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Program outline

The 2018 AiR program is open for application from June – September 15, 2017.

The residency program at Skaftfell Center for Visual Art aims to create and nurture an environment for inspiration, focus, and experiment; to encourage artists to experience life and work in a unique micro community where creativity is applied to the everyday; to foster a sense of community between artists and the public in the rural setting of East Iceland; and to provide conditions that stimulate the dialogue between art and life.

The Skaftfell residencies are self-directed and provide, space, time and solitude for research and/or for the production of work. The program is best suited for visual artists but artists with interdisciplinary practices and curators are also welcome to apply.

Opportunities the artists-in-residence can participate in include: artist talks, open studios, workshops for the local community and for primary school children and the Skaftfell educational program. Longer-term artists-in-residence may also propose an exhibition in Seyðisfjörður in conclusion to their stay.

The applicant may choose the duration of a residency at Skaftfell between 1-6 months in a private or shared residency. Applications for a residency period of 2 months or longer are given preference.

What we offer

Skaftfell Art Center provides a platform for artistic discourse, research, and experiment.The Center’s operations aim to focus on environmental sustainability in influenced by its locale.

The town is powered by renewable energy, the drinking water comes from the mountains and the people of Seyðisfjörður are working towards making it a plastic-free town.

The residencies are located in various old, refurbished houses each with a historic significance to the town and they are equipped with domestic eco-products, bicycles and Icelandic phones. The Skaftfell staff can also arrange to order seasonal local produce including fish, vegetables and eggs where available.

A residency at Skaftfell will provide you with access to basic tools, including projection equipment, paper, amplifiers and workshop tools. There is also a recycling yard in town for artists working with found objects and materials. Access to a multi-functional workspace facility can be arranged upon arrival.

Support and assistance can be provided by Skaftfell staff on weekdays where they will keep you up to date with events in town, provide dialogue and advice where required and facilitate and assist on projects wherever possible.

Residency type

Applicants have the possibility to choose between a Private Residency (sole use of the apartment) and a Shared Residency (private bedroom, sharing studio/kitchen/bathroom with 1 other artist). Group Residency applications are welcome and will be accommodated according to the size of group (up to 5) in a private house or apartment with a number of private or shared bedrooms. For more information about the residencies: http://skaftfell.is/residency-program/residency-type/?lang=en

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In 2018 Skaftfell only offers one grant for a German artist, courtesy of Goethe-Institut Dänemark. German artists are eligible to apply for a two month residency in 2018 including a travel grant, per diem and some material budget.

Application process

The call for applications for the Skaftfell Residency Program 2018 is open until the September 15, 2017. Applications submitted after the deadline unfortunately cannot be considered.


Residency application form

Please note that artists applying for the Goethe-Institut residency grant need to fill out a separate application.

Goethe-Institut residency grant application form

Applications must contain the following documents in pdf format:

  • A portfolio of 5-10 images with short descriptions of your recent work (please add title, year, size, material and mention if it was a group work)
  • CV, max. 2 pages
  • Project description, or a description of your intentions for and expectations of a residency at Skaftfell.
  • Only complete applications including the required documents will be reviewed.

The applications will be evaluated by a panel of arts professionals appointed by the Skaftfell. Applicants will be informed of the outcome by the end of October 2017.

Evaluation criteria:

  • artistic quality and innovation of the applicant’s practice,
  • the applicant’s ability to work independently on a professional level,
  • evidence that the applicant is at a critical juncture in his/her development as an artist that will be advanced by the residency,
  • evidence that a specific project or practice is especially relevant for a residency at Skaftfell.

Upon acceptance, the full residency fee is required in advance to reserve the residency slot. The reservation fee is non refundable.


Residents are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to Seyðisfjörður. Successful applicants will receive a detailed account on how to get here along with the travel options. As part of Skaftfell’s mission to minimize their carbon footprint they have teamed up with Smyril Line, the international ferry leaving from Denmark via Faroe Islands to Seyðisfjörður and can arrange a booking agent and special discount to travel by ferry to the residency. More information on the ferry at www.smyrilline.com.

For further information email: residency@skaftfell.is

Photos: Julia Martin