Deadline: 18/11/2018

Last Minute Open Call - Iceland Winter Residency

Are you looking for a remote residency located in a unique, stunning, Iceland environment?

We have a 3-4 placements available - from December 2017 to March 2018.  

A residency during the colder months is a great way to experience Iceland in all its winter glory. There is significant and underestimated beauty in the north at this time of the year. The winter months in Iceland are very conducive to creativity and focussed work. The extended time indoors nurtures the development of collaboration and deep friendships between resident artists.  Whilst the days are short the light is beautiful and forever changing.  The northern lights dance regularly across the sky at this time of the year and are a common site in our little north Iceland town of Skagaströnd.    Yes it is cold outdoors and yes we have blizzards and mega snow at times but the studio and houses are all geothermally heated and very cosy for working well into the night.  

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.  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

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 one 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 one double room for two persons, two beds and private dance studio.
  • 1,300 EUR for one double room for two persons, two beds,  two studio spaces in the 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 :  We will assess applications as they come in.

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

Last Minute Open Call - Iceland Winter Residency

Last Minute Open Call - Iceland Winter Residency


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