Applications open - autumn round of 2024


The deadline for the autumn application round of the Icelandic Visual Arts Fund in 2024 is at 16.00 on Monday, August 19. The role of the Icelandic Visual Arts Fund is to award project grants in the field of visual arts and art research. Eligible applicants are visual artists, curators, art historians, and self-employed professionals in the visual art field.

The Fund provided the following types of grants:

  • Preparatory grants: awarded for preparing and developing major projects for which an application can later be made for implementation funding
  • Exhibition grants: for exhibition projects within a defined time frame, with a beginning and end
  • Publication, research, or other projects: 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

According to the Visual Arts Council allocation policy the following projects have priority:

  • projects that support the implementation of the Governments Visual Art policy and the actions that fall under the scope of the Visual Art Council
  • projects that promote international cooperation and facilitate the promotion of Icelandic art abroad
  • diverse projects in the field of art, i.e. regarding sustainability and cultural diversity
  • projects carried out in connection with art festivals and residencies in Iceland and abroad
  • projects based on research collaboration and publication of art

The Fund’s minimum grant amount is 300.000 ISK, and the maximum is 3.000.000 ISK. The fund covers up to 70% of the estimated total project budget.

Please note that if the project is an exhibition series or group exhibition organizers are advised 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 apply to the whole project.

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

In this application round, the fund will allocate 30 million ISK. The result will be announced at the end of September.

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The application form

The application form is available here

Saved or finished applications can be viewed here

A preview of the application form can be seen here

The following is requested in the application:

  • information about the applicant and participants
  • CV
  • image that can be used for PR purposes
  • detailed description of the project
  • time plan
  • budget and financing arrangement

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

Useful links

Icelandic Visual Arts Fund webpage

The Visual Art Act 2012 nr. 64


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

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