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Artist in Residence – Holly Walsh

Holly Walsh was born in 1994 in Cork, Ireland and is a practicing visual artist. She graduated with a BA HONS in Fine Art from the Crawford College of Art and Design in 2016. Since then, she has gone on to set up her own studio in Waterfall, Cork where she continues to work full time.
“Shifting light, wind and water all give a landscape it’s complexity and life. These transient elements contrast with the more solid structures such as earth and rock, but also compliment them. This duality is what fascinates me, and I find myself drawn to places where both elements interplay with one another. I draw inspiration from the Irish landscape, especially rural and secluded areas where nature has more free reign. Chinese ink paintings are also a fundamental influence for me, as they explore the more ephemeral qualities of landscapes as well as portraying nature. My practice is a combination of recording outside phenomena and an expression of internal experience. “

Tækifæri á tveggja mánaða dvöl í listamiðstöð

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Frá Skagaströnd til Ahrenshoop í Þýskalandi 
Tækifæri á tveggja mánaða dvöl í listamiðstöð

Nes listamiðstöð á Skagaströnd, sem stofnuð var árið 2008, er fjölþætt listamiðstöð þar sem dvelja 10-16 alþjóðlegir listamenn í hverjum mánuði.

Nes vinnuaðstöðu

Künstlerhaus Lukas er ein af elstu listamiðstöðvunum í Þýskalandi, til húsa í Ahrenshoop sem er bær sem stendur á skaga við Eystrasaltið.

Künstlerhaus Lukas

Saman bjóða Nes listamiðstöð og Künstlerhaus Lukas, íslenskum listamönnum eða erlendum listamönnum sem eru búsettir á Íslandi, styrk til tveggja mánaða dvalar í listamiðstöðunum.

Dvölinni er skipt í tvo hluta, einn mánuður er dvöl í Nes listamiðstöð í júlí 2018 og annar mánuður er dvöl í Künstlerhaus Lukas í Þýskalandi í september 2018. Athugið að aðrir dvalartímar eru ekki í boði.

Styrkurinn felst í ókeypis gistingu og vinnuaðstöðu þessa tvo mánuði. Allur annar kostnaður, s.s. ferðir og fæði, er á kostnað listamannsins.

Umsóknir sendist í síðasta lagi 13. apríl á netfangið, á íslensku eða ensku, með yfirskriftinni Skagaströnd to Ahrenshoop Residency.

Umsóknin skal vera í einu pdf skjali og innihalda:

  1. Afrit af ferilsskrá
  2. Viljayfirlýsingu (með verkefnislýsingu – hámark 500 orð)
  3. Hlekk á vefsíðu/sýnishorn af verkefnum

Nánari upplýsingar um Nes listamiðstöð  hér og Künstlerhaus Lukas er að finna hér.

Skagaströnd to Ahrenshoop  Germany
A Two Month Art Residency Opportunity

Nes Listamiðstöð founded in 2008 is a multi disciplinary residency, hosting 10-16 international artists each month at its facilities in Skagaströnd North West Iceland. Künstlerhaus Lukas is one of the oldest artists’ residences in Germany situated in Ahrenshoop on the peninsula at the edge of the Baltic sea.

Together Nes Listamiðstöð and Künstlerhaus Lucas are offering a 2 month Iceland/Germany art residency scholarship to Icelandic artists or artists who are residents of Iceland.

The residencies are offered in two parts  – 1 month is to be undertaken at Nes Listamiðstöð NW Iceland in July 2018 and the second part is to be undertaken for 1 month at Kunstlerhaus Lucas in Ahrenshoop Germany in September 2018. Please note the  residencies must be taken in July and September 2018 – no other dates are available.

The scholarship provides accommodation and workspace only in each location for the months specified.  All other expenses, travel, food and consumables are the responsibility of the artist.

To apply please submit by 13th April 2018 to in Icelandic or English with the subject line Skagaströnd to Ahrenshoop Residency  

In ONE PDF document the following:

A copy of your CV
Letter of intent (including a project description- 500 word max)
Link to webpage/examples of work

Find out more information about Nes Listamiðstöð  here and Künstlerhaus Lucas here.



Artist in Residence – Yihsin Chu

Yihsin Chu was born in 1991 in Taipei, Taiwan. Yihsin is currently studying an MA in Fine Arts at the University of Arts in London. Landscapes painted by Yihsin feature the idea of impermanence in Chinese philosophy. Directed strokes and heavy paints are the mental projection from the painter, which represents the motion of flow and resonates with impermanence.
See her website for more work:

Artist in Residence – Catherine Debard

Catherine Debard has roots in Montreal’s experimental music scene, a community in which she has been actively involved for several years. Under the moniker YlangYlang, a solo project she has developed since 2012, Debard translates experiences, memories, emotions and senses into electronic sounds through a delicate balance of improvisation and composition. She has released records internationally on labels such as Crash Symbols (USA), Phinery (DK), Fluere Tapes (SE) and ΠΑΝΘΕΟΝ (RU).
Check out her sounds and albums below!

Artist in Residence – Consuelo Cavaniglia

Artist in Residence Consuelo Cavaniglia is an interdisciplinary artist whose work focuses on how we see and understand space. Currently based in Sydney, Australia, Consuelo graduated with a Masters of Fine Art at Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney, in 2017, and was the recipient of the Arts NSW Visual Art Fellowship (Emerging), 2016. She has exhibited extensively across Australia including Artspace, Sydney (2017), Perth Centre for Photography (2017); Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (2015); Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, Perth (2013). Consuelo is represented by Station, Melbourne and Kronenberg Wright Artists Projects, Sydney.

Taking its cues from film, photography and architecture, her work employs technically simple visual effects to distort perception and unsettle the relationship between viewer and space. Independent curatorial projects have consistently flanked Consuelo’s practice. She has developed a range of exhibitions including a major project involving the presentation of ephemeral artworks in public spaces. Interested in light and colour, Consuelo is at Nes to witness the extraordinary lighting and colour conditions in the Icelandic environment.


Artist in Residence – Avantika Bawa

RESIDENT ARTIST Avantika Bawa is an artist and educator based in Portland, Oregon, USA, where she is currently Associate Professor of Fine Arts at Washington State University, Vancouver, WA. She also often resides in her hometown, New Delhi, India.  Her practice emphasizes the intersections where drawing and sculpture, stasis and motion, and the functional and non-functional intermingle. Geographic and architectural differences in landscape strongly inform her work. Bearing in mind a location’s prior use, Bawa creates drawings and/or paintings, and repurposes functional objects to create temporary installations on-site. In addition to site-based works, she has a sustained drawing practice. These drawings are deliberative yet whimsical, embracing the pure physicality of line, shape, and color. Her upcoming solo, Coliseum will be presented at the Apex space of the Portland Art Museum in August 2018. The show will highlight her drawings based on the Portland’s Veterans Memorial Coliseum, “a premier jewel of International Style of modernism in the city.”

Artist in Residence – Ángeles Peña

Ángeles Peña is a  photographer from Argentina, based in Bariloche. The intimacy of the relationships between photography as a documentary resource, and landscape as poetry, is what drives her to inquire and create.  Using images that deploy a strong discursive power, Ángeles seeks to transmit a growing concern for the effects of climate change and the consequences that it brings to the environment. Raised in Patagonia amid snowy forests, savage rivers and deep lakes had a profound impact on her photographic work,  that is centered in cultivating an inexhaustible admiration for natural landscapes.  Ángeles selects water out of the four elements as protagonist, since it’s here where she finds most evidence  of these vertiginous changes. “I don’t photograph a landscape, but all of what happens in it. The path, the road taken in its interior. I try to speak from within the landscape, not from a distance.”

Artist in Residence – Katelynn DeTemple

Katie DeTemple was born and raised in the pacific northwest of the USA. She received her BFA from the University of Montana with a specialization in Photography. Katie’s work focuses on dualities such as the relationship of human to nature, of body to identity, and of reality to fantasy. During her stay at NES, Katie will focus on the dichotomy of the ephemeral to the perpetual and draw inspiration from the Icelandic landscape, which is both enduring and in transition.

Artist in Residence – Gillian King

Gillian King is a painter and art educator from Winnipeg, Manitoba and recent MFA Graduate from the University of Ottawa (2016). King is the winner of the RBC Emerging Artist Award 2017 as well as the recipient of the 2017 Nancy Petry Award which has funded her to live and work in Europe from late 2017 into early 2018.

King has shown in galleries nationally and internationally and has completed residencies at The Banff Centre (Banff, Alberta, Canada) and Sparkbox Studios (Picton, Ontario, Canada) and NES Artist Residency (Skagaströnd, Iceland). Most recently, she was chosen as the Ontario representative in the Robert McLaughlin Gallery’s 50th Anniversary Exhibition, ‘Ab NEXT’ (Oshawa, On / April 29 – Sept 3, 2017) featuring five emerging abstract painters from across Canada.

King looks forward to ‘Ghosts’ – a solo exhibition with PDA Projects (Ottawa, On / April, 2018). 

‘Through large scale abstract painting, I attempt to connect ancient art practices and our changing geographical landscapes as a way to address our collective histories, mutual fragility, and mortality with other living beings and the Earth. I draw from elements of ecology, paleontology, politics, mysticism and the occult and make use of specific materials (including plant and vegetable matter, hair, animal ashes, sand, dirt, and raw pigments) for their physical properties and symbolic relevance. Through abstract painting, I explore ways in which we may move forward in this destructive environmental time. I question what it is to be a human animal and possible ways to reconnect with nature and other living beings’.