ArtsIceland in collaboration with other institutions in the area offers artists and other art professionals a space to live and work for 4-12 weeks in the Westfjords of Iceland. We offer two residencies in the center of Ísafjörður with a private room and a private studio for visual artists, writers, designers, filmmakers, musicians and others who may profit from the environment/spaces offered. Kitchen facilities are shared. During the summer months we also offer three residencies with private rooms and shared studio and facilities in another building at the outskirts of town offering wonderful views of the fjord. Artists pay a moderate fee for the stay in the residency.
Minimum stay: 4 weeks.
Maximum stay: 12 weeks/3 months.
Our week starts on a Monday and finishes on a Sunday.
Director: Elísabet Gunnarsdóttir
Residency co-ordinator: Rannveig Jónsdóttir
Program director for Outvert Art Space: Gunnar Jónsson
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 the domestic airline has regular flights (2 times a day). Car-rentals or car-pooling is another possibility (5 - 6 hour drive of 465KM). Busses run only in the summer time.
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.