Call for Applications

Deadline Sept 1, 2016.

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 program is best suited for visual artists, but artists with interdisciplinary practices are also welcome to apply.

The Skaftfell residencies are self-directed and can be used for research and/or for production of work. Artists-in-residence have the opportunity to propose an exhibition in Skaftfell’s project space, and they are welcome to participate in the Skaftfell educational program, including artist talks, open studios, workshops for the local community and for primary school children.

The duration of a residency at Skaftfell can be chosen by the applicant – the minimum length of stay is 1 month, and the maximum is 6 months. Applications for a residency period of 2 months or longer are given preference.

Application process

The call for applications for the Skaftfell Residency Program 2017 is open from the beginning of June until 1st September 2016. Applications arriving after the deadline unfortunately cannot be considered.

Please submit your application via the online application form.

The call for applications is now closed.


Applications must contain the following documents in pdf format:

  • Portfolio of 5-10 images with short descriptions of your recent work (please add title, year, size, material and mention if 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 Skaftfell, and applicants will be informed of the outcome by the end of November.

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.

Residency types

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 flat with a number of private or shared bedrooms.

The residency apartments are located in three separate houses in the town of Seyðisfjörður, all within a short walking distance to Skaftfell’s main building and to each other. All residency apartments/houses have two bedrooms, a bathroom with shower, a fully equipped kitchen, a living room area with studio/workspace, worktables, washing machine, and WiFi.

Private Residency

Accommodation in private house or apartment with studio/living space. Overnight guests and family members welcome.

Duration of residency: 1-6 months

Price per month 90.000 ISK (Mar-Oct) / 80.000 ISK (Nov-Feb)

Shared Residency

Accommodation in single private room with shared studio/living space, kitchen and bathroom. This type of residency does not have the capacity to accommodate family members/partners and overnight guests.

Duration of residency: 1-6 months

Price per month 65.000 ISK

Group Residency

Accommodation suited for groups of 3-5 persons in a private house or apartment with a number of single and shared bedrooms, and shared kitchen, bathroom, and studio space.

Duration of residency: 1-6 months

Price per month for the group 120.000 ISK


KKN-logoApplicants based in the Nordic and Baltic countries (Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia) are eligible to apply for a two month residency grant through Skaftfell with support from the Nordic Culture Point, Nordic-Baltic Mobility programme. For more information click here.

For further information contact: [email protected]