Deadline: 01/04/2019

Ark Project International Artist Residency

Ark Project International hosted by NES Iceland.

The Ark Project is pleased to offer 1 artist the opportunity to work and collaborate during the annual Summer (July) 2019 artist residency program. The idea is to enable artists to collaborate and work towards a common goal. The end-product or completion of projects is not required, however, works completed and in progress may be documented and available for inclusion in future exhibition programming. Field trips, studio visits, and exhibition opportunities will allow access to the global art market. 

The Vision
The Ark Project is an annual international artist residency program realized in 2015 with a focus on creation, presentation, and documentation of contemporary art that engages discovery, transformation and innovation. The Ark Project encourages the exploration of non-representational art through multimedia, conceptual, ecological, and interdisciplinary approaches. The vision for the Ark Project is centered around the co-creation process with intention to break open one's artistic practice to a new level and create new work that the artist may not otherwise create outside the residency. Each year one artist is invited into the collective for an evolving curatorial project.

The Location
Each year the Ark Project travels from city to city across the globe.
This year the Ark Project will be hosted by NES located in Skagaströnd, Iceland! 

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, NES aims 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. 


Duration of residency
2 weeks | July 12th to July 26th, 2019

The Project is open to both national and international artists. Artists are selected according to performance, experience and artistic background. Eligible artists must have a BFA, MFA or equivalent in independent studio work. Artists working in the visual arts and new media will be considered.

The Project intends to enable artists to access the international art market and provide an opportunity to make promising contacts for future projects. We encourage residents to purchase and or bring their own tools/materials for proposed projects.

Studio/ workspace
1-4 artists will work together in a project phase over a period of 2 weeks, utilizing one large studio (92m²) (1,000sq feet) with high ceilings.

Fees and support
The 2-week residency is provided free of charge minus travel expenses.  

The following is included:

  • Use of the studio
  • Use of the facility and internet
  • Museum and Gallery tours
  • Creative Forum
  • Collaboration
  • Documentation

Ark Project International Artist Residency

Ark Project International Artist Residency


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