Artist Residency in Iceland: Open Call

Neslist open call for residency Skagastrond Iceland


Nes Art Residency is pleased to announce that there is space available for the spring and autumn in the residency in Skagastrond Iceland.

Jacob Kasper
Phone: + 354 452 2816

Nes Artist Residency Iceland
Fjőrubraut 8
545 Skagastrond
Nes artist residency was founded in the beginning of March 2008 in the town of Skagastrőnd and the first artists arrived in June.

As an international artist residency, Nes provides artists with a workspace and living quarters during their stay in Skagastrőnd. The town was a trading and fishing town for centuries. With the fishing industry decreasing in the last decade, the former fishing plant at Fjőrubraut 8 has now found a new role housing the Nes artist residency studios.

The living quarters are in apartment houses and row-houses, each shared by 2-5 artists.

Main Goals
The main goal of the residency is to provide an opportunity for international exchange, where professional artists in all media including writers and performing artists are given the opportunity to meet, exchange ideas and possibly collaborate.

Open Call for applications
Applications to Nes artist residency are submitted at any time (open call). Our application form is located here:

Applications to Nes Artist Residency may be submitted at any time (open call). The residency is for monthly periods (from the beginning of the month to the end of the month) ranging from 1-6 months. Applications will be reviewed and answered within a week via email.

To submit an application, please fill out the application form and send the following to application(at)

A CV or resume
Short project description/intention for your stay please include this as an attachment
Four work samples as photographs, text samples or links to videos
If possible, please submit your entire application as one .pdf document
Email subject line: First choice month(s) and year- Your Name- ‘Application’ (ie ‘March, April, May 2013- John Doe- Application’)
Please add nes(at) to your address book
If you do not hear from us within one week please check your spam folder

The residency is loosely structured. We have a potluck dinner at the beginning of each month to introduce the artists to the members of the board. At the end of each month we host an open house at the studio. Both of these events are open to the public.

Would you like to interact with the community?
There are many opportunities to interact with the community of Skagastrőnd. The art teacher at the grade school has been working with artists from Nes. She has been bringing her classes to the studio for art talks. This is a wonderful event for both the kids and the artists and we hope you will participate.


About the town
Skagastrőnd ‘Peninsula-Beach’ is the hometown of Nes artist residency.

It is a small village of 508 inhabitants in rural Iceland. The t own is located in the Northwest of Iceland, about a three hour drive from Reykjavík.

The town, although small, has all the main services that a visitor might need including a bank, library, post office, gas station, gym, pharmacy, grocery store, one restaurant, with an addition of a café and swimming pool open in the summer.

To Icelanders, Skagastrőnd is better known as the hometown of Hallbjőrn Hjartarson ‘The Icelandic Cowboy’ and ‘Country King.’ He has promoted American Country music as well as his own Icelandic country songs for decades on his private radio station on the second floor of ‘Kántríbær’ the Country bar and restaurant in town.

In the vicinity of the town there is a challenging nine hole golf course.

Fishing in nearby lakes and rivers is a popular activity for locals and tourists. Please note that if you want to bring your own fishing pole it has to be new (still in sealed plastic) or proven disinfected or will otherwise be confiscated at customs. This is to protect against diseases.

The community of Skagastrőnd hopes that Nes artist residency will generate a melting pot of ideas and inspiration in all fields, as well as create an atmosphere of cooperation between the artists and inhabitants of the town.