Mission Statement

NES is a process-oriented residency that strives to cultivate an environment where artists can craft their experience as they wish; whether that may be through conceptual development, research, or intervention and experimentation, artists have the utmost freedom while in residence at NES. The residency’s structure is therefore left open in order to cater to individuality and spontaneity. We work to provide a safe space where all art forms, intellectual and creative pursuits, methods of artistic investigation, and aesthetic inquiry are accepted, nurtured, and celebrated.

As a remote residency located in a unique, stunning, and challenging environment, NES encourages artists to draw inspiration from place and take advantage of the solitude (and presence), our surrounding environment provides. NES allows all artists to enter into an immersive space so that the artistic process can develop and thrive. Beyond our studio walls, NES aims to provide opportunities for international and artistic exchange. We also encourage and welcome community engagement; NES has an intimate relationship to the community of Skagaströnd, and places emphasis on collaboration of all kinds.

We encourage artists of all métiers, both emerging and professional, to join us at NES with a sense of curiosity and drive to connect with this special place as part of a personal experience and artistic development.

Skagaströnd, Iceland