ArtsIceland in collaboration with Outvert Art Space offers artists and other art professionals a space to live and work for two to twelve weeks in the Westfjords of Iceland. We offer two residencies with a private room and a private studio for visual artists, writers, designers, filmmakers, musicians and others who may profit from the environment/spaces on offer. Kitchen facilities are shared. We also offer three residencies with a private room and shared studio space in a separate house. Bathroom and kitchen facilities are shared. Artists pay a moderate fee for their stay at the residency.
Residency period: June 1st 2017 - December 31 2018
Minimum stay: 2 weeks.
Maximum stay: 12 weeks/3 months.
Our week starts on a Monday and finishes on a Sunday.
Director: Elísabet Gunnarsdóttir
Residency co-ordinator: Anna Sigríður Ólafsdóttir
Program director for Outvert Art Space: Gunnar Jónsson
Event manager: Lísbet Harðar Ólafardóttir
Location: Aðalstræti 22, 400 Ísafjörður, Iceland.
Ísafjörður is a small town with a rich history. It is the capital of the Westfjords, an area with a declining population of 7000. The residency is situated in the center of town, with food stores, bistros, bakeries, library, swimming pool and bus stops all within a walking distance. The Westfjords are mountainous with many fjords, a few small villages and farms and easily accessible wild nature. To get to Ísafjörður from Reykjavík there are buses 2-6 days a week and the domestic airline has regular flights (1-3 times a day). Car-rentals or car-pooling is another possibility (5 - 6 hour drive of 465KM).
February 15 2017: Open for applications.
March 16 2017: Application deadline.
Applications should include the following:
A - Application form completed with all the requested information.
B – Resumé/Curriculum Vitae (pdf-format - max. three A4 pages).
C - 3-5 samples of work (max. five samples, texts, images, sound samples or videos with a brief description (100 words each).
To apply for the program please fill out the application form. Required documents (CV and samples of work) should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Selection process: Applications are reviewed by a panel of professionals and applicants will be notified within 3 weeks of the application deadline.
Agreement: Selected artists will be requested to sign an agreement with ArtsIceland prior to arrival. The agreement states the dates of the residency, detailed information about what is included in the fee (bedding, towels, water, electricity, heating and internet), deposit payment, what kind of assistance can be expected from staff and what is expected of the artist regarding the spaces they have access to and the program (cleaning, artists talks etc.). The residency fee for the first 2-4 weeks is due no later than 2 months prior to arrival. If the agreement and payment dates are not respected the place will be allocated to someone else.
The residency fee includes accommodation and studio space. All other costs are the responsibility of the artist. It is good to budget with a minimum of 70-90 euros per week for food. We are sorry but we do not offer (not yet) scholarships or stipends other than the accommodation and workspace included in the residency fee.
Outvert Art Space: Artists in residence can apply for use of the space for exhibitions or other events. No extra fee will be charged. Outvert Art Space is a non-profit organization and a dynamic, contemporary cultural arts space where varied perspectives and issues are explored through visual arts, music, performance and other forms of media. Outvert Art Space collaborates closely with ArtsIceland programs. ArtsIceland and Outvert Art Space are particularly interested in helping artists and curators achieve projects that have significant cultural impact but would be impossible to realize in a traditional gallery or museum setting.