Conference Schedule

Please find the full Schedule of the conference here (EN)
Dagskrá ráðstefnunnar má finna hér (IS)

The basic info and preliminary schedule is here (EN)
Helstu upplýsingar og stytta dagskrá ráðstefnunnar má finna hér (IS)

Places visited during the conference

The Slaughterhouse
Culture Centre in Egilsstaðir

A Culture Center located in the old slaughterhouse building in Egilsstaðir. It offers a small artist residency, artist workshops, a sound studio and a variety of venues. Fljótsdalshérað Culture Center (MMF) is one of four culture centers in East Iceland, with a focus on theater and stage arts. Musicians, actors, sculptors, painters, video makers and all kinds of creatives can be found in Sláturhúsið working on all kinds of projects. Sláturhúsið is a place for people who make things happen.
Running since 2005

HERE Creative Centre
Sustainable Creative Centre in Stöðvarfjörður

The fish factory in Stöðvarfjörður, once the heart of a thriving fishing industry, has stood empty for many years. It is now being transformed into an engine room for the creativity that we believe can regenerate and sustain our community. The factory will eventually house workshops, studio spaces, a museum, café, and market. It will even retain some of its original purpose by supporting the local
fishing industry.
People involved:
Rósa Valtingojer and Zdenek Patak
Running since 2011


A workshop for woodworks, bone and antler is located in Egilsstaðir. It is open upon request for people who want to develop design concepts and products. We also receive student groups, run courses and offer technical assistance with building prototypes. We are expecting designers, artisans, developers, doers and thinkers, students and other interested and passionate individuals to keep utilizing the service for exciting development projects.
People involved:
Marcus Nolte, Þórhallur Árnason, Lára Vilbergsdóttir
Running since 2010

Hús Handanna
Art & Design Store

Hús Handanna is a platform for the MAKE by Þorpið designers to bring a developed product to the market, be it product design, quality craft, jewelry, clothing, ceramics, graphics, textiles etc. It is a support and motivation for local crafts people to bring back their activities, restart the silenced machines, preserve their skills and knowledge and pass it on to a new generation. Webstore for Hús Handanna is in the making and the aim is to offer marketing consulting for designers and artisans in the near future.
Running since 2010

The Seyðisfjörður Expedition:
The almost complete listing of creative spaces, artists, craft people and inspiring phenomena in Seyðisfjörður

Here is a map of Seyðisfjörður that was handed out
to conference attendees for a free expedition

Centre for Sound Art and Experimental Music

Skálar is a newly established Center for Sound Art and Experimental Music located in an old fish factory. The aim of Skálar is to provide a platform for experiments, collaborations, presentations, studies and inspiration to professional artists and students. Connected to the center will be an artist-in-residence program that provides accommodation for the artists as well as studio facilities and sound laboratory. Skálar wishes to work with related institutions and to create a basis for international interchange and network. In October Skálar has established an annual international Sound Art festival.
People involved:
Elvar Már Kjartansson, Helgi Örn Pétursson, Konrad Korabiewski.

Strandavegur 19
Seyðisfjörður, Iceland

Running since 2012

Hvernig gengur…? (How’s it going?)
An outdoor sculpture by the artist Guðjón Ketilsson

The work was made to celebrate the 100th jubilee of the arrival of the telegraph connection to Iceland from the mainland of Europe in 1906. If you call the number (+354) 566 1906 you can hear the first message that came through. The artist Guðjón Ketilsson (b. 1956) is a well established artist who’s works are widely spread.

An outdoor sound-sculpture by the artist Lucas Khüne

Tvísöngur is a homage to the Icelandic musical tradition and works as a natural amplifier for a five-tone harmony. It is embedded in the mountainside above the town, in a quiet area with a breathtaking view of the fjord. It offers an acoustic sensation that can be explored and experimented with by the visitor. Walking up to the location of the sculpture takes approx. 10-15 minutes on a rather steep road.

Technical Museum of East Iceland

The Technical Museum of East Iceland focuses mainly on the influx of modern times around 1880 to 1950. Exhibitions are realized in an authentic atmosphere in original settings. The museum also serves as a research center and teaching facility for all levels of education, utilizing its wide reaching amenities to host courses and open workshops including the renown annual Blacksmith Festival. The museum runs a carpentry, a mechanical shop with forges, a printshop and telegraph station.
Hafnargata 44
Seyðisfjörður, Iceland

Running since 1984

Sagnabrunnur ehf. / Fountain of History Pvt.
At Sagnabrunnur we work with words.

The aim of Sagnabrunnur is to create interesting job opportunities in East-Iceland for young
people from various sectors, related f.e. to languages, arts and history. Main focus in 2012
has been on translation projects, collecting oral history and to make the history of Seyðisfjörður
accessible through an interactive map (
People involved:
Rannveig Þórhallsdóttir, managing director and owner.

Running since 2009

Skálanes farm
Sustainability experiment, nature conservation, student field center and a nice place.

We are working in a cosmological approach to nature, life, human interaction and experience
at a farm called Skálanes, situated where the fjord opens to the sea. We try to combine many
aspects together in a community of different people working on different projects where there is
no end goal to our work or final truth.
People involved:
Ólafur Örn Pétursson, farmer & hundreds of others
+354 861 7008

Running since 2005/6


Húsgagnadoktor repairs and restores furniture, both design and antique, and designs and
makes furniture from scratch. His objective is to help others to create their own design as
well as creating and producing his own design.
People involved:
Klas Poulsen, upholsterer
Hafnargötu 4
Seyðisfjörður, Iceland
Running since 2004

Center for Visual Art

Skaftfell serves as a center for contemporary art for East Iceland. It is a meeting point for artists and locals with the fundamental aim of promoting and exhibiting visual art. The centers’ role can be divided in three main fields; the exhibition-, residency- and education program. Since 2001 Skaftfell has hosted a yearly workshop, in collaboration with the Icelandic Art Academy, the Technical Museum and Dieter Roth Academy, for graduation and guest art students. Furthermore the center has developed visual art projects for the elementary schools of the East and supervised the visual art class in the elementary school of Seyðisfjörður.
People involved:
The Skaftfell group, Federation of Icelandic artists, Seyðisfjörður municipality, family of Garðar Eymundsson.
Austurvegur 42
Seyðisfjörður, Iceland
Sími/Tel: (00354) 472 1632
Running since 1998

Community park

RoShamBo and Klas Poulsen started a community project in the spring of 2012 aimed at creating a community park out of the unused building land in the town‘s center. The projects main concept is to activate the locals in creating their own park with a no-budget approach. The park is divided in four individual projects; sculpture garden (in collaboration with Skaftfell), market place, kids building field and community gardens where locals can grow their own vegetables.
Established 2012

Art & Craft market

A group of 24 local craft people in Seyðisfjörður came together in 2006 and started the Seyðisfjörður art and craft society. In their shop you find traditional icelandic knitted wool, jumpers, hats and more, but also more modern knitting. Among other products are things from metal, reindeer bones and wood, a lot of woodcraft, f.ex. clocks and knifes, and many other things, big and small, glass and ceramics, soaps, candles, jewels and paintings.
Austurvegur 23
Seyðisfjörður, Iceland
Running since 2006

The Bookshop – projectspace

The Bookshop is a projectspace run by Skaftfell Center for Visual Art, functioning both as an exhibition space, temporary studio/projectspace for artists in residence and the space where the Skaftfell Art class for the primary school meet, work and exhibit projects. Currently the artists Asle Lauvland Pettersen and Ditte Knus Tönnesen are using the space as a projectroom as artists in residence at Skaftfell.

Borgarhóll art&craft
Studio and boutique

Borgarhóll is a house dating from 1890 now serving as a home, studio and shop. The owner selects all the products in the shop from a broad range of Icelandic designers, artists and crafts people. In addition she designs and produces her own items, available in the shop.
People involved:
Íris Einhildur Sturlaugsdóttir, owner
Running since 2009

Culture organization and creative residency

Heima is a space and residency for artist and creative individuals, radicals thinkers, innovative companies and alternative organizations. It strives to encourage dynamic interaction, both to inspire the work of the individual as well as to support new collaborations. In addition to the residency, Heima also hosts mini conferences, workshops and various cultural events both independently and in collaboration with external partners.
People involved:
Björt Sigfinnsdóttir, Andreas Halsteen Lemche, Jonatan Spejlborg Jensen, Lasse Høgenhof Christiansen
Located in a house called Pálína,
Austurvegur 15, Seyðisfjörður, Iceland
Running since 2012

An Annual Art Festival for Young People

LungA is an annual art festival for young people that takes place during the third week of July. It is a workshop based creative hot spot for artistically thinking young soles who want a chance to experiment together with like minded and within loose but secure frames. LungA is an international festival and has been a yearly event since the summer of 2000.
People involved:
Aðalheiður Borgþórsdóttir, Björt Sigfinnsdóttir, Guðmundur Ingi Úlfarsson, Berglind Sunna Stefánsdóttir, Elísabet Karlsdóttir
Running since 2000

The LungA school

Inspired by the LungA festival and the traditional scandinavian folk high schools (højskoler) we introduce to you the LungA school. An international art school that will open in the beginning of 2014.

children’s clothing

Húnihún is a collaboration of a textile- and embroidery designer and a tailor. The clothing line has an air of nostalgia and elegance. In addition to the basic attiring Húnihún has a range of giftware and bedding. A key element in Húnihúns’ design is the recycling of materials and the elevation of nostalgia.
People involved:
Ríkey Kristjánsdóttir, textile- and embroidery designer
and Diljá Jónsdóttir, tailor.
Facebook: Húnihún
+354 8939737
Running since 2010

Útlínur (Outlines)
An outdoor sculpture by the artist Kristján Guðmundsson

At the 100th jubilee of Seyðisfjörður municipality in 1995 the town commissioned an art work from the artist Kristján Guðmundsson (b. 1941), one of Iceland’s well known artist of his generation. The sculpture shows the form of the fjord by drawing out the negative space which is under sea level.

Gallery and Art Studio

Newly established Gallery and Art Studio, HOF, supports the Icelandic tradition of home galleries in the private surroundings of the multimedia artist Konrad Korabiewski. Its independent artistic profile offers a platform for exhibitions, concerts, venues and experiments by international and local artists. The gallery runs through all seasons and is open 24 hours a day.
People involved:
Konrad Korabiewski

Running since 2012

Hóll residency
Former home and studio of artist Birgir Andrésson

One of three studios/living spaces in the residency program
run by Skaftfell – Center for Visual Art

Artist studio, gallery and framing workshop

The artist and carpenter Garðar Eymundsson is in a way the godfather of todays art scene in Seyðisfjörður. At a mature age and after a lifetime of supporting and facilitating various artistic activities, he has now devoted him self to his passion of painting and drawing. At his studio one can buy works by him and a few other selected artists. The studio is also equipped with a framing workshop.
People involved:
Garðar Eymundsson, painter and carpenter.
Norðurgata 5
Seyðisfjörður, Iceland
Running since 2010

Norðurgata residency

One of three studios/living spaces in the residency program
run by Skaftfell – Center for Visual Art

Artist co-op

RoShamBo is a collaboration of three artists. The group works on a variety of projects all based on the idea of sustainability, continuity and circulation. Among the groups projects is creating and developing innovative solution for using found material in the production of various items and reviving disappearing knowledge in craft and living. The group organizes pop-up events that share knowledge, reflect on current issues and put focus on hidden opportunities.
People involved:
Hanna Christel Sigurkarlsdóttir, Litten Nyström, Þórunn Eymundardóttir.
Studio and shop

Norðurgata 8

Running since 2012

Minnisvarði (Monument)
Work by the artist Sigurjón Ólafsson

A monument for the Seyðisfjörður born poet and composer Ingi T. Lárusson (1892-1946), responsible for many of the most beautiful and well known classic songs in Iceland. Sigurjón Ólafsson, (1908 – 1982), was one of Icelands finest sculptors of his time.

Geiri’s house
Home of the naïve artist Ásgeir Emilsson (1931 – 1999)

Ásgeir Emilsson, or Geiri as he was called, was a lively character and a wonderful artist. He had a strong artistic drive and his home represents this clearly. Geiri’s home is virtually the same as it was the day he passed away and there one can see how he lived and worked.

Lára’s wool-workshop

The Wool-workshops objectives are to specialize in the production of wool products made from selected top quality Icelandic wool. The Wool-workshop offers an opportunity for designers, artists and craftspeople to continue the development of high quality products from felt. The aim is to open up a product development studio in the near future and to offer workshops in wool alongside the felt production.
People involved:
Þórdís Bergsdóttir, director
Öldugata 11
Seyðisfjörður, Iceland

Running since 1994

Steel workshop

Stálstjörnur is a well equipped, family run steel workshop with a long experience in working with artists and designers
or various projects, big and small.
People involved:
Sævar Jónsson director

The Pier House
Studio and home of the family of Dieter Rot

The German/Swiss artist Dieter Roth moved to Iceland in 1957 where he made great influence on the development of the Icelandic art scene. In the late 80’s he, along with is son an collaborator Björn Roth, bought and restored the Pier House where he then spent a lot of time working and mingling with the locals. After Dieters death his son Björn has continued to be an active and important member of the international arts scene in this remote town.

The Blue Factory
Studio and residency

Local patrons of art, the brothers from Sunnuholt farm, have made it possible for Guðmundur Oddur Magnússon, or Goddur, to set up a base at the old herring factory Hafsíld now called the Blue Factory. As well as being Goddur’s studio and private platform for creative activites and collaborations, the Blue factory is also a venue for Master class projects in collaboration with CIRRUS, the Nordic-Baltic Network of Art & Design Education.
People involved:
The Master class project is operated by Halldór Gíslason, professor at Oslo Acemy af Art & Design (KHIO) and Guðmundur Oddur Magnússon, prof. in visual communication at Iceland Academy of Art & Design along with a wide range of artists and collaborators.

Running since 2009