Go Where the Sun Don’t Shine!

Here’s your opportunity to spend 12 weeks living without direct sunlight, crafting your art in the Icelandic winter. Sound like fun? Read on…

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Skammdegi in Icelandic means dark winter or short sunlight winter. December 21 is the shortest day in Iceland. The sunlight is from 11am to 3pm only. Listhús í Fjallabyggð is located in Olafsfjordur, north Iceland where is rounded by mountains. So during December and January, the sun never can raise up higher than the mountains. Resulting, the lands are always covered by a mysterious reflective lighting. To push up the spirit, people eager to light up the house with Christmas lights and joy with 13-Yule Lads, Icelandic Santa Claus until 6 January. The sun climbs up bit by bit until the first shinning line shows on the peak on January 21 and the sunshine reaches the ground until end of the month.

For Listhus AiR SKAMMDEGI Award winners, Listhus offer its accommodation and working space for full or half grant during your 12 weeks stay to maximize the possibility to explore in the dark winter. All the winners can participant Skammdegishátíð 2016.

For whom

Artists, writers, musicians, and researchers (individually or in group) who like to take the challenge/enjoy a dark winter.
Proposals must focus mainly on content of the work and the process of working resulting in a presentation in our space. Projects must have a strong site specify concept and/or with interactive elements with locals and/or environment. Do not take this too literally, feel free to propose the unexpected, and be bold! We strongly advise you to read into the residency’s website: www.listhus.com prior to submitting a proposal.

Duration and costs

Duration: 12 weeks, 7 December 2015 and 26th February 2016

Paid by host:
Full grant: Accommodation, studio and gallery (equal to the value of 1,650 to 2,400 euro)
Half grant: 50% fee reduction (equal to the value of 825 to 1,200 euro)

Paid by Artists
Travel, living and production expenses must be paid by artists.
Also, overseas artists are asked to get insurance before departure.

How To Apply

  1. Application Fee: In order to apply, Listhus requests an application fee of €15,-. Collected funds cover basic administrations costs. The application fee should be transferred to Listhus’ PayPal account with email address listhus-ses@listhus.com. Fees paid are non-refundable. Without received payment your application will not be considered.
  2. Application Form (Please find here – word document)
  3. CV/ Artist Profile
  4. Relevant images, audios, videos, magazines, website links
  5. At least two recommendation letters

Please send listed items by e-mail to award@listhus.com before April 30, 2015. For more information, please contact listhus@listhus.com or visit: http://www.listhus.com.