We encourage applications from Scandinavian and International contemporary artists working in a wide range of disciplines including visual art, film, arts writing, performance, sound and curating. We are open for applications for all phases - from initial research to finishing works.
Our intention is to create and facilitate temporary collectives for emerging artists to work and live together. We offer residencies of 90 days accomodating 6 artists at a time.
The program is self-organised and as a young non-profit organisation unfortunately we're currently unable to provide financial assistance for the artists in residents.
The residency fee is 250.000 ISK (approximately 2000 Euro). The residency fee covers accommodation and studio shared spaces. The 6 artists will have individual bedrooms and share the living and studio spaces. The residency fee is to be paid in advance and is non-refundable. Residents must provide for their own food, travel, and miscellaneous expenses.
Residents will be selected based on the quality of their work, commitment to their practice, and ability to interact positively with the community at large.
Applications for the Heima 2020 residency programs will open fall 2019. Suscribe to our newsletter to be notified when the application opens.
We suggest that you read through our "FAQ" before applying.
About one hundred years ago, Luigi Russolo crafted the golden cage of noise. This was at a time when several bars were needed in order to form a movement. Six bars were constructed to capture the future. Now – one hundred years later – these six bars have been woven into a whip that crackles over a herd of strayed and lost horses. The whip must be melted, forced to flee, isolated, dissolved; it must find its way home.
HEIMA is Icelandic and means ”home”, ”at home”, ”at my home", ”the home of”, ”the home”. From now onwards elevated to sound.
HEIMA is the basis, excluded from everything and contains absolutely nothing. HEIMA is form without substance and intention without doubt. HEIMA is love without a receiver. You are HEIMA.
The perception of development is driven by the illusion of the sweetness of industrialism. Nuances must come forth and the picture must be drawn away from system and noise.
– The instantaneous death of Development.
Our thoughts and societies are constructed on the experience of the past and anticipation of the future. Original ideas require distance to the time and context in which they are to be installed. Timelessly, indefinably.
– The instantaneous death of Originality.
We cannot understand what we have not yet done. If we know what to do, we have already done it and repetition is absolutely useless. The basic assumptions must be challenged.
– The instantaneous death of Comprehension.
We do not believe in dictates of good taste. Aesthetics must be set free and examined without history, method or retrospective foresight.
– The instantaneous death of Aesthetics.
We neither believe in age or employment. We believe in flesh and anything liquid. Consciousness crumbles instantly as it is grasped as a concept. Narrated – disappeared ... Completed – evaporated …
– The instantaneous death of the Citizen.
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Frequently Asked Questions:
Who is eligible to apply?
Emerging and established artists and innovators working in any media and genre are eligible to apply.
I am an "emerging artist", meaning that I'm active in my artistic practice but I do not have an extensive history of exhibiting or selling work. Am I eligible to apply?
Yes. It is in integral to Heima's mission to support up-and-coming artists looking to expand, deepen or redefine their practice. We are most interested with the quality and character of the work submitted.
Are current students and MFA candidates eligible for participation in the Heima Residency Program?
Does the application cost money?
Can I mail a hard copy of my application?
No. only applications submitted online will be considered for admission.
Do you allow collaborators to apply?
Yes, however every artist accepted for the residency will have to pay a full residency fee.
Does Heima offer a stipend or other resources to fund the cost of the residency?
No. Unfortunately, as a young nonprofit organisation, we currently are unable to provide financial assistance for the artists in residents.
I am not able to stay the full residency period - can I still attend?
You can arrive and depart at any date within the residency period you have been selected for. It's not possible to arrive to Heima prior to and after the residency period you have been selcted for.
Does the studio include a living space or will I need to find housing when relocating to Seyðisfjörður?
Yes, Heima is both a living and studio space and all artists will be granted their own bedroom. All bedrooms are different in size and shape.
Are there exhibition opportunities for residents?
There are no guaranteed exhibition opportunities for residents however we do have the capacity to accommodate exhibitions in the studio space. All exhibitions are self-organised.
Do I need to bring my own tools?
Heima "only" has basic equipment - a projector, basic power tools, a small mixer, a set of genelec monitor speakers etc. Residents are urged to bring an adequate stock of art materials and supplies for their residency. If any speacial materials or equipment are needed, you are expected to buy or bring your own.
How do I get to Seyðisfjörður?
If you are travelling from abroad you will have to fly to Keflavik Airport - Reykjavik. From there you will either rent a car and drive (10 hour drive from Reykajvik to Seyðisfjörður) or take a domestic flight from Reykjavik Domestic Airport to Egilsstaðir. This is a one-hour flight and from the airport in Egilsstaðir there will be a bus going to Seyðisfjörður.
Do I need a Visa to attend the residency?
Iceland is a party to the Schengen Agreement. This means that you may enter Iceland without a visa for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes. Nationals of the following countries are exempted from the obligation to carry a visa on arrival in Iceland for a stay of up to three months in all within the Schengen area.
Heima Art Residency is an independent non-profit organisation founded in 2013. It was initiated to provide a space where emerging artists across a variety of disciplines can live and work in close proximity, sharing energies and ideas.
The space is a 350 square meters living and studio space. It's located in Seyðisfjörður - East Iceland, a thriving port that is home to just 700 people and yet manages to support an art school, a cinema, a theatre, a technical museum, restaurants/bars, two artist residencies and the Dieter Roth Academy.
We offer residencies of 50 - 90 days accommodating 6 artists at a time. The residency program is self-organised and applications are accepted twice a year.
In addition to our residencies, on occasion we announce additional special initiatives.