Cross residency Reykjavík 2025

05.04.24 – 05.05.24

This open call is closed.

Selected artist : Sigrún Gyða Sveinsdóttir

The residency

Nýló (Reykjavík, Iceland) and Artistes en résidence (Clermont-Ferrand, France) offer a cross residency for two artists, one living and working in Iceland and one in the region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes in France. This call is only for the artists living in Iceland.

The selected artist will benefit from a six-weeks residency in Clermont-Ferrand, a stipend of 2250€, a mentorship from the Artistes en résidence team, the travels between Reykjavik and Clermont-Ferrand, a studio and a living space in a private bedroom in a fully equipped apartment shared with 2 other residents.

The program is supported by the French Embassy in Iceland and the Alliance Française de Reykjavík.

About Artistes en Résidence

Created in 2011 in Clermont-Ferrand, Artistes en résidence (A·R) is a non-profit organization which supports contemporary creation by organizing residencies for artists and researchers in the field of contemporary art. A·R supports international mobility of artists and the circulation of ideas and skills through the development of a vast network of local, national and international partners.
At A·R, residencies are considered as a time entirely dedicated to research and experimentation with no obligation to produce. The goal is to provide artists with the necessary time for qualitative and in-depth research, to promote a true immersion in the residency context, and to allow for trial and error as well as critical questioning necessary for the development of artistic practices.
A·R’s team offers mentorship to artists and provides contacts of various art professionals, researchers, artisans or any other person who can contribute to the development of their practice.

About Nýló

The Living Art Museum or Nýló, was founded in 1978 by a group of artists and is therefore one of the oldest museums and exhibition spaces in Europe under the supervision of artists. The Living Art Museum has been one of the main venues for contemporary art in Iceland and has a unique collection of works by Icelandic and international artists from the 1960s to the present day.
The Living Art Museum's exhibitions began in the early 1980s, and many exhibitions have marked time limits in Icelandic art history. Every year, the museum presents a strong exhibition program as well as being a venue for various events, museum education and research, in close collaboration with artists, curators, scholars and the general public.
The Living Art Museum's collection includes over 2,200 works donated by artists, representatives, collectors and individuals associated with the museum. Today, Nýló's collection reflects the main movements in contemporary art and the museum's interest in asking and answering current questions.
Nýlo´s team consists of the director, the general manager and the collections manager. The team will connect the artist to local artists and art professionals. The team welcomes the artist to Nýló´s exhibition space and also to the collection if there is interest in research. The team will also give advice on subjects related to artistic interests and invite the artist to events connected to the Nýló´s exhibition program.

Residency period

The residency period for the artist from Iceland in Clermont-Ferrand is scheduled from 13th January to 28th february 2025.

The selected artist from Iceland will benefit from:

  • A stipend of 2250€.
  • travels between Reykjavik and Clermont-Ferrand.
  • The accommodation is a private bedroom in a fully equipped three bedroom apartment – with a bathroom and kitchen as well as a garden – shared with other residents. |images here|
  • Artists have access to a 160 square meter studio space, shared by up to 3 residents. This studio is located on Artistes en résidence premises in the multidisciplinary complexe La Diode, shared, amongst others, with Les Ateliers, an association that manages 17 studios for local artists on site. Selected artists have access to technical equipment on site shared between the two associations (equipped wood workshop, portable power tools, ceramic kiln, MIG welding station, computer room with desktop and an A3 printer / scanner). |images here|
  • Fostering meetings and exchanges, A·R’s team offers mentorship to artists and provides contacts of various art professionals, researchers, artisans or any other person who can contribute to the development of their practice.
  • The artists may, if they wish, organize or take part in a public event during which they can present their work or research, regardless of the space where the said work or research was created. There is no obligation to present their work publicly if artists do not wish to do so. Artists can benefit from a flat fee of 150 euros for up to one public event during their residency.

Elements to provide for the application :

  • Completed application form accessible at the bottom of this page.
  • A PDF compiling artist statement, CV and a selection of relevant works (max.20MB).
  • A note of intent of two A4 pages maximum.
    Note : Artists are not expected to outline a specific project for the residency, but to specify their need and / or interest in the cross residency program or for an artistic residency in general. It is specified that this cross residency is a research program with no obligation to finalize production. In their note of intent, artists can highlight current research, their expectations about how the program will expand their existing body of work and/or enhance their professional development, their need for a studio or paid working time, their link to or interest in the territory, or any other reason that explains their desire to apply.

The portfolios can be in French, Icelandic or English. The note of intent however needs to be written in English.

Artists can apply for several ongoing open calls by Artistes en résidence.
The deadline for applications is 5th May, 2024, 23h59 Icelandic time.

The results will be communicated end of May 2024.

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