The Skaftfell artist 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 Skaftfell’s surroundings as a source of energy and inspiration, to work at the interface of art and life, and to share thoughts with other artists, embedded in a small but vibrant rural community. We encourage artists to embrace the idea of a slow residency, and to allow themselves time for contemplation, preparing the ground for a shift in their practices. Residency artists receive support from Skaftfell’s staff through general and project specific advice in weekly meetings. They have the opportunity to present their work in an open studio, to give an artist talk or a workshop, if they wish. The program is best suited to visual artists, artists with interdisciplinary practices, curators and art writers.
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 and inspiring visiting artists. Skaftfell has the essential role of presenting, discoursing, and encouraging the development of contemporary art within the rural communities of the region. It is a meeting point for artists and locals, and its year-round activities include exhibitions and events, the international artist residency program, and an art education program for school children and adults. In 2013 Skaftfell received the Icelandic award Eyrarrósin, for outstanding cultural leadership in a rural area.
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