Open Call Residency for LGBTQIA+ artists and activists at Heima Collective
Heima Collective wants to highlight the importance of the queer community in the East of Iceland through a residency program for artists and activists from the LGBTQIA+ community.
The residency aims to provide arts and cultural opportunities to queer artists and activists from around the world through exchange and sharing of artistic skills, exhibitions, public screenings, performances, workshops and collaborative creation in a site-specific context.
The residency program provides a residency for 6 international artists and activists that identify within the LGBTQIA+ community. The residency program in Heima Collective offers a space to live, work, share, experiment and discuss together whilst staying in Seyðisfjörður, Iceland.
The residency program is for multidisciplinary queer artists, activists that reflect on queer related topics and highlight the trajectory and longevity of the LGBTQIA+ movement through their practices.
The residency offers a program of 6 weeks (1 September 2022 till 13 October 2022 )
The framework of the residency program is partly created by Ra Tack who offers fundamental guidelines regarding queerness, formed from years of experience, and partly created by the needs and aims of the current queer artists, activists in residence. The needs and aims are very much in constant flux but focuses on creating a safe space for LGBTQIA+ artists and giving a voice to a marginalized community. Alongside Ra Tack, Sesselja Hlín Jónasardóttir and Björt Sigfinnsdóttir will host the residency. The queer artists, activists in residence will collectively organize themselves in the space regarding workspace, sleeping space and scheduling of shared meals, with strict consideration and care for the maintenance of the house and respect for each other. Artists in residence should aim to work with each other and with the local community. Every week there is a public presentation to share individual, collaborative works and work in progress.
The public presentation will take place within the Heima Collective space and Herdubreid Community Center in Seyðisfjörður. It is open to the public, which includes passers by, residents, and invited public. The events are advertised through social networks and posters.
The residency program offers a residency of 6 weeks.
The total amount of residents are 6 artists.
It is possible to apply as an artist couple.
The working languages are English, Dutch and Icelandic.
The deadline is 1 March 2022 at 11.59 pm
Heima is an independent non-profit organization 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 practices 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 650 people and yet manages to support a local art school, an art centre, a cinema, a museum, restaurants/bars, two artist residencies and the Dieter Roth Academy.
The space provides on the first floor a living room, a dining room, a kitchen and bathroom on the first floor on the west side of the house. On the east side of the house you can find a studio space which provides three private studios, two bigger communal studios, a cozy hang out space with a fireplace, a work-and tool space, a laundry room and a small storage cave.
On the second floor you can find 1 single-person bedroom, 2 two-person bedrooms and a bathroom. On the third floor (attic) you can find 2 single-person bedrooms and 1 two-person bedroom.
We have a small garden with a big tree and a rose bush. And a big terrace on the south side of the house.
Residents must provide for their own food, travel, and miscellaneous expenses.
The residency fee is to be paid in advance and is non-refundable at any point during and after the residency.
For international artists
6 weeks; 110.000 ISK
(all currency in Icelandic Krónur)
Expenses paid by artist
Expenses paid by Heima
Communication material (posters, flyers…)
Support from Heima Collective
Heima is run by artists, who are living and working within the Heima space. Ra Tack, Sesselja Hlín Jónasardóttir and Björt Sigfinnsdóttir will guide and help the artists to connect with the local neighborhood and artistic community. They will also be active in supporting the artists personal artistic practice, with finding relevant materials and tools, potential critics, etc.
Application form (how to apply)
a letter of motivation max. 1 page
Why do you want to be a resident in the residency for LGBTQIA+ artists and activists at Heima Collective ?
Do you have any experience in collective structures / residencies?
project idea or research description max. 1 page
a short CV including age / nationality / languages / Email / skype name/website
written biography including any information you find relevant for us to get a sense of who you are. max. 1 page
Documentation of your work online links or attached documentation
Extra information (emergency contact -1 or 2 people- and other valuable information that you wish to express )
Residents will be selected by Ra Tack, Sesselja Hlín Jónasardóttir and Björt Sigfinnsdóttir based on the quality of their work, commitment to their practice, and ability to interact positively with the community at large.
Please send all materials to firstname.lastname@example.org
For any questions please contact us at the same address.
Deadline 1 march 2022 11.59 pm
Heima Art Collective is an ecology consisting of fifteen collaborators with various practices and relations to Seyðisfjörður and with varied proximity to current circumstances, experience an intensified sensation of care-relations to people, non-humans, landscapes and the communities they form. It is from these positions we share our voice in unison in our first publication. Publication Crystals#001 printed in Seyðisfjörður with Foss Publications and distributed in conjunction with List í ljósi 2021.
We encourage applications from Icelandic and International contemporary artists working in a wide range of disciplines including visual art, film, text work, 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 50 or 80 days accommodating 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 150.000 ISK (approximately 1100 Euro) for 50 days and 250.000 ISK (approximately 1800 Euro) for 80 days. The residency fee covers accommodation and studio space. The 6 artists will have individual bedrooms and shared 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.
!!! Extra application round !!!
Due to covid-cancellations we have a few spots available in our residency period early August until late October. The maximum stay is 80 days, but you are welcome to apply for shorter periods (minimum 1 month). Deadline for applications are July 10th and we'll be in touch with everyone shortly thereafter.
Send applications diretly to email@example.com including brief motivational letter and portfolio.
For questions contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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 lost horses. The whip must be melted, forced to flee, isolated, dissolved; it must find its way home.
HEIMA is Icelandic. It means ”home”, ”at home”, ”at my home", ”the home of”, ”the home”. HEIMA is the basis, excluded from everything and contains absolutely nothing. From now onwards elevated to sound.
We believe that 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 systems and their 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. Without time, without anticipation.
– 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. This basic assumptions must be challenged.
– The instantaneous death of Aesthetics.
We do not believe in dictations of good taste. Aesthetics must be set free and examined without history, method or retrospective foresight. We believe in flesh and anything liquid.
Consciousness crumbles instantly as it is grasped as a concept. Narrated – disappeared. Completed – evaporated.
Heima website designed by Line Gry Hørup.
Heima website developed by Andreas Øby Kjeldsen.
All photos on the Heima website by Troels Rasmus Jensen.
Heima on Res Artis
Heima on Transartists
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Heima on Common Field
A big thank you to the people who have supported Heima
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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 own housing in 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 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 fly to Keflavik Airport, which is located 50 minutes outside 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 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 practises and ideas.
Since 2020 Heima functions as a collective that offers residencies, special intitiatives and projects.
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 650 people and yet manages to support a local art school, an art centre, a theatre, a movie theater, a museum, restaurants/bars, two artist residencies and the Dieter Roth Academy.