NES Artist Residency was founded in March 2008 in Skagaströnd, a small town in North West Iceland. The first artists in residence arrived in June of that year. As one of the largest residencies in Iceland, NES currently hosts between 90-120 artists per year. NES provides artists with a workspace and living quarters within Skagaströnd, and the freedom to create as they wish.
During their stay, artists live in three shared houses throughout the town. The NES studios, located at at Fjörubraut 8, are housed in what once was the main fish processing plant of Skagaströnd.
NES is a process-based residency. We aim to provide opportunities for international and artistic exchange, as well as an immersive space to allow the artistic process to develop and thrive. Due to the intimate relationship between NES and the community of Skagaströnd, NES also places emphasis on community engagement and collaborative practices. We encourage all artists that come to NES to join us with curiosity and connect with this special place as part of their personal experience and artistic practice.
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 accepts applicants on the basis of self-definition, and we therefore do not seek to define “who is an artist” when evaluating applications.
In addition to offering year-round residency programs, NES also operates as an educational resource. We work with local lectures and educators to develop both national and international educational exchange programs. For more information about the institutions we have worked with, see our partnerships page.
We look forward to receiving your application!