Do you have internet access?
Yes, there is wi-fi in the studio. There is no internet access in the apartments, but you can loan a USB 3G key from us for a refundable deposit of 10 000 ISK. The USB internet requires that you have your own laptop and you will need to pre-pay as you go. We use the phone company síminn. Generally to keep up to date with emails, facebook, and skype a pre-pay credit between 1990 – 4000 ISK for 1 month will do it, depending on your usage.
You cannot download files such as movies from the studios as we must share it between all artists working and no one likes slow internet or a used up quota! We recommend bringing movies on your hard drive to watch.
When is the residency?
Nes operates all year round, We accept applications for 2 or more months, beginning the 1st, and ending the last day of the preferred months.
Do you host filmmakers, writers, or musicians?
Nes is an inter-disciplinary, or multi-disciplinary artist residency. We believe that good ideas exist in all disciplines and as such encourage artists to communicate and discuss with other artists working in other fields to better enrich their practice. This means we accept artists, musicians, and writers of all backgrounds. Occassionally (like summer 2013) we will call for specific artists in order to better connect people working with similar interests.
What exactly does the monthly residency fee cover, and are there additional fees on top of that? I assume artists are responsible for living expenses (food, etc.) is that correct?
The residency fee covers your accommodation and studio space. All other costs are the responsibitlity of the artist.
There is a 4€ bank fee in Iceland you must add to your fee. No other additional payments or fees exist. In your time here you can spend as little or as much as you like. There is not a great deal of things to spend money on in Skagaströnd, just food and drinks, occasionally trips out of town, or a rune / tarot card / palm reading at the Spákonuhof museum. It is good to budget a trip to Reykjavik in case of a show or if you want a break from your studio routine.
Are grants or any other financial assistance available?
Nes does not have a funding board or body attached to it. We do not offer scholarships or stipends to artists unless we have a program running for it. All grants we recieve ourselves come to us from Icelandic funding bodies for specific project funding and if we can fund artists to attend it is through these very particular projects. All calls for funded places happen through our website and newsletter. You can subscribe to our newsletter on the home page.
It is advised you seek funding in your own country, most Icelandic funding is especially for Icelandic projects or artists.
What is the best time of year to come to Nes?
Please see this recent blog entry.
Or see these photos and short explainations about the seasons in Iceland.
Can I go horse back riding?
Yes, there are several places to go horseback riding in the area.
What are the hours of the supermarket in town?
Samkaup is open seven days a week: M-F 1000-1800, Saturday 1000-1400 and Sunday 1300-1700.