Deadline: 15/06/2018

Open call for Skammdegi AiR and Skammdegi Festival ´17

10 weeks immersing art residency in north Iceland winter.

We are looking for creative practitioners who like to take the challenge of living with and respond to the dark, cold winter in north Iceland through any art forms and no limited to painting, music, dance, theater, etc. Selected artists will have the opportunity to be secluded, surrounded by mountains and snow, and work in a quiet, creative space for 10 weeks. This residency provides an excellent collaborative environment of artists that encourages community engagement in a variety of ways.

Skammdegi Festival will be held from 15-18 February 2019 for the final presentation of the challenge.

About Skammdegi
Skammdegi in Icelandic means the Dark Winter, a condition that is a yearly right of passage in this part of the world. At it’s darkest on December 21, the mysterious local daylight is present for less than 4 hours, the rest is night. Surrounded by mountains on three sides and looking directly at the Northern Atlantic on the other, Olafsfjordur in North Iceland is the uniquely beautiful location of Listhús. During the months of December and January, the sun never rises higher than the surrounding mountains. The land is covered by a mysterious light reflected from the snow-covered mountains. The atmosphere creates a special environmental and emotional challenge. Local people eager to raise their spirits in the long night light up their houses with colourful lights and celebrate the distinctive Icelandic Christmas traditions till January 6th. As the winter progresses, the sun gradually climbs the mountains until the first ray of sunshine glows on the highest local peak on January 21. By the end of the month the sunshine will once again reach the town itself.

Having recently completed its forth running, Skammdegi Festival has formed a distinct character. Our principal aim of is providing a hospitable environment and a rare atmosphere for artists doing experiments that they cannot implement elsewhere. While the location is remote and doesn’t have the resources present in a larger city, our artists feel the freedom of creation. The residency duration is long enough for artists to explore a new place, establish a new idea and achieve its implementation.

The fee for 10 weeks:

  • 900 euro (a single bedroom without extra studio, but a desk in the bedroom)
  • 1,100 euro (a single bedroom with working studio 5-7 sqm. shared or private)
  • 1,100 euro (a double bedroom without extra studio, but a desk in the bedroom)
  • 1,500 euro (a double room with studio 15-20 sqm.)
  • 2,000 euro (2-bedroom Apartment, for maximum 2 couples, no extra working space provided)

Other cost and fee:

  • Deposit 10,000kr for cleaning should be paid on arrival. It is refundable when the apartment is checked in the same condition as it was.
  • Living expenses, travel cost, materials & tools and insurance must be covered by participants.

Accommodation and facilities

  1. Listhus 10 & Listhus 12 
  2. studio facilities
  • All accommodations are with kitchen and washing machine.
  • Bed linen, towel(s) and toilet paper are provided.

 Special working space & other service:

  • Music studio, dance and drama practice studio can be arranged. The cost is under negotiation.
  • Pick up service from Akureyri airport to Olafsfjordur can be arranged as well.

Payment term & Cancellation policy:

  • The first payment as the deposit should be paid 50% of total residency fee by early September for completing the registration. It is non-refundable.
  • Other half should be settled before arrival (before 13 December 2018).
  • Cancellation/redrawn the application must be done before September 2018.
  • The cancellation notice made less than 1 month before arrival, the artist still need to pay the rest of residency fee, unless it is caused by serious illness, death, and death of direct relative.

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Open call for Skammdegi AiR and Skammdegi Festival ´17

Open call for Skammdegi AiR and Skammdegi Festival ´17


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