Visual Arts
Icelandic, English, German
1-4 months
Paid by host 

In 2019, Skaftfell is able to offer two 2-month residency grants for Nordic and Baltic artists, courtesy of the Nordic Baltic Mobility Programme.

Paid by artist 

​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:

  • Private residency: 105,000 ISK per month. Apartment with 2 bedrooms, 25m2 living/working space, for single use by the artist or by 2-3 artistic collaborators. Partners and children are welcome and stay for free.
  • Shared residency: 75,000 ISK per month per person. Private bedroom in a shared house with 2 bedrooms and either 2 separate work spaces (15m2 each) or 1 shared working space (25 m2). Shared with one other artist.
  • Research residency: 90,000 ISK per month. Small house with 1 bedroom and a sleeping loft, combined living/working space (15m2). For single use by the artist. Partners are welcome.
  • Group residency: 120,000 ISK per month per group (max. 4 collaborating artists). Accommodation in 2 shared bedrooms. With shared living/working space (25m2).
Application guidelines 

Please submit your application with required attachments, using the online application forms - Self-directed Residency or Thematic Residency. Required attachments (pdf):

  • Statement of intent for your residency at Skaftfell;
  • Portfolio of 5-10 images, showing previous projects/works that are especially relevant to your proposal/aims for the residency;
  • CV.

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.


Skaftfell Center for Visual Art

Skaftfell Center for Visual Art


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 residencies are for individual artists and artistic collaborators. They offer quiet time and space for independent research, reflection, and experiment. Artists are encouraged to use their stay for in-depth inquiries into their work processes and conceptual interests, to use the magnificent nature of Skaftfell’s surroundings as a source of energy and inspiration, to share thoughts with other residency artists, and to work at the interface of art and life, embedded in a small but vibrant rural community. The program is best suited for visual artists, but artists with interdisciplinary practices are also welcome to apply. 
  • Skaftfell’s thematic residencies aim to create platforms for exchange, discussion, and collaboration amongst fellow artists from various disciplines, who share a professional interest in the residency’s topic, both on a practical and a conceptual level, and who wish to deepen their knowledge and expertise. They are developed and led by experienced professional artists invited by Skaftfell. The thematic residencies offer a 3-week intensive program for 6-8 artists, including group workshops, presentations, individual working time, and professional advice and support according to the residency’s topic and structure.

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.

Accommodation Information 

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.

Studio Information 

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.

Austurvegur 42
710 Seyðisfjörður
+354 4721632

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