Icelandic Art Center
Icelandic Art Center
01. 08 2013
Call for proposals for the Icelandic contribution to the Venice Biennale

Call for proposals for the Icelandic contribution to the 2015 Venice Biennale

The Icelandic Art Center calls for proposals for the Icelandic representative/representatives at the 2015 Venice Biennale. Submitted proposals will form the foundation of a co-operation agreement that the Icelandic Art Center will enter into with the responsible parties behind the chosen proposal.


The proposal shall include:

  • Name and CV of the artist/artists
  • Name and CV of partners, e.g. curator
  • Theme/ideological basis that the artist/team will be working with
  • A thorough argument describing for the relevance of the artist/artists in question in the international context of the Venice Biennale.
  • Preliminary budget plan and suggestions for funding.


The following will add further impact to the proposal:

  • A detailed description of the execution of the exhibition/work
  • Information regarding other partners, e.g. museums, galleries, publishers.
  • A detailed budget and funding plan.
  • The proposal reflects and draws on Icelandic culture or society


The Professional Committee of the Icelandic Art Center will review all proposals. Those who submit proposals which seem viable will be invited to present their proposals in depth to the Committee.


The final proposal selection will be based on several factors, such as the ideological content of the project, the importance of the artist/artists in the context of Icelandic and/or international contemporary visual arts, and the following criteria:

  • The artist/artists in question is interesting and can provide a notable portfolio
  • The professional background of the proposal is sound
  • The submitted proposal speaks directly to our times and addresses important issues, both locally and internationally
  • One or more of the following has clear ties to Iceland: Artist, curator, partnership institution/organization or other partnership parties.


The Icelandic Art Center will, as before, be the responsible party as regards the administration of the Icelandic Pavilion and will oversee its design, all practical affairs, public relations and other standard procedures.


Please keep in mind that this is not a call for suggestions but for partners who are able to follow a project through to its final execution.


Proposals are to be submitted in writing to The Icelandic Art Center, Gimli/Lækjargötu 3, 101 Reykjavík, or by e-mail at


Proposals may be submitted until Sunday, September 1st 2013 at the latest.


For further information about the Icelandic Pavilion at the 2015 Venice Biennale, go to