the studio.

Studio/ workspace
NES operates an open plan shared studio, located in the old fish factory. The main area is approximately 16x11metres and is divided into 10-12 spaces. Whilst the open plan studio at Fjörubraut 8 is our main studio area and all artists have 24/7access to this, we can provide some specialist spaces for writers, dancers and sound artists/musicians. 

Fees and support 
Fees are discounted for longer stays, i.e. 1st month 750€, 2nd month 700€, 3rd month 650€. Residency fees include a room in a shared artist house + one studio space:

  • 750 EUR for a single room for one person, one bed, one studio space in  open plan communal studio.
  • 1025 EUR for a double room for two persons, two beds, one studio space in  open plan communal studio.
  • 1050 EUR for a single room for one person and  private dance studio.
  • 1,350 EUR for a double room for two persons, two beds and  private dance studio.
  • 1,300 EUR for a double room for two persons, two beds,  two studio spaces in  open plan communal studio.

Expectations towards the artist
As part of your residency, you are expected to present your work at an artist talk event following your arrival and to show your work at the Open Studios held monthly as a means of continuing a conversation about your work and initiating new dialogues for contemporary art.  Artists are expected to be self directed and fairly autonomous whilst here, however the onsite director is available to answer all queries, offer advice and facilitate introductions to assist you in achieving your goals.

Application information
To submit an application, please fill out the application form found at then send the following supporting documents in an email to :

In ONE PDF document:

  • A copy of your CV
  • Letter of intent (including a project description- 500 word max)
  • Link to webpage/examples of work

Autumn/Fall Remote Residency - Skagaströnd Iceland

Autumn/Fall Remote Residency - Skagaströnd Iceland


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