Applications are open

The deadline for the second application round in 2023 is Monday, August 21 at 16.00 UTC +0.

The role of the Visual Arts Fund is to award project grants in the field of visual arts and art research.

Applicant can apply for grants in the following categories:

Preparatory grants: awarded for the preparation and development of major projects for which an application can later be made for implementation funding.

Exhibition grants: for exhibition projects that take place within a defined time frame, with a beginning and end.

Publication, research, or other projects: grant awarded for research on the work of Icelandic artists and for publication of writings about Icelandic art history and the work of Icelandic artists, in addition to other public projects not included in the previous categories.

The Visual Arts Fund grants amount are minimum 300.000 ISK and maximum grant amount is 3.000.000 ISK. The fund covers up to 70% of the estimated total cost of a project, and hence applicants must cover 30%.

In this application round, the fund will allocate 25.5 million ISK. The result will be announced at the end of September.

Further information

In the application a detailed description of the project, background information about the participants, time plan, budget and financing arrangement are requested.

Please note that the fund supports the following cost: fees for consultants and technicians, material and equipment cost, web, and media promotion, cataloging and photographing, design and layout, printing, and other items related to production. The fund does not support travel, operational cost for facilities or studio rent, or hospitality.

If the project is an exhibition series or group exhibition the council advises organizers to hand in one application for the project rather than applications from individual participants. In cases where participants choose to send in individual applications covering their contribution, it is advised not to also send in an application for the whole project.

If an applicant has previously been awarded a grant from the Visual Arts Fund, a final report for that grant must have been received before a new application is considered.

The application forms

The application form is accessible here

Saved or finished applications can be viewed here

A preview of the application form can be viewed here.

Helpful links: Instructions regarding the application, delegation rules, evaluation process, and form for the final report.

The Visual Arts Fund operates in accordance with the Visual Art law 2012 nr. 64:

If questions arise when completing the application form, contact the Icelandic Art Center office, by telephone +354 562 7262, or email: