Icelandic, English, Norwegian, French
1-3 months
Paid by artist:

Residency fee (including accommodation and studio space with heating, electricity, internet and minimal assistance), travel, material, food and transport.

Application guidelines:

Artists can request the application form by sending an e-mail to [email protected]

Applications should include the following

  • Application form completed with all the requested information.
  • Resumé/Curriculum Vitae (pdf-format - max. five A4 pages).
  • 3-5 samples of work (max. five samples, texts, images, sound samples or videos with a brief description (100 words each).

The material should be sent by e-mail to: [email protected]  Applications are reviewed by a panel of professionals and applicants will be notified within two months from the application deadline.

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ArtsIceland works with artists and producers to commission projects in a range of different sites and situations using various forms of media. ArtsIceland is based in Ísafjörður but working across Iceland and beyond. ArtsIceland encourages and facilitates an open-ended approach to the artistic process by seeking opportunities to help artists create works which have significant cultural impact.

ArtsIceland residencies are guided by the overall mission of encouraging and facilitating an open-ended approach to the artistic process and working with artists who are searching to create works which have a significant cultural impact. They offer two residencies with a private room and a private studio for visual artists, writers, designers, filmmakers, musicians and others who may profit from the environment/spaces on offer. People taking part in the residency program are assisted in familiarising themselves with this unique location, its people and their culture. Within reasonable limits they are also assisted in their research related to the projects they are working on. ArtsIceland collaborates with Outvert Art space and artists in residence can apply to make use of the space, which is located in the same building, for exhibitions or other public events.


Visiting artist are expected to take part in artist talks/presentations while at the residency. They also have the opportunity to organize events and/or exhibitions.

Studio Information

The studios are not equipped with any machinery or special equipment. One studio has a grand piano.

Accommodation Information

They offer two private rooms and two private studios, kitchen facilities are shared.


The residency is in Ísafjörður, a small town with a rich history. Ísafjörður is the capital of the Westfjords, an area with a declining population of 7500. The residency is situated in the center of town, with food stores, bistros, bakeries, library, swimming pool and bus stops all within a walking distance. The Westfjords are a mountainous area with many fjords, a few small villages and farms and easily accessible wild nature.

Contact information

Aðalstræti 22
400 Isafjörður

artsiceland [at]