Open Call: Icelandic Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale, deadline 1.3.2018

The Venice Biennale is one of the oldest and most prestigious art event in the world, established in 1895. Iceland first participated in the Biennale in 1960. The Icelandic Art Center manages the Icelandic Pavilion on behalf of the Ministry of Education, Science, and Culture.


The deadline for sending in an application is 1 March 2018.

The application process is two-fold; The scientific board of the Center, along with two guests from the art scene, will select three  proposals that will go into further development for the final selection (see below).

At the end of May, the Center will announce which project will represent Iceland in the Icelandic Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2019.




The application process is in two stages:

  1. 1. Submission of proposals is 1 March 2018. All proposals will be reviewed by the scientific board of the Center.
  2. 2. Three proposals will be shortlisted for further development. Deadline for handing in these proposals are 3 May 2016.



Artists, curators, and a team of curator and artist/-s may apply. The project must include a minimum of one artist who lives and works in Iceland or who is an Icelandic citizen.


  • – The artist/-s must have significant exhibition experience of Icelandic and international art forums.
  • – The curator must have extensive experience of curating international exhibitions in addition to relevant experience in managing complex projects, budget, and production planning and reporting.
  • – The artist and the curator must commit to realise the project in collaboration with the Icelandic Art Center and follow production procedures.



Deadline to send in proposals is 1st of March 2018 


Project proposals must include the following:

  • – CV of artist/-s
  • – CV of curator and others of the team
  • – Description of the proposal, the subject or the concept that the artist / the team will be using as their source. (max 1500 words)
  • – Arguments why the proposal and its makers should present Iceland in the international context of the Venice Biennale. (max 500 words)



The scientific board of the IAC is appointed with two members of the IAC board and the director of the IAC, and may additionally involve external experts. The scientific board examines all applications. When that work is completed (at the end of March 2018) the aim is to introduce the proposals that have been selected  to continue into further development. The scientific board may reject all proposals.

The shortlisted applicants will receive an amount of 250.000 ISK each to develop their projects further.

During the selection process for the final proposal the IAC’s scientific board enlists the assistance of two guests who work within the international art scene. The scientific board is an advisory party to the IAC board that makes the final decision on what proposal will be Iceland’s contribution to the 58th Venice Biennale in 2019.


On 3 May 2018, the shortlisted applicants will be invited to present their proposals to thescientific board.

  • Each artist/team is granted one hour to present their final proposal.


The shortlisted final proposals must include the following: 

  1. 1. The concept of the proposal and the value of the artist/-s and the curator in context of the Icelandic and international art scenes.
  2. 2. Thorough description of the proposal.
  3. 3. Budget and production plan based on actual price estimates.
  4. 4. Proposal of a programme in connection with the exhibition (guided tours, symposium, and events) may be included at this stage.

Applicants must hand in all documents listed above to the scientific board before the presentation.


The winning proposal that will present Iceland at the Icelandic Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2019 will be announced at the end of May 2018.

The IAC assists the representatives of the Icelandic Pavilion with technical and bureaucratic matters in accordance with an agreement between all parties, and is the responsible institution for the production to the Venice Biennale and Icelandic authorities.



Proposals should be sent to the Icelandic Art Center through e-mail to . Deadline for submission is 1 March 2018.

All documents must be sent in digital format. We encourage the use of platforms such as Youtube, Vimeo, and Wetransfer to send in documents and links to digital material.



Contact Björg Stefánsdóttir, director of IAC, ., tel:  +354 562 7262.

For information on previous exhibitions in the Icelandic Pavilion please visit our website.