Cross residency Reykjavík 2023

09.01.23 – 28.02.23

This open call is closed.
The results will be communicated mid-April 2023.

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 the region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes in France. The call for the artists living and working in Iceland will open in April 2023.

The selected artist will benefit from a six-weeks residency in Reykjavík, a stipend of 3000€, a mentorship from the Nýló team, a studio and a living space within the facilities of SÍM residency.
The program is supported by the French Embassy in Iceland and the Alliance Française de Reykjavík.

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.

About SÍM

SÍM Residency is an international residency for visual artists located in Reykjavík, Iceland. It is run by SÍM - Samband íslenskra myndlistarmanna or The Association of Icelandic Visual Artists, a non-profit organization. The main objective of the residency is to provide a venue for international artists to take part in the Icelandic art scene, thereby creating a broader context within which local and international artists can experience their own work and build up new networks. 
Currently, SÍM is hosting three locations that involve residency programs; Hafnarstraeti, where the SÍM Gallery, Office and Guesthouse are located, and two residency apartments: Seljavegur, which is a 10 minute walk from the city center, and Korpúlfsstaðir, situated on the outskirts of Reykjavik.
In this program, SÍM will host the selected artist at their downtown residency apartment in Seljavegur.
The Seljavegur residency apartment can host up to 11 international artists who all have their private room/studios and shared joint facilities.
The Seljavegur also accommodates over 40 local artists' studios in the same building.

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.

Residency period

The residency period for the artist from France in Reykjavik is scheduled from 1st September to 15th October 2023.

The selected artist from France will benefit from:

  • A stipend of 3000€.
  • travels between the city of residence and Reykjavik.
  • A 10m² room and an 18m² studio located in SÍM residence in Seljavegur, Reykjavík.images ici - chambre n°10
  • Mentorship by the Nýló team.
  • The possibility to organize a paid workshop at the Alliance Française de Reykjavík. This workshop is not an obligation.
  • The possibility to present work at the end of the residency at SÍM or Nýló. As the residency is based on research, this is not an obligation.

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 28th february, 2023, 23h59 French time.

The results will be communicated mid-April 2023.

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