Expired: OPEN CALL: The Living Art Museum

04.08.22 | Opslagstavle

The Living Art Museum is calling for applications for the museum’s autumn exhibition in 2023.

Special emphasis is placed on collaboration, process and conversation. Artists are invited to apply on the basis of their own work and artistic process, instead of submitting a pre-defined exhibition proposal. When reviewing applications, the board of The Living Art Museum selects up to five artists to work together on the museum’s autumn exhibition in 2023, and therefore applicants have to be open to collaboration with other artists.

The Living Art Museum provides professional and artistic support in the preparation of the exhibition, and the selected group is free to explore the possibilities of the collaboration in any preferred way, be it co-creation of works, bringing previous works together or any other experiment with the format of a group exhibition.

Applications will be accepted until midnight August 31, 2022.

Applicants will receive an answer before the end of September 2022.

The exhibition period will be August to September 2023 in the exhibition space of The Living Art Museum, Marshallhúsið. Here is a drawing of the space and here are images. Please note those links are for clarity only, we are not requesting a fully-formed exhibition proposal at this point.


The application must include:

# 1 —  Applicant’s name, e-mail address, phone number and date of birth.

# 2 — Brief description of the applicant’s artistic practice, e.g. reflections on methods, areas of interest, approach, development and / or future goals. Maximum of 1 page.

# 3 —  Five images of previous works. For time-related works, videos or audio works, insert a link that leads directly to Vimeo, Youtube or similar services and not as a files via e-mail.

# 4 —  CV, maximum of 1 page


Deadline: August 31 2022.

Applications must be sent to nylo (at) nylo.is marked application_2022. Printed applications will not be accepted. Inquiries can be sent to the same email address.

Applications and all related material should be submitted as one PDF document. The files must not be larger than 10 MB. Applications that do not comply with the requested requirements and guidelines or if any documents are missing will not be considered.

Please note: The board of Nýló will select artists from the group of applicants, to create an exhibition together. Therefore applicants have to be open towards collaborations. Possible collaborations will be discussed during interviews in the selection process.


The Living Art Museum’s contribution:

— Artists’ fees for the exhibition and participation in one artist talk / guided tour

— Communication and PR

— Project management and artistic support

— Installation assistance

— Photo documentation

— Application writing and fundraising

Please note: The Living Art Museum can not contribute to travel and/or accommodation for artists based outside of Iceland but will assist with fundraising for travels. As a collaborative project it’s important that the selected artists can meet in person at least once.


Selection process:

The board of the Living Art Museum makes the selection and the aim is to announce the result by the end of September 2022. The selection process takes place in two phases. In the first, the submitted applications will be reviewed, where special attention will be paid to creating new dialogues and encounters between artists and practices that are not obvious. After that, selected candidates will be invited for an interview where possible artist constellations will be discussed, before a final decision is made.



By inviting different artists to develop an exhibition together, undoubtedly unexpected situations will emerge. A forum for experimentation and creative collaboration where different perspectives, materials and methods meet. The aim of the application process is to promote innovation and new productions, and open up to unexpected, active and polyphonic dialogues where artistic work and creativity lead the way.

By inviting artists to submit applications based on their processes and practices, The Living Art Museum makes an effort to follow recent efforts made by international exhibition venues, aiming towards shaping their activities according to artistic practice and artists’ subjects, rather than artists fitting their work to the environment of institutions.


The Living Art Museum emphasizes the diversity of perspectives and experiments in contemporary fine art practises. In line with the museum’s history, Nýló seeks to open the public’s eyes to the relative aesthetics of contemporary art and the changing subjects of contemporary artists, which often go hand in hand with current social issues. The aim of the coming years is to work against inequality and discrimination of all kinds and to promote breadth and development within the field, regardless of gender, sexuality, class, ethnicity or age.  All of the museum’s activities will take that policy into account, from collecting, communication with the public and exhibitions, including the selection of exhibiting artists.