Skaftfell Center for Visual Art is located in Seyðisfjörður, a small town of around 700 inhabitants in Iceland’s eastfjords, which is surrounded by a stunning chain of mountains. Despite its small size, Seyðisfjörður offers a rich and diverse cultural life, and has a long history of welcoming visiting artists.
The Skaftfell residencies offer quiet time and space for independent research, reflection, and experimentation. Artists are encouraged to use their stay for in-depth inquiries into their work processes and conceptual interests, to use the magnificent nature of the fjord as a source of energy and inspiration, to work at the interface of art and life, to share thoughts with other artists, and to embrace the idea of a “slow residency” that is embedded in a small but vibrant rural community. The program is best suited to visual artists, artists with interdisciplinary practices, curators and art writers.
Artists already based in Iceland are not eligible, as the program intends to foster the mobility of artists between the Nordic and Baltic countries.
The residency grant includes a full residency fee for two months (including self-catering accommodation, work space, WiFi, support from Skaftfell staff), travel grant, material and project costs. Grant recipients must be able to commit to the full length of the residency period. Available dates are:
Winter: January 8 to March 8, 2021
Spring: April 1 to May 31, 2021
Autumn: September 1 to October 30, 2021
The open call deadline is 15th August. Detailed information can be found here.
"Culture includes not only culture and arts, but also the way of life and system of values. In this sense culture becomes the major power for intellectual renewal and human perfection." (European Council Report on European Cultural Policy)