St Norbert art teacher to take residence in Iceland


Amanda Marsh. Picture: St Norbert College
Amanda Marsh. Picture: St Norbert College

ST NORBERT College visual arts students consider themselves lucky to have artist Amanda Marsh as their teacher.

Out of school, she is an award-winning artist, an achievement that inspires students to develop their own talents.

Next year, Marsh’s artistic journey will take her to Scandinavia, where she will stay for two months in residence in Skagastrond, Iceland.

NES Artist Residency was founded in March 2008 in Skagastrond, a small town in north-west Iceland.

The first artists in residence arrived in June of that year and currently hosts between 90-120 artists per year.

NES provides artists with a workspace and living quarters in Skagastrond, and the freedom to create as they wish.During their stay, artists live in three shared houses throughout the town; the NES studios, located at Fjorubraut 8, are housed in what once was the main fish processing plant of Skagaströnd.

Marsh will commence her residency at the multidisciplinary space in January 2017.

“Immersing myself in Skagastrond where every aspect of the geography, light, language, culture and habits are so utterly different, will provide a fantastic opportunity to explore my work in a more systematic way,” Marsh said.

During her time there she will experience the stunning, challenging environment of the remote location.

The NES residency is a process-orientated residence that encourages artists to draw inspiration from the place and take advantage of the solitude.

“Being able to immerse myself in the eternal twilight of an Icelandic winter will help me expand my repertoire of colour harmonies,” she said.

“Colour is such an essential part of my art, in generating emotive and phenomenal responses in my views.”

The average maximum daytime temperature in Iceland in January is 1C, with one hour of bright sunshine each day, with average night-time temperatures dropping to -4C.

March is also the only Western Australian finalist for the prestigious Bruny Island Art Prize and was the recent winner of the Mandjar Art Award.