Ways to be considerate and work collectively in an open & communal studio environment
- Loud parties are forbidden in the studio – the studios are a workspace and should be respected as such; drunken behavior should not interfere with working or cause damage to artworks.
- Any decided social events should be held in the Freezer space and 24 hours notice should be given to other artists. If you cannot give 24 hours notice, please directly ask your fellow artists if they mind at the time (for things like a film screening etc). Priority is given to working and social events can be moved to the houses.
- Music should be listened to through headphones while in the studios, some artists will need quiet to concentrate and work. If you are the only one in the studios and you play music aloud, it is considerate to then ask anyone new arriving if they mind having music on. If they seem like it bothers them (they might not say it) please switch to headphones.
- Materials with strong odours (spray paint, oil paint solvents, turpentine etc) should not be used inside the studios. Use alternatives, or work from the outdoor studio by the sea.
- There is no smoking inside the studios.
- Communal areas should be kept tidy and clean including the kitchen, toilet, hall, and reading room. If you make a small or big mess – clean it up ASAP.
- There is a cleaning schedule hung in the kitchen – each house is responsible for maintaining the studios for 1 week each month. Please work together with artists in your house to sweep, take out garbage, and ensure the studios are clean and tidy. This does not mean if your house is not on duty that you can make a mess!! Always tidy up after yourself and wash your dishes!
- If you paint on the walls or make marks, you are responsible for painting them white when you leave. This includes ensuring you get white household paint to do so.
- Local children may visit the studios, they often want to paint (mála) or draw (teikningur) they are allowed to sit in the freezer with coloured pencils and draw. However if they get to loud or disruptive you can ask them to leave. („Fara heim núna“ = go home now //and „bless bless“ means bye bye)
- When you leave you must clean out your studio space. This includes sweeping the floor, clearing out your shelves, and taking your artworks with you. Nes has no storage for unfinished works, or things left behind. Art materials can be donated to the communal supply room – place them neatly in the correct place as categorised.
- ENSURE ALL DOORS ARE LOCKED, LIGHTS ARE TURNED OFF AND ONLY 1 HEATER IS ON if you are the last one to leave.Artists often leave valuables in the studio and we want to ensure it remains a safe and secure place. We also want to preserve energy by making sure lights and heating is appropriate.
House Rules and Guidelines for Staying at Nes
Some things you should know and the ways you need to be considerate in communal living with your fellow artists.
- Artists are responsible for keeping the house clean.
–The kitchen should be cleaned after cooking each meal (surfaces, dishes, stove-top or oven).
–Communal areas should be tidy and the bathroom should be cleaned every week (take turns)
–Please do not let things go down the drains!!! Including hair in the bathroom or food scraps in the kitchen! The drains clog very easily here. Please put hair and small food scraps in the bin.
–If you need cleaning supplies please ask at the Nes office.
- You are responsible for consumables like toilet paper, soap, dishwashing liquid, and laundry powder. Nes will supply oven cleaner, toilet cleaner, light bulbs and other things that will service the apartments over long extended periods of time.
- Garbage should be taken out regularly. GLASS IS NOT RECYCLED – please put glass in the normal garbage because it is a health risk to recycling plant workers. There is a schedule in your house for garbage collection days, please make sure large bins are accessible – this may mean digging them out of snow banks and placing in the street.
- There is no smoking inside the house.
- All illegal drugs are strictly forbidden.
- Please take shoes off inside the house.
- Loud music should be turned down after 10pm in winter or 12 midnight in summer on weekends. Please respect that your neighbours often start work at 7 or 8am.
- When showering or cooking with steam please ensure a window is opened to let steam escape. If you do not do this you will have to clean mold off the ceiling or walls that forms from the trapped moisture, bathrooms will also smell. Please let bathrooms air out after showering.
- Heating dials should be kept between 0-2 in summer, and 2-3 in winter.
–When opening a window the heat drifts straight up and out of that window! Please ensure you turn down the heater that is below the open window to not waste energy. It is also recommended that you always wear socks inside for warm toes.
- Please inform the Nes office of any damage, breakages, or malfunctions in the house so we can prevent further damage or so we can replace things.
- If you spill red wine or damage the bedding in any way, you must pay a fee of 5000 kronur for its’ replacement.
- Power voltage is 220 volts. Please use correct adaptors for foreign plugs.
- Guests are required to pay 15€ per night of their stay. Please deposit this directly into the Nes bank account at the Skagaströnd bank and bring your deposit receipt to the office for a digital scan. Bank account details are on the website http://neslist.is
- Artist cancellations of 30 days or less receive no refund
- Residencies begin on the 1st of the month and end on the last day of an artists’ last residency month. Please ensure you adhere to departure rules also.
- Nes reserves the right to terminate an artists residency should misconduct, disruptive behavior, or illegal activity take place.