Funded residency for Nordic and Baltic artists

THIS CALL IS NOW CLOSED

This fully funded residency, made possible by the Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme for Culture, will support one artist and one artist duo to participate in the residency program for three months and contribute to Skaftfell’s educational and exhibition programme.

This open call is available for artists from Denmark, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, Greenland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Sweden, and Åland. Artists already based in Iceland are not eligible, as the program intends to foster the mobility of artists between the Nordic and Baltic countries.

Artist fee for contribution to educational programme or exhibition 400.000 ISK (2.666 euro)
Artist’s material budget 200.000 ISK (1.333 euro)
Per diem total for 3 months: 450.000 ISK (3.000 euro)
Additionally the grant covers travel expenses and residency fee.

The duration of the residency is 3 months, from 3. August 2025 – 25. October 2025. Selected artists must be able to commit to the full length of the residency period.

ABOUT THE RESIDENCY PROGRAM

Skaftfell Art Center offers an international self-directed artist-in-residence program in Seyðisfjörður, a small village located in the East Fjords of Iceland. The residency program’s remote setting provides artists the opportunity to work in relative seclusion in a place that is also home to an international community of working artists. The residency offers space for contemplation, productivity, and collaboration and is ideal for artistic research and experimentation.

Living arrangements range from single residency facilities for living and working, to spaces that can be shared by artists working in pairs or groups whether they are working on a collaborative project or parallel projects.

The residency community is characterised by its context within Iceland’s subarctic climate. Winter brings snowstorms and darkness; the summer months, when the weather is mild the town transform from a quiet village of several hundred residents to a tourist destination. Seyðisfjörður is at once secluded and connected; it harbours the only ferry connection to mainland Europe but the town’s only connection to the nearest town and the ring road is a mountain pass that is often inaccessible in winter. This creates a particular duality isolation and connectedness. 

For whom: Artists working in all media.

Accommodation and work space: The artists will stay in two buildings in town within walking distance from the Skaftfell Art Center. Each house offers private rooms and facilities for cooking and shared living and working spaces. Each accommodating 1-3 artists at a time. One of the apartments are respectively situated above the newly established collaborative fine art print workshop Prentverk Seyðisfjörður and on the third floor of the Skaftfell building, above the gallery.

In addition to the living facilities, the residency also offers artists to work in the fine art printmaking workshop which Skaftfell is a part of. The workshop offers professional printmaking facilities with space and equipment for, intaglio (linocut, woodcut, etching), letter-press and various hand printing techniques.
Artist also have the possibility to work in the net factory, a collective studio space hosting the LungA School studio’s as well as a few local artists.

HOW TO APPLY

Please submit your application with the required attachments, using our online application form (click on the link below). The application deadline is July 7th, 2024.

Required attachments to the online form:

  • CV/bio
  • Project proposal (max 1 page)
  • Examples of work

Selection: The applications will be reviewed by a panel of two art professionals as well as Skaftfell’s director and residency manager.
Criteria: the artistic quality of the applicant’s proposal; local relevance and potential synergy; the practical feasibility of the working proposal; evidence of the applicant’s ability to work independently on a professional level. To ensure non-discrimination and equality in our residency selections, we emphasise inclusion based on race, gender, and identity.

Select applicants will be notified in August 2024.

We look forward to your proposals!

For any questions please contact [email protected]

 

Prentverk Seyðisfjörður, collaborative fine art printmaking studio
Residency apartment above the Skaftfell gallery
Residency apartment above the Skaftfell gallery
Residency apartment above the Skaftfell gallery
Residency apartment above the Skaftfell gallery

 

Residency apartment above the Skaftfell gallery
Residency apartment above the fine art collaborative printmaking studio Prentverk Seyðisfjörður
Residency apartment above the fine art collaborative printmaking studio Prentverk Seyðisfjörður
Residency apartment above the fine art collaborative printmaking studio Prentverk Seyðisfjörður
Views from the residency apartment above the fine art collaborative printmaking studio Prentverk Seyðisfjörður
Prentverk Seyðisfjörður
Öldugata, housing Prentverk Seyðisfjörður and a residency apartment

 

Skaftfell building, where you find the gallery, residency apartment, office and Skaftfell bistro