Jan Michalski Foundation, Switzerland (2017)
During November/December 2017 Nancy was writer-in-residence at the Jan Michalski Foundation for Writing and Literature in the Jura, Switzerland. This residency supported the completion of a translation of ‘Chants d’Ammasalik’, songs from East Greenland collected by the French anthropologist Paul-Émile Victor.
Institute of Gunnar Gunnarsson (2017)
Nancy was writer-in-residence at Skriðuklaustur, the former home of novelist Gunnar Gunnarsson, during autumn 2017. She used the time to explore the Vatnajökull National Park, and completed her non-fiction book The Library of Ice, which includes a chapter on Icelandic glaciers.
Ilulissat Kunstmuseum, Greenland (2015)
During a two-week residency Nancy worked on The Flaw, a response to the museum’s collection of paintings by Emanuel A. Petersen. The residency also enabled research into the Arctic marine environment, in particular the relationship between time, geography and the kayak in Inuit culture.
Herhusið, Siglufjörður, Iceland (2015)
A four-week residency in Siglufjörður enabled research at the Herring Era Museum and the completion of a series of poems about the history of North Sea fishing. Nancy’s account of her residency appeared in the Times Literary Supplement for 19 June 2015.
Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford (2013-2014)
During a year-long appointment as Visual & Performing Artist in Residence at Lady Margaret Hall Nancy developed a new artist’s book and associated print series, Vantar | Missing, and took an active part in the educational and cultural life of the Oxford college.
Hawthornden Fellowship, Scotland (2013)
A four-week residency in the Lothian castle and former home of the seventeenth-century poet William Drummond, now owned by literary patron and former publisher of The Paris Review Drue Heinz. Nancy used the residency to complete her poetry collection Disko Bay.
Words Across Northumberland, England (2013)
An intensive three-day residency in Rothbury Library, working with local residents to create poems for the Stories from the Flood project. The highlight was a day on the mobile library, travelling through rural villages and recording residents’ experiences of flooding. Nancy created a series of poems, Hinterland, about the River Coquet.
Doverodde Book Arts Center, Denmark (2012)
This six-week residency in Jutland concluded with a solo exhibition, Limfjord Lines, and presentations at Doverodde Book Arts Festival and OrdKraft Literary Festival, Aalborg. Nancy created a book of illustrated short stories about the area, ran community writing workshops and collaborated with Mette-Sofie D. Ambeck on an artist’s book, Udkant.
Herhusið, Siglufjörður, Iceland (2012)
During a four-week residency in Siglufjörður on the north coast of Iceland Nancy investigated recent human interventions in the landscape: tunnels drilled through the impassible mountains, and avalanche defences surrounding the town. The residency resulted in a number of essays and saw the genesis of the artist’s book Vantar | Missing.
Upernavik Museum, Greenland (2010)
Upernavik Museum is the most northern museum in the world. Nancy devised a new book How To Say ‘I Love You’ In Greenlandic: An Arctic Alphabet, and facilitated arts activities for the island children (the most popular being drawing in the snow with maple syrup). This encounter with the Upernavik community has informed much of her subsequent work.