Kaffi Klara Art

General information

Brief description of organisation

Kaffi Klara Art residence is a perfect creative spot for living an artistic experience in North of Iceland in a small village not far from the polar circle and along the Arctic Coast Way. The residence is situated in the old post office in the centrum of Ólafsfjörður, a small village of aprox. 800 inhabitants that has an active community in sports, handcrafts, music and lots of social and voluntary engagements of different kinds. In the house there is also a coffeehouse that offers meals and dinners, as well as nice coffee, homemade cakes, local beer. Different events are held at the coffeehouse such as bingo evenings, knitting meetings, concerts and other social events.
You will find yourself submerged in very a special environment in Northern Iceland with great and unique possibilities to work, all nearby, e.g. beach, educational centers, harbour, factories, lonely valleys and lakes, helpful and friendly people.

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Brief description of residency program

We invite artists working in all mediums - writers, photographers, illustrators, textile artists, painters, actors, designers, developers, food entrepreneurs, etc. - to come to Ólafsfjörður to participate in projects, exhibitions and events during the winter season, to get inspiration from the environment, from the locals and from each other bringing all your ideas into a multicultural and disciplinary melting pot. We run different group projects from beginning of October to the end of February and we have set up has themes as trolls, moving lights, festivities- traditions and celebrations, mandala and meditation, ice and fire. Wee are however open for individual requests and open for applications for other periods of the year. Included in the price is pickup and drop off in Reykjavik every month and a warm daily meal 6 days pr. week.
Two of the rooms at the residence have a small working/studio space with a table. Working space is available in the cellar of the coffeehouse. Artists have the possibility to use the Art and working facilities at the Junior High School in the village. Artists are expected to bring all tools, equipment, materials needed for their stay. Proper waste disposals and fire-safe containers are provided.
Kaffi Klara itself will be used as an exhibition venue. Furthermore next to the coffeehouse is a small museum - Pálshús- with space for exhibitions. The Cultural Center run by the community is at the other side of the road and furthermore there are many possibilities at the Secondary School for using it as a venue and as a workingspace.
Collaboration to be made with “Kaktus” in Akureyri, an art and culture collective in Akureyri, with “Ljóðasetrið” - the Poetry Center in Siglufjörður and there is a possibility of using venues in Akureyri

Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • New Media
  • Printmaking
  • Curatorial
  • Film Making
  • Ceramics
  • Performing Arts
  • Music
  • Literature
Type of organisation
  • Part of a Hotel or Guest House

Residency conditions

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

between 5 and 10

Companions allowed
  • Partners
Expenses paid by artist
  • Travel
  • Housing
  • Supplies
  • Food
Expectations of the artist
  • Presentation
  • Leading Workshop or Class
  • Exhibition
  • Other

Design of postcards

Application who/how

Digital Application

Selection procedure

By Committee

Presentation of artists' work

Exhibition at end of Residency

Description of residency



  • Internet Connection
  • Metal Working Tools
  • Dance / Performance Practice Space
  • Sound Recording Studio
  • Printmaking Facilities
  • Ceramics Facilities
Number of studios


  • Private Room
  • Shared Apartment
Working language(s)
  • English
  • French
  • Spanish
Other activities happening at the space
  • Workshops
  • Presentation
  • Exhibitions
  • Cafe/Restaurant

How to reach

By train

there are no trains in Iceland.

By plane

You can fly to Keflavik and from Reykjavik to Akureyri, there are also direct flights from Keflavik to Akureyri

By car

See on Google

https://goo.gl/maps/83rn754JWF2vTXBG6 .

We will fetch residents in Reykjavik or Akureyri which is included already in the fee of the stay.

Nearest airport

Akureyri Airport

Contact information

Kaffi Klara Art
Brimnesvegur 14
625 Ólafsfjörður


Phone: *3546957718

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