Current Artist in Residence – ALEXANDRA ELLIOTT

IMG_2332-chosenAlexandra has been blogging about her experience.
“Today I will meet the new July artists and all the other artists I hope. I’m living in a home with nine of them. I awoke early and had a quiet morning to myself. Most of the artists here at the Nes Residency share an open concept space in an old fishing warehouse. My studio is the community hall and it is only shared by me and my busy mind. I look forward to entering the space and making it my own.IMG_1958 This process generally takes me two to three days. I have to stare at the geometry of the room and become adjusted to the level of privacy, aspects of light, areas where I can create movement, and where I’m going to set certain things up.IMG_2191-chosenThen I often do one improvisation and shortly afterwards find myself in a cocoon in a cozy corner somewhere shifting nothing but my eyes. During this cocoon phase I feel overwhelmed, paralyzed, and worried that I’m a failure. All you loving worriers can relax, it’s just a process. Because then I emerge as a beautiful butterfly and prance around the room creating masterpiece after masterpiece!!! Just kidding. That’s what it looked like when I was four and we danced around with long colourful silk scarves.”

Check out Alex’s website and videos on vimeo

George Spica – Exhibition

GEORGE SPICA – Tue 26 July, 19.00-21.00 in the Freezer


My name is George Spica, an American artist working in sculpture, installation, and performance. My work is concerned with the performative potential of the body, as well as, more recently, synthetic projections of that potential through geographical space. I find industry to be an incredibly beautiful and straightforward way of looking at the physical expressions, and desires, of the human body. By this notion, my practice aims to elucidate the romance present in mechanics and functional aesthetics by creating distilled, protracted experiences thereof.

Tuesday night’s show in the Nes Freezer (7-9pm) will be an installation comprising various sculptures and digital video projections, all works made during my time at the Nes Residency. Each work was made in relation to the next; the products of an ongoing practice exploring the romantic qualities of industrial materials. The pieces on display are, in a broad sense, material compositions belonging to many industrial and mechanical lineages brought into the context of a gallery for the sake of examining physical desire through objective analysis.

Current Artist in Residence – Leah Pantea

While here at NES, Leah Pantea has been enamored with paradoxes and has been exploring that concept in her work. She layers on thin wash-like layers of oil paint onto paper-creating a dynamic abstract landscape of geometric structures and organic forms, only to paint over everything with layers of white paint. This process allows shadows and hints of what was to peek through, causing the viewer to both imagine it full of marks and also entirely empty. Leah will be creating at NES through September, then continue home to San Diego, California. See more of her work at




Current Artist in Residence – Addoley Dzegede

ADDOLEY DZEGEDE is a Ghanaian-American interdisciplinary artist currently based in St Louis, Missouri. Her practice is idea-driven and mixed media, investigating notions of belonging, home, location and identity. Most recently, she has been interested in textile processes and is creating natural dyes from plant materials found in and around Skagaströnd.



Nes Artist’s Blogs

Whilst in residence many artists record their time here via blog diaries/online journals. Check out the Nes Residency from an artists perspective by clicking the linked images below.

Paul Scannell 2019 

Daryl Farmer 2017


Amanda Marsh 2017 


Andrea Kennedy 2016 (Nes Intern from Cazenovia College)


Tova Lund 2016IMG_2345

Ron Linn 2016Ron Linn

Alexandra Elliott 2016Alexandra Elliott

Leah Pantea 2016static1.squarespace

Mary Walters 2016

Siân Bliss 2016

Alyson Jackson, 2016

Ellis O’Connor, 2015

Amy  Tavern, 2013

Anne F Dupuis 2013

Eyrarrósarlistinn 2015



Nes has been shortlisted in the coveted Eyrarrósin awards presented to those recognised for providing cultural diversity, innovation and development in the field of culture and art.   The selection of the 3 finalists will be announced on the 18th March and the winner on 4th April.

Eyrarrósarlistinn 2015 birtur

Listi yfir tíu verkefni sem eiga möguleika á því að hljóta Eyrarrósina í ár.

Í ár barst mikill fjöldi umsókna um Eyrarrósina hvaðanæva af landinu. Eyrarrósin er viðurkenning sem veitt er framúrskarandi menningarverkefni á starfssvæði Byggðastofnunnar. Hún beinir sjónum að og hvetur til menningarlegrar fjölbreytni, nýsköpunar og uppbyggingar á sviði menningar og lista. Að verðlaununum standa Byggðastofnun, Flugfélag Íslands og Listahátíð í Reykjavík.

Eyrarrósarlistinn 2015 birtir nöfn þeirra tíu verkefna sem eiga möguleika á að hljóta Eyrarrósina í ár. Verkefnin eru jafn fjölbreytt og þau eru mörg og koma alls staðar að af landinu. Þann 18. mars næstkomandi verður tilkynnt hvaða þrjú verkefni hljóta tilnefningu til verðlaunanna. Eitt þeirra hlýtur að lokum Eyrarrósina, 1.650.000 krónur og flugferðir innanlands frá Flugfélagi Íslands en hin tvö verkefnin hljóta peningaverðlaun og flugferðir frá Flugfélagi Íslands.

Eyrarrósarlistinn 2015:

  • Braggast á Sólstöðum
  • Ferskir vindar
  • Frystiklefinn
  • Listasafn Árnesinga
  • Listasafnið á Akureyri
  • Nes Listamiðstöð
  • Orgelsmiðjan á Stokkseyri
  • Sköpunarmiðstöðin Stöðvarfirði
  • Verksmiðjan á Hjalteyri
  • Þjóðlagasetrið á Siglufirði


A submergence in Húnaflói (The Dips #4)

A submergence in Húnaflói (The Dips #4) an installation and a performance by Nes Artists Runar Bruteig Olsen and Anita Bjørkli, with Markús Ingi Guðnason. Featuring paintings from the children in Fristund. Sunday 15th February, 15.00-17.00 at Fellsborg, Skagaströnd. All Welcome.

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