Open Call ArtsIceland residency 2020-2021

ArtsIceland residency in the Westfjords of Iceland.

ArtsIceland – RESIDENCIES 2020-21

ArtsIceland in collaboration with other institutions in the area offers artists and other art professionals a space to live and work for 4 to 12 weeks in the Westfjords of Iceland. We 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. Kitchen facilities are shared. During the summer months, we also offer 3 residencies with a private room and shared studio and other facilities in a separate building. Artists pay a moderate fee for their stay at the residency.

Minimum stay: 4 weeks.
Maximum stay: 12 weeks/3 months.
Our week starts on a Monday and finishes on a Sunday.

Aðalstræti 22, 400 Ísafjörður, Iceland. Ísafjörður is a small town with a rich history. It is the capital of the Westfjords, an area with a 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. To get to Ísafjörður from Reykjavík there are buses 2-6 days a week and the domestic airline has regular flights (1-3 times a day). Car- rental or car-pooling is another possibility (5 - 6 hour drive of 465KM).

Applications should include the following
A - Application form completed with all the requested information. (applicants can request the application form by sending an email to
B – Resumé/Curriculum Vitae (pdf-format - max. five A4 pages).
C - 3-5 samples of work (max. five samples, texts, images, sound samples or videos with a brief description (max. 100 words each).

Applications should be sent by e-mail to

Selection process: Applications are reviewed by a panel of professionals and applicants will be notified of the results within 2 months from the application deadline.

Selected artists will be requested to sign an agreement with ArtsIceland upon their arrival in Ísafjörður. The agreement states the dates of the residency, detailed information about what is included in the fee (bedding, towels, water, electricity, heating and internet), deposit payment, what kind of assistance can be expected from staff and what is expected of the artist regarding the spaces they have access to and the program (cleaning, artists talks etc.). The residency fee for the first month is due no later than 8 weeks prior to arrival. If the agreement and payment dates are not respected the place will be allocated to someone else.

Outvert Art Space
Artists in residence staying for 8 weeks or longer can apply for use of the space for exhibitions or other events but as the gallery program is decided long in advance other venues may be more easily accessible on short notice. No extra fee will be charged.

Outvert Art Space is a non-profit organization and a dynamic, contemporary cultural arts space where varied perspectives and issues are explored through visual arts, music, performance and other forms of media. Outvert Art Space collaborates closely with ArtsIceland programs. ArtsIceland and Outvert Art Space are particularly interested in helping artists and curators achieve projects that have a significant cultural impact but would be impossible to realize in a traditional gallery or museum setting.

Residency fee
Private room and studio A - €640,-/month (4 weeks)
Private room and studio B - €600,-/month (4 weeks)
Private room and studio C (shared workspace) - €520,-/month (4 weeks) (Studio C is available from the 1st of May until the 30th of October)

Additional artists sharing a workspace and accommodation pay half the fee.
Additional guests are accepted for a moderate fee.

The residency fee covers accommodation and studio space. All other costs are the responsibility of the artist. It is good to budget with a minimum of 75 – 90 euros per week for food. We are sorry but we do not offer (not yet) scholarships or stipends other than the accommodation and workspace included in the residency fee. We gladly assist artists applying for funding by providing a letter of support.

30 Sep 2019