Iceland Performing Arts Residency

The Iceland Performing Arts Residency supports professional Manitoban performing artists to undertake a one-month residency in Skagaströnd Iceland, at the Nes Artist Residency. The Nes Artist Residency is one of the larger artist residences in Iceland and is located in Skagaströnd a small town in the northwest. Nes hosts between 90-120 international artists per year.

The Nes Artist Residency

Nes is a multidisciplinary process-based residency that aims to provide opportunities for global artistic exchange, as well as an immersive space for creation/development of projects. Due to the intimate relationship between Nes and the community of Skagaströnd Nes also places an emphasis on community engagement and collaboration.

Artists are expected to speak about their work at an artist presentation following arrival and to share their work at an open studio at the end of their residency. There will also be opportunities to engage in other programmed events held by Nes, including a community pot-luck dinner.

Residence accommodation is a private bedroom in a shared house with other artists. Studio space is a designated work space in an open-plan shared studio. For dance artists, a private dance studio is available.

Artist in Residence in Iceland 2016


Alexandra Elliott is the artist in residence at the Nes Artist Residency. Born and raised in Winnipeg Alexandra Elliott is a dedicated contemporary dance artist, whose dances have been produced in Winnipeg, New York, Toronto, and Edmonton.

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Cellist Leanne Zacharias is an interdisciplinary artist and educator whose dynamic practice features new music, site-specific performance and collaboration with artists of all stripes.

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