EDITED 11/1/15 : THANKS TO EVERYONE THAT APPLIED FOR THE ICELAND 2015 RESIDENCY PROGRAM. THE FINAL LIST OF ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE WILL BE ANNOUNCED NOVEMBER 15, 2015. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN JOINING US FOR NEXT YEAR'S RESIDENCY PROGRAM, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO READ THROUGH THE EXPERIENCE BELOW AND SEND US AN EMAIL AND WE CAN NOTIFY YOU AS SOON AS OUR APPLICATIONS ARE AVAILABLE FOR THE 2016 PROGRAM! HELLO@LIGHTGREYARTLAB.COM
Light Grey Art Lab is a community oriented arts organization dedicated to bringing practicing artists together to exhibit, collaborate, learn and share.
Join a small team of exceptional creators and academics on a journey of discovery, collaboration and inspiration to one of the most incredible and fragile landscapes in the world. Dipping into the Arctic Circle, Iceland's landscape is a paradoxically gorgeous mixture of fire and ice, home to fragile (but hardy) varieties of lichen, bird-life, and glaciers . We welcome artists from all over the world to apply for this residency and are looking forward to the diverse backgrounds and perspectives we'll share abroad.
Our upcoming 6 day / 5 night residency will take place July 31st, 2015 through the August 5th, 2015 in Southern Iceland at an old farmstead near the city of Vik. We have rented this old farm-house as the home-base of our exploratory journey, where we will share concepts, conversations and experiences.
This Past Year
Our 2014 residency program was an incredible adventure. Our artists in residence in 2014 were Gloria Pizzilli, Mike Freeman, Meg Hunt, Maike Plenzke, Teagan White, Sam Bosma, Kali Ciesemier, B. Paul Patterson, Colin Foran, Claire Hummel and Manuel Kilger, accompanied by Light Grey Art Lab staff members, Lindsay Nohl, Jenny Bookler and Chris Hajny. Each artist brought with them their diverse professional backgrounds in everything from Visual Development, Art Direction, Comics, Illustration, Academia, Photography among others in addition to coming from all corners of the United States, Germany and Italy. We'll be sharing a recap from our 2014 soon! We welcome artists from all over the world to apply for this residency and are looking forward to the diverse backgrounds and perspectives we'll share abroad.
We want to invite you to join us in a collaborative journey that incorporates learning, discovery and exploration amongst a rugged, majestic landscape as create and stretch our creative practices amidst the untamed wilderness. Not only are we hoping that the experience renews a sense of wonder in the way you make, but it can also influence the creative processes and considerations of your students, colleagues and peers. We have an opportunity to learn from each other's practices in a collaborative environment, engage in rich discussions about our work and about the world we live in.
Light Grey Art Lab founders Lindsay Nohl and Chris Hajny have traveled to Iceland a handful of times in the last several years on a journey to explore their own creative practice and to be influenced by the landscape. Each journey has inspired new perspectives, not only in creating, but on the fragile nature of places like Iceland's shrinking glacial formations, a hardy culture, and an ancient history. Our art and our lives have been transformed by what we've learned from our travels to Iceland. We also wish to reference the hard work and studies of individuals like James Balog, the National Geographic photographer-turned-scientist, whose interdisciplinary approach to landscape has inspired him to be an advocate of the space, as well as how we see the world.
The environment in Iceland is entrancing on a grand, and primal level, and we wish to bring leaders in the arts world together here to learn and share thoughts on creativity, problem solving and ideation, and learn more about why we need to use our power as creators in art, illustration and design to change minds and make an impact upon our return.
Our trip will include 6 days in Iceland, starting in Reykjavik, Iceland's capital city where we will coordinate a pick up for all artists in residence and depart for the rugged terrain and head to an old farmhouse where we will spend the next 5 nights creating, sharing processes and making day trips to some of Iceland's most majestic and secluded spots.
The southern area of Iceland is packed with natural wonders such as the famous (and well trodden) Blue Lagoon, Geysir, and Gulfoss... as well as off the beaten tracks of land that lead directly up to the tongues of Vatnajokull, Iceland's largest glacier. Crystal clear water breaks upon black basalt beaches and volcanic landscapes are softened with mounds of spongy green moss and lichen.
We have rented an old farmhouse on the south side of Iceland where we will host lively discussion about process and creating, as well as host studio time for those individuals that are inspired to create. Family style meals will be prepared and we will be renting a van to take day trips out to the wilderness where we'll have plenty of time to explore and experience Iceland to it's fullest.
How we learn and create
Part of the experience we are looking to create involves a willingness to embrace experimentation, sharing concepts and conversation, and engaging in new ways of ideating. As part of the program, we have set out to include some incredible objectives for our trip.
• Each morning we'll join for coffee, tea and a continental breakfast as we prepare for the day's trip. Bagged lunches will be prepared before departing and we'll meet to chat about the day's activities.
• As we start our day, we'll head out on a day trip to a different exotic location. These will include hikes to a variety of secluded natural wonders, where we'll spend the day exploring, sketching, and experiencing. How you spend this time will be up to you, and we'll be providing a series of optional exercises or prompts for those people wishing to challenge themselves.
• As part of our exploratory journey, we will be recording (audio and video) our explorations, conversations, and the results of our collaborations. We wish to capture the spontaneity of some of our moments as well our reflections on the process as it unfolds.
• We will return in the evening to a family style dinner, followed by a round-table discussion and sharing about the day's events.
• Throughout the week each artist will be asked to lead a casual mini workshop on ideating, sketching, techniques, or another personal process with the rest of the group. Our objective with this is to expand each other's practice and to explore within our creating.
• The rest of the evening is open for creating, relaxing or otherwise!
The cost of the residency covers meals, transportation, gas, and lodging for 6 days and 5 nights in Iceland. The airfare is not covered and is the responsibility of the guest. We recommend Iceland Air as they have great fares, but there may also be other airlines that offer great deals to Reykjavik.
If you are interested in more information about the cost of the residency, feel free to email us at email@example.com and we'd be happy to send you more information. Additionally, we will be sending out this information to all individuals that have requested information via email, and all applicants that submit their information via our residency application above.
What to expect:
• We will be sharing an old farm-house with a variety of sleeping options. The trip itself will be cozy and simple, but comfortable. All guests will be provided their own simple bed / mattress and rooms will be double or triple occupancy in dorm-style accommodations. We will try our best to accommodate room-mate requests. Creative couples will most likely receive the small rooms with double beds, and individual travelers will be in shared rooms, with single beds. More information will be provided upon sign-up.
• Iceland is quite rugged and our travels will lead us to strange and exotic atmospheres, so we suggest bringing a variety of warm, layered clothing including a waterproof jacket and boots and we ask all applicants to consider that we will be walking, hiking, and traveling for most of each day.
• Since we are right about at the Arctic Circle, it will be light out about about 20 hours of the day.
• The weather ranges from 50 to 70 degrees depending on our location, and the temperature drops at night and when we are near large patches of ice.
• We will help facilitate all schedules including arrivals, departures, programming and schedule for our day trips and will be reaching out to all artists in residence in the weeks before our journey to help provide additional resources and information about the experience.
• The cost of the trip is non-refundable, so please feel free to ask any questions.
Giving Back to the Community
As part of this collaboration, we will be hosting a permanent archive on the Light Grey Art Lab gallery site, celebrating the process and the outcome from our time in Iceland. We look forward to documenting and sharing process, sketches, and experimentation that came out of our time together. This includes artwork created while on our trip, as well as artwork created afterward that was inspired by your time abroad.
We wish to host a screening of the movie Chasing Ice - featuring the work of photographer and naturalist James Balog, at Light Grey Art Lab following our journey as well, and will be reaching out to contact several climate-change specialists to hear their perspective via our podcast. Since we host programming at Light Grey Art Lab that incorporates an educational aspect of making, we wish to begin conversations renewing our practice through this experience.
We will also be hosting a series of podcasts created during our stay that features audio-diaries and reflections of the participants, which we will ask you to be a part of while we travel. These will be shared on the internet as well in the hopes that we may share our experiences with our own communities and those beyond our reach.
The idea is that, as creative forces, we may be able to learn and be inspired by each other in ways we may never have had the chance, through working together, exploring and learning.
As innovators and instructors, we have the ability to experience this landscape like many people can not, through physical and artistic exploration as well as reflection through our creative and academic work -- with the potential to share our knowledge and our visions of this shrinking landscape.
Below you'll see the location of our farm-house (in pink), showing our home base. We will be traveling by 4x4 and will be on the road the majority of the day, and returning by night. We have a prime location for the experience, as it's centrally located between many of Iceland's wonderful natural landscapes.
We hope you can join us for this year's Iceland Residency Program. To apply, please submit the application form at the top of the page and we will email you within two weeks of receiving your application. The final date to submit an application is NOVEMBER 1st, 2014. We will be notifying all applicants of their status and publicly announcing our artist-in-residence list at that time for the 2015 residency program.
Please note that we are looking for a group of individuals with diverse backgrounds in art, culture and practice, and we would love to hear about your expertise, interests and anything else you may wish to add. Our application process celebrates these details and we look forward to putting together an incredible team of artists-in-residence for 2015!
Thank you, in advance, for your interest. Please let us know if you have any questions about the experience, or anything else and we would be happy to accommodate.
Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or interest and we'd be happy to send you information about the cost of the residency or any other information.
Here's to an incredible adventure in 2015!
Founder, Light Grey Art Lab