General information

Brief description of organisation

GilsfjordurArts was founded in 2017 when sheep-farmer Beggi, his folklorist daughter Gulla, and visiting artist Martin Cox came together with the idea to open the little used farmhouse Gilsfjörðurbrekka, (as it is marked on some maps) as a small art residency to bring artists to the remote and stunning Gilsfjörður in the Westfjords of Iceland.

Organisation founded in


Brief description of residency program

GilsfjordurArts offers an artist residency in a remote former farmhouse “Brekka” for 3 or 4 local or international artists from various disciplines to engage with the landscape and connect with communities in the Westfjords, Iceland.

We provide visiting artists with a dedicated space and time to create in an environment of open inquiry and free from prescribed outcomes.

The residency at Brekka is based around its location, the remoteness at the head of a fjord, offers connection to big landscape away from distraction with time to contemplate or work. The silence and remoteness of the location we hope will help artists engage with new perspectives. Artists will live and work on their own at the Brekka, without any staff present some 12km from the nearest rural outpost.

During your stay we encourage community interactions through introductions to few in nearby venues to create self-designed events like artists talks; readings; or projections between locals and visiting artists, tailored by the artists and the season.

Local Folklorist Gulla will be your off-site host and guide to nearby facilities and stores.

Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • Literature
Type of organisation
  • Artist-Run

Residency conditions

Duration of residencies
  • 3 weeks
Number of artists resident at one time


Companions allowed
  • Other

Requests available

Expenses paid by artist
  • Travel
  • Housing
  • Supplies
  • Food
  • Other
Expectations of the artist
  • Presentation
Application who/how

Digital Application

Selection procedure

By Committee

Presentation of artists' work

Arranged on a case-by-case basis

Description of residency


RuralVery remote

  • Internet Connection
  • Open studio with sky lights and windows, inspiring landscape and quiet
  • Kitchen
Number of studios


Type and size of studios

Shared Studio

  • Private Room
Working language(s)
  • English
Other activities happening at the space
  • Presentation

How to reach

By train

There are no trains in Iceland

By plane

No nearby airport. From Reykjavik you can take a bus. But plan ahead, they do not run every day.

Using an app called Straetó you can learn about your bus from Reykjavik to Króksfjardarnes (nearest stop to GilsfjordurArts), at the Straetó bus station called Mjódd (not very central, you might have to get a bus to the bus station).

 It is cheaper to buy bus tickets through the app on your phone, the company and the app are both called Straetó.

From Mjódd take the bus 57 up north, then change at the town of Borgarnes to the (minivan) bus 59 for Króksfjardarnes.

There are connecting buses from Reykjavik-Króksfjardarnes only on certain days you need to plan. The drops you off by the Handverk, a small gallery and cafe where you can get coffee and use the bathroom (if it’s open) and call us from.

By car

Drive north from Reykjavik on the route 1, at turn left on the 60 heading for Westfjords, at about 200KM (3 hours) you will arrive at the rural outpost of Kroksfjardarnes just north of the causeway across the end of the fjord. Let us know you are coming, and contact us via number provided in application process upon your arrival and we will meet you there take you along the unmade road (602) fjord to the house.

Nearest airport

Keflavik, Reykjavik

Contact information

381 Reykhólahreppur

Phone: (213) 260-3807

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