In 2019, Skaftfell is able to offer two 2-month residency grants for Nordic and Baltic artists, courtesy of the Nordic Baltic Mobility Programme.
Residency fee, travel costs, project expenses, and meals will be paid by the artist. The residency fee covers self-catering accommodation with combined living/working space, as well as general and PR support from Skaftfell staff. The fee varies according to the chosen type of residency:
Grant applications: The online application form includes an optional section for the grant application. Please check first if you are eligible for the available grant.
The residency program at Skaftfell aims to create 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; and to provide conditions that stimulate the dialogue between art and life. 250 artists have come to Seyðisfjörður and to East Iceland through the Skaftfell residency program over the past 20 years. Some have left a physical trace behind, or a trace in someone’s memory. Some have returned many times, and some have stayed for good. Skaftfell is far away from the busy capitals of contemporary art, and it offers a refuge for artists, a hiding place, and a thinking space. They encourage artists to embrace the idea of a slow residency, and to allow themselves time for contemplation, preparing the ground for a shift in their practices.
Skaftfell offers two types of artist residency: Self-directed Residencies and Thematic Residencies:
The self-directed residency program hosts up to 6 artists simultaneously during the winter, spring, and autumn months. Artists-in-residence have the opportunity to give an artist talk or a workshop, to participate in Skaftfell’s education program for school children if suited, and to present their work in an open studio if they wish. The Skaftfell staff can support the artists’ individual working processes by offering general and project specific advice in weekly meetings and studio visits, by giving networking support, and lending tools and equipment, within capacity.
Artists-in-residence live and work in various historical houses throughout the town, all within short walking distance to Skaftfell and to each other. The houses are set up as private or shared self-catering accommodation.
The residency houses contain a combined living and working space (15-25 m2). Additional working space can be arranged on an indvidual basis, within capacity.
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