Gullkistan, center for creativity

General information

Brief description of organisation

Gullkistan is an artist run residency for creative people, artists and scholars of any profession.

Gullkistan is also a place of activities like seminars and exhibitions.

Gullkistan occasionally receives groups of students from abroad.

We are active in the Iceland art scene. We have curated many different projects on art and related events.

We do our best to run the residency as we would like a residency to be run. A place where each individual has the chance to work on his own ideas in a peaceful and pleasant atmosphere in beautiful surroundings and nature with everything it provides. We are there on the sideline to help with whatever needed although we are not always there in person but not far away.

We have seen our guests make the most of their stay and have seen them exhibit their works worldwide, that is our greatest pleasure. The power and joy of the creative spirit is endless and we take part in that with all our hearts.

Organisation founded in

2009

Brief description of residency program

Gullkistan is a well equipped residency in a beautiful setting, perfect for artists and scholars with ambition to work, create and get inspired.

The residency is located in a quiet village by the Laugarvatn lake with a view of (and in a safe distance from) the Hekla volcano. It has two studios with shared tools, materials and wifi. Accommodation ranges from single rooms to studio apartments.

Gullkistan is a quiet and remote place, but only 70 km from Reykjavík and 40 km to Selfoss, the center for south Iceland services, accessible year round. The international airport is in Keflavík, 110 km away.

We welcome individuals, families and groups who would like to work on their projects in wonderful peaceful surroundings the Laugarvatn Valley has to offer. Mountain on one side, the lake on the other. Village of 300 inhabitants plus students of schools of all levels, sports facilities, outdoor pool, spa, restaurants, supermarket, hikes etc.

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Accommodation is in two buildings in the village of Laugarvatn. One of them, a cabin, houses 4 bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom and a livingroom. The other one, the Studio house, has 2 bedrooms, bathrooms and a kitchen and the studio spaces.
These are both single and double bedrooms. The houses are fully equipped with modern facilities, washing room and Wi-Fi connection. The view is wide and beautiful, lake in front and farther away Mt. Hekla and Eyjafjallajökull.

The residency is located on the edge of the Laugarvatn village just off the main road. Behind the houses is a hill covered with a small forrest. The residency is in easy walking distance from the town center, grocery shop and bus stop.

Fees:

850 € Small single room
950 € Single room
1150 € Double room for one person
1450 € Double room for two persons
Apartments for families can sometimes be arranged and the fee may vary

Residency program since

2009

Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • Educational Programmes
  • New Media
  • Animation
  • Printmaking
  • Curatorial
  • Administrative
  • Film Making
  • Architecture
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
  • Scholars and scientists of any kind.
Type of organisation
  • Artist-Run

Residency conditions

Duration of residencies
  • between 1 and 3 months
Number of artists resident at one time

between 5 and 10

Companions allowed
  • Other

Families and friends are welcome

Grants available

We encourage people to apply for funding wherever possible.

Expenses paid by artist
  • Travel
  • Supplies
  • Food
Expectations of the artist
  • Cleaning
  • Other

Ordinary household tasks with other guests. Taking part in activities as you wish.

Application who/how

Open Call

Selection procedure

By Committee

Presentation of artists' work

Arranged on a case-by-case basis

Description of residency

Setting

RuralThe residency is located on the edge of the Laugarvatn village just off the main road. Behind the houses is a hill covered with a small forrest. The residency is in easy walking distance from the town center, grocery shop and bus stop.

Resources
  • Internet Connection
  • Internet, help with all kinds of special needs.
  • Office
  • Kitchen
  • Computer
Number of studios

between 5 and 10

Type and size of studios

Shared Studio

Accomodation
  • Private Room
  • Private Apartment
Wheelchair

Wheelchair accessible studios and accomodation.

Working language(s)
  • English
  • French
Other activities happening at the space
  • Workshops
  • Presentation
  • Exhibitions

How to reach

By train

No trains

By plane

To Keflavik airport.

By car

From airport

Nearest airport

Keflavik

Link to Google Maps

Find us on Google Maps

Contact information

Gullkistan, center for creativity
Dalbraut 1
810 Laugarvatn
Iceland

gullkistan@gullkistan.is
http://gullkistan.is

Phone: (+354) 892-4410

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