Deadline: 15/02/2019

Spring Residency in Fish Factory, The Creative Centre of Stöðvarfjörður

Join us for a Nordic Spring in the East Fjords of Iceland!

About Fish Factory, the Creative Centre of Stöðvarfjörður
The Creative Centre is located in Stöðvarfjörður, a remote village in the East Fjords of Iceland. It was established in 2011 when a group of people acquired the abandoned Fish Factory of the village. The group funded a non-profit cooperation which owns the building and manages the daily operations and business of the Centre. The Centre is an independent initiative and all team members are volunteers still today.

The Creative Centre is an ongoing collaborative and community project. We want to regenerate and sustain our small village by making it into a desirable place to settle – a place where you can enjoy culture and the influx of new ideas and creative people. The Centre is a platform offering many different workshops and facilities where small initiatives can thrive. The projects aim is to demonstrate the possibility of strengthening small, remote communities with creative initiatives and to be a source of inspiration for others alike.

We run an all year around Art Residency for most creative fields and we frequently host cultural events and concerts. Currently, we are starting up workshops and study courses at the Centre. We also host a small fish processing company run by a local family, making fresh fish the most obtainable dish!

Residency Description
The Residency is multi-disciplinary and open for most creative directions: Visual Art, New Media, Printmaking, Sculpture, Dance, Performing Arts, Land Art, Textile Art, Music, Literature, Crafts, Sustainable Design, Engineering & Photography.

The purpose of the program is to provide emerging and established artists from all creative fields a port for free expression and a place to meet with others alike in a small collaborative community. We offer a Shared Studio (95 m2) for six Artists and a Private Studio (18.5 m2) for one Artist.

The Centre has fully equipped wood & metal workshops, ceramic workshop, kitchen, small library, sewing workshop and a Concert hall. Artists have access to the workshops & facilities in the Centre, in consultation with a team member and based on individual skills.

If an artist wants to lead a workshop, exhibit his/her works, hold a concert/perform or read poetry during their stay it is very welcome but not mandatory.

Our Residency Artists stay together in two big houses. The houses are located in the heart of our small village and are about 3-5 min walking distance from the Centre. The houses have a garden, spacious bedrooms, large kitchens, living room, bathroom, washroom and internet access.

Each artist has their own private bedroom and shares other facilities with his/her housemates. Upon arrival, each artist gets a towel and bed linen. We also provide toilet paper, cleaning products for housecleaning and washing machine soap.

Artists can invite their partner or a guest for a short stay upon prior arrangement with a team member. The maximum stay is five nights. Volunteers and Interns stay at the houses as well.

Artists have access to bicycles during their stay. On arrival, we provide a pick up from Egilsstaðir Airport. Other expenses for transport, meals and art supplies are the responsibility of each participant.

Duration of residency
The duration of residencies is between 1 and 6 months. 

Shared Studio (95 m2) or Private Studio (18.5 m2)

Shared Studio space 85 000 ISK/Month
Private Studio 95 000 ISK/Month

We speak Icelandic, English and German

Factory Dogs
It is worth to mention that two dogs, Tumi & Skotta, are “at work” in the Centre Centre most days and follow the Team Members around. Tumi & Skotta are very human-friendly dogs and spread love and joy. They are not guest in the Artist Studios unless they are invited by Artists.

Application information
To be considered for the Residency, send us a filled out Application Form,  CV, 5-10 recent work samples (up to 10MB) to

Your application will be reviewed and answered within a week via email.

Check out our webpage for more info: 

Our Facebook page gives a very good idea of life in the Centre:

We are also currently building a Professional Recording Studio in the Centre:

Here are some interviews with our past Residency Artists

Spring Residency in Fish Factory, The Creative Centre of Stöðvarfjörður

Spring Residency in Fish Factory, The Creative Centre of Stöðvarfjörður


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