What is "Moving Lights" residency program?
It refers not only to the Northern Lights that occurs during this special time of the year. It also refers to the changing seasons with more and less daylight. Light is moving and changing, from night to day, from summer to winter. Light changes in colours and in intensity, from a light glow to a shining bright light. We can also switch light on and off with one touch. Light is always moving, light leaves traces...
So during this special time we are looking for artists who work with light or who use light, natural light and of course electric light, as the main topic of their work. Or maybe you are just inspired by the theme and want to break through the darkness and bring us your light.
It does not matter if you create lightsculptures or if you are a (light-painting-) photographer, dancer, singer, musician, poet, or installation artist. Whether you want to move light or the light moves you, we are curious about your application.
Listhús in Ólafsfjörður offers a special countryside and environment to create such great and unique possibilities to work, all nearby, e.g. beach, harbour, factories, lonely valleys and lakes.
If you ever want to work with light, do it in Ólafsfjörður now, or never...
Program hosted and curated by Anno Weihs (Germany)
Residency period: 01/11/18 to 12/12/18
Are you interested in living in a gallery? Do you have idea for engaging public through art?
We are looking for artists who would like to both live and work in the gallery/studio space of Listhus. This allows for a closer connection to one’s working process, with a larger than usual working space. Essentially half the Listhus main residency building will be put at the disposal of an individual or artist team. Ample living space provided within the Listhus studio with a very large working space within the Listhus gallery. The project aims at providing exhibition and working space for artists doing experiments that they cannot implement elsewhere. Applicants should propose a public art project that is fully utilizes the Listhus gallery, such as hosting seminars or workshops, performances, exhibitions, etc. Projects should ideally be designed for involving the public and/or having the potential to attract the public to the gallery. The gallery should be open for the public 6-12 hours a week.
Terms and conditions:
Artists are provided living and working space in the gallery, however all transportation, living and art materials expenses and insurance must be taken care of by the individual artist. A 10,000kr cleaning deposit should be paid before arrival. It will be refund when the condition is checked as good as it was.
Application deadline: 15 September (for next year)
Application fee: 15 euro (non-refundable)
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Landscape Ultimate is our prior project focusing on exploring the possibilities of landscape painting. Why Landscape painting?
The landscape in Olafsfjordur is always changing, from day to night, from sunny to misty, to raining, to snowing, all could happen in 2 hours. If you are lucky enough, you can experience 4 seasons in one day. The weather variety makes painting landscape a bit difficult, also more interesting and challenging.
Through these three years, there were always 1 or 2 painters painting landscape monthly, but we never experience six artists working on the "landscape" together. We are looking forward to see the result. This time, we selected six young artists from different disciplines and from different culture, from western to eastern.
Circle Yang Mei Ching (China, Hong Kong) | visual artist
Dervla O Flaherty (Ireland) | painter
Ella West (Britian) | painter
Haylee Ebersole (USA) | visual artist
Lorraine Heller-Nicholas (Australia) | animator/visual artist
Shani Banerjee (USA) | photographer
Wu Shengzhi (China) | visual artist
Exhibition details here
“Norðurljósasögur” project is included a printed book with Northern Light photos taken in the north Iceland and a series of art exhibitions in the theme of Northern Light during September to December 2013.
The open call starts at March and end at June. Finally, we got eight "local" photographers involved on the books. They tell stories about the pictures as well. And have two exhibitions were held in Olafsfjordur and Akureyri.
18-25 October 2013 | Listhus gallery and Tjarnaborg (details)
2-3. November 2013 | 13:00-17:00 | Deiglan, Akureyri (details)
What is Troll Festival?
"Troll" as a theme: Fairy tales among Tröllaskaga + natural resources (landscape, stones/rocks) + Art creativities (handcraft, outdoor sculptures, parade, dance, music…etc)
An Icelander on the Moon | 13.06.2014 | 20:00 | Listhus gallery
Walk with Julie Seiller | 19.06.-3. 8. 2014 | outdoor
Silk painting workshop | 19 & 20.06.2014 | 09:00~16:00 | Menntaskólinn á Tröllaskaga
Trollaskaga Art Festival | 25~29.07 | Tjarnarborg
Dancing in Trol Art Festival| 8 & 17.08.2014
What is host artist?
A host artist is an artist who is Listhus residency artist performs as a role of managing director. It is a temporary post without any long term commitment/responsibility. However, It is not a paid job, but the big part of your reward is you are getting a great chance to fulfil your personal achievement.
1) To bring new ideas and energy to Listhus
2) To provide mature/established artists a unique opportunity to work on their own projects that they can't find elsewhere
3) To create a membership management program at Listhus
Who can apply?
1) Former residency artists (we need the artists have been staying in Listhus/Olafsfjordur)
2) Artists are ready to move to the host level (leading role) of a residency program
Tasks and duties:
1) Arranging and hosting the monthly welcome party for new residents, and end of residency publicity
2) Having a site-specify project or research to be accomplished during the host residency
3) Host residents should stay 3-6 months, a longer period can be considered based on the size of the
What does the host artist receive?
1) Free accommodation and use of studio space
2) The minimum contract period is 3 months. If the host artists signs a second contract, they receive 50,000kr for transportation
3) Host artists have the right to select residents during their host period if they want to take the role for selecting artist or need to select artists to respond their proposal project.
How to apply?
Contact Alice Liu at email@example.com with your proposal and host date.
Skammdegi in Icelandic means the Dark Winter, a condition that is a yearly right of passage in this part of the world. At it’s darkest on December 21, the mysterious local daylight is present for less than 4 hours, the rest is night. Surrounded by mountains on three sides and looking directly at the Northern Atlantic on the other, Olafsfjordur in North Iceland is the uniquely beautiful location of Listhús. During the months of December and January, the sun never rises higher than the surrounding mountains. The land is covered by a mysterious light reflected from the snow-covered mountains. The atmosphere creates a special environmental and emotional challenge. Local people eager to raise their spirits in the long night light up their houses with colourful lights and celebrate the distinctive Icelandic Christmas traditions till January 6th. As the winter progresses, the sun gradually climbs the mountains until the first ray of sunshine glows on the highest local peak on January 21. By the end of the month the sunshine will once again reach the town itself.
Skammdegi Program started from 2015 and is running from Dec to early Feb annually. For details, please visit Skammdegi website