Nes Artist Residency

NES is a process-oriented residency that strives to cultivate an environment where artists can craft their experience as they wish; whether that may be through conceptual development, research, or intervention and experimentation, artists have the utmost freedom while in residence at NES.

The residency’s structure is therefore left open in order to cater to individuality and spontaneity. We work to provide a safe space where all art forms, intellectual and creative pursuits, methods of artistic investigation, and aesthetic inquiry are accepted, nurtured, and celebrated.

As a remote residency located in a unique, stunning, and challenging environment, NES encourages artists to draw inspiration from place and take advantage of the solitude (and presence), our surrounding environment provides. NES allows all artists to enter into an immersive space so that the artistic process can develop and thrive. Beyond our studio walls, NES aims to provide opportunities for international and artistic exchange. We also encourage and welcome community engagement; NES has an intimate relationship to the community of Skagaströnd, and places emphasis on collaboration of all kinds.

NES is a multidisciplinary residency. We accept applicants from all creative fields and career stages. Additionally, we offer a writer-in-residence program in collaboration with the University of Iceland; likewise, we are able to coordinate access to additional facilities for dancers, composers, musicians, filmmakers and researchers, or anyone who might require additional space to work. Nes artist residency seeks to promote an atmosphere of creativity, experimentation, by providing a working environment that supports the artistic process and the facilities for artists to work and interact.

We encourage artists of all métiers, both emerging and professional, to join us at NES with a sense of curiosity and drive to connect with this special place as part of a personal experience and artistic development. We know that the natural setting, the harbour, northern lights, midnight summer sun, volcanoes, glaciers, mountains and surrounding nature inspires, and enhances the creativity of the artists who come to Nes. We endorse all this by providing artists with uninterrupted time for work and exploration.

Residency Programme since: 2008
Description of Organisation:

NES Artist Residency was founded in 2008 in Skagaströnd, a small town in north west Iceland. As one of the largest residencies in Iceland, NES currently hosts between 90-140 artists per year and provides artists with a workspace and living quarters within Skagaströnd, and the freedom to create as they wish.

Organisation founded in: 2008
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Not-for-profit
  • Artist-Run
Working Languages:
  • English
Presentation of artists’ work: Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Duration of residency:
  • Weeks: 2
  • Months: 1
  • Months: 2
  • Months: 3
  • Months: 4
  • Months: 5
Number of studios: N/A
Number of artists in residence at one time: between 11 and 16
Studio type and size: Shared studio
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Private Apartment
Shared Room
Shared Apartment
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Printmaking
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
  • New Media
  • Animations
  • Film-making
  • Education Programmes
  • Photography
  • Other
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Private accommodation
  • Shared accommodation
  • Private studio / workplace
  • Shared studio / workplace
  • Kitchen
  • Internet
  • Computer
  • Small hand and power tools available
  • Access to salvaged and natural materials
  • Library
  • Office
What artistic facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Dance/Theatre/Performance Space
  • Library/research resources
  • Networking
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Companions Allowed:
  • Children
  • Partners
  • Application process: Digital application
    Do you charge an application fee for your residency?: No
    Do you charge a residency fee for your residency?: Yes
    If yes, what is the residency fee? (in your local currency): Standard fee – 750€ per month
    Do you provide the residents with any funds associated with the residency? (e.g. stipend, fellowship, production allowance): No
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Travel
    • Production costs
    • Food
    • Supplies
    Expenses paid by the organisation:
    • Housing
    • Other
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • Public talk
    • Other
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Workshops
    • Presentation
    • Films
    • Exhibition
    • Open Studios
    Selection process: By staff
    Setting: Rural
    Nearest Airport: Keflavik or Akureyri
    How to reach by plane: Airlines that fly to Iceland, land in Keflavik International airport .Alternately, some airlines fly into Akureyri
    How to reach by car: Cars can be hired at the airport, booking prior to arrival is essential
    How to reach by boat: During the summer it is possible to take a ferry from Denmark to Seydisfjordur
    Street & Number: Fjorubraut 8
    Postal Code: 545
    City: Skagastrond