Nes Artist Residency

General information

Brief description of organisation

Nes artist residency is an international mixed media / inter-disciplinary residency located in Skagaströnd,Iceland; a small fishing village in the Northern region of Iceland.

In 2008, Nes was established and opened by the local townspeople of Skagaströnd with Reykjavik artist Hrafnhildur Sigurðardóttir.

Nes is a member of the Baltic - Nordic Network of Remote Artist Residencies along with 7 other artist residency organisations.

Skagaströnd has traditionally been a trading and fishing town and therefore not surprising that the residency’s studios are located in a former fishing plant.

Nes artist residency seeks to promote an atmosphere of creativity, experimentation, by providing a working environment that supports the artistic process and the facilities for artists to work and interact.

We know that the natural setting; the harbour, northern lights, midnight summer sun, volcanoes, glaciers, mountains and surrounding nature inspires, and enhances the creativity of the artists who come to Nes. We endorse all this by providing artists with an uninterrupted time for work and exploration.

Organisation founded in


Brief description of residency program

Nes Artist Residency aims to develop cross-pollination of ideas and welcomes visual artists, dancers, musicians, designers, researchers, writers, and professional creatives of all disciplines to Skagaströnd for residencies lasting 2 to six months. We understand that the role of the artist residency is to foster career and artistic development in order to create articulated, well considered, and significant work; 1 month is rarely adequate and we have a minimum commitment to your work of 2 months (artists often ask to stay longer, though we cannot always facilitate this).

The main goal of the residency is to provide an opportunity for development of contemporary arts through international exchange, studio practice, discussion, artistic cross-pollination, and to create an open possibility for collaboration or new networks. Nes is a process based residency, with no mandates for production or exhibitions although we do encourage artists to present work if they like. Nes does not acquire artwork from residents.

Nes encourages artists to experiment, and push themselves into new territory enabling failure or success in order to gain new ground outside of their usual artistic context.

This is a residency where professional artists in all media are welcome, we like to create a diverse and creative dynamic for creative professionals working in various disciplines. If given enough advance notice we have the capacity to take large art education/university groups of up to 17

An additional focus is on engagement with the community. Skagaströnd is more rewarding when you come with open eyes and participate in town events. We also encourage artists to present work, ideas, or process based documentation in our Open Studio days that are held at the end of each month.

The residency has communal studio spaces for a total of eleven artists each month, writers may be able to use a beautiful library space in the town operated by the University of Iceland. We also have available a private studio space for dancers and musicians.

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Residency program since


Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
  • Educational Programmes
  • New Media
  • Animation
  • Printmaking
  • Curatorial
  • Administrative
  • Film Making
  • Architecture
Type of organisation
  • Artist-Run
  • Independent Association/Foundation

Residency conditions

Duration of residencies
  • between 1 and 3 months
Number of artists resident at one time

between 11 and 16

Companions allowed
  • Children
  • Partners
Grants available

See our website for information about available grants, funded programs, calls for sponsored/curated artists, or upcoming programs By signing up to our newsletter you will receive notices of our funded residencies, news, or opportunities for artists in Iceland or Europe.

Expenses paid by artist
  • Travel
  • Housing
  • Supplies
  • Food
Expectations of the artist
  • Presentation
  • Cleaning

Artists are expected to work independently and on self sufficient projects, the residency has limited staff support and all documentation and construction of the work is the responsibility of the artist. Artists are expected to abide by the house rules, and maintain a clean and positive environment for their fellow artists.

Application who/how

Digital Application

Selection procedure

By Committee

Presentation of artists' work

Arranged on a case-by-case basis

Description of residency


Ruralsmall fishing village

  • Internet Connection
  • Library
  • Office
  • Kitchen
  • Computer
  • Ceramics Facilities
  • Woodworking Tools
  • Dance / Performance Practice Space
Number of studios

between 11 and 16

Type and size of studios

Shared Studio

  • Private Room
  • Shared Apartment
Working language(s)
  • English
Other activities happening at the space
  • Workshops
  • Presentation
  • Films
  • Nes will sometimes run a mentorship program between resident artists and art students in the village.

How to reach

By train

There are no trains in Iceland.

Please, note that arriving at Nes is only possible during the day time and on weekdays for artists. For those of you who arrive by bus you will have to catch the 9am bus in Reykjavik (this is usually not possible when arriving into Iceland the morning of the same day).

GETTING HERE (by bus):
Buses leave Reykjavik everyday at 09:00am ARRIVING about 13:30 in Skagaströnd Look for schedule #57.

PLEASE CALL STRAETO BUSES: (+354) 540 2700 TO BOOK YOUR SHUTTLE BUS CONNECTION FROM BLÖNDUÓS TO SKAGASTRÖND preferably the day before or the morning before leaving Reykjavík.

Five golden steps:
1- call Stræto on (+354) 540 2700 to book the bus connection from Blönduós to Skagaströnd You can also ask them questions if you need, they speak English.

2 - catch a cab to Mjödd station no later than 08:15am from downtown (25 min cab ride & about 3000ISK from downtown/BSÍ - taxis take card payment) OR catch a city bus from downtown at Hlemmur station (much cheaper - carry coins).

3- get on bus 57 to Akureyri (far side of road, diagonally opposite from info centre)

4 - transfer to the shuttle car at Blönduós (after 4 hours drive) to the little van/car with the "S" in the front windscreen.

5 - show your bus receipt/ticket to the shuttle car driver along with your street address (which we will email you).

By plane

There are two main airlines that fly to Iceland, Icelandair and WOW, and they both land in Keflavík International airport.

Alternately, if you are flying from Scandinavia, you may have airlines that fly into Akureyri, during the summer months which is closer to Skagaströnd, only a 2 hour drive/bus.

Over summer there may be other airlines like EasyJet, Ryan Air or others.

By car

1. Most of the car rentals allow you to pick up the car at Keflavík airport. To drive to Skagaströnd from Keflavík you first take road 41 to Reykjavík and then follow the signs to road 1 (the ring road) in direction Akureyri.

2. When you are on road 1 you drive until you come to Blönduós (about 250 km from Reykjavík). Just after you come through Blönduós you make a left turn to road 74 and 23 km later you are in Skagaströnd.

3. The drive from Keflavík to Skagaströnd is approximately 4 hours

Nearest airport

Keflavík or Akureyri

Link to Google Maps

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Contact information

Nes Artist Residency
Fjörubraut 8
545 Skagaströnd

Phone: +354 6169404

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