Visual Arts
Icelandic, English, German
1-6 months
Paid by host 

Skaftfell offers one grant per year courtesy of Goethe Institut Dänemark.

Paid by artist 
  • Private residency: Price per month 105.000 ISK with studio; 90.000 ISK without studio (research residency).
  • Shared residency: Price per month/per person 75.000 ISK with shared studio.
  • Group residency: Price per month for the group from 120,000 ISK, depending on size.

A reservation fee is due following the artist's acceptance of the offer of a residency. This fee reserves the residency place and covers 50% of the total residency fee. It is non-refundable in case of cancellation by the artist.

Application guidelines 

Applications must be submitted via the online application form, with the following attachments as pdf documents:

  • Portfolio of 5-10 images + short descriptions of your recent work (please add title, year, size, material)
  • CV (max. 2 pages)
  • Project description, or a description of your intentions for and expectations of a residency at Skaftfell.
  • Image of an artwork by the applicant for PR purposes (in case of acceptance).

Artists are selected by a panel of arts professionals, with panel members varying from year to year. The selection of artists is based on artistic quality and innovation, special research interests in the region, and the ability to work independently and professionally within the program.


Skaftfell Center for Visual Art

Skaftfell Center for Visual Art


Skaftfell, based in Seyðisfjörður, East Iceland, is a visual art center with the essential role of presenting, discoursing and encouraging the development of contemporary art in a rural area. It is a meeting point for artists and locals, and its regular activities include exhibitions and events, the international residency program, and an educational program for schools. Skaftfell is also the guardian of a minuscule house previously owned by the local naive artist Ásgeir Emilsson (1931-1999). In March 2013 Skaftfell received an Icelandic award, Eyrarrósin, for outstanding cultural leadership in a rural area.

The residency program at Skaftfell Center for Visual Art aims to create and nurture an environment for inspiration, discourse, 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 artistic research into art, life, nordic culture, and ecology. Skaftfell aims to gradually make all its operations environmentally sustainable, and to promote sustainability within its action radius in the region. The town of Seyðisfjörður is powered by renewable energy, its drinking water comes from the surrounding mountains and the inhabitants are working towards making it a plastic-free town.
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 which the artists-in-residence can participate in: 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.

Accommodation Information 

Applicants have the possibility to choose between a Private Residency (sole use of the apartment) or a Shared Residency (private bedroom, sharing studio/kitchen/bathroom with one 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.

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.

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.

Studio Information 

The studio residencies have combined living and studio areas and are equipped with several working tables, lamps, internet etc. The research residency is located in a smaller house which provides desk space for computer-based work, writing, thinking. Artists-in-residence can also apply for working time in Skaftfell's multi-functional project space.

Austurvegur 42
710 Seyðisfjörður
+354 4721632

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