Gilfelag Artist Residency

Name of Residency: Gil Artist Residency

Gil Artist Residency is an Artist in Residence Program located in Akureyri, North Iceland. We are located in the town center, in the Art Street where the Art Museum and several galleries, artist studios, restaurants and bars are located. At the end of the street is the shore of Eyjafjörður, a beautiful mountain view of the fjord. Akureyri is a small town with an easy access to open nature.

We can accommodate one or two artists, in a private apartment with a studio, fully equipped kitchen & bathroom and a gallery for final events & exhibitions. Our exhibition space Deiglan is next door and has an internal access from the studio.

Residency Programme since: 1992
Description of Organisation:

In 1991 the foundation meeting of the Gil Society was held, marking the real beginning of the construction of an Art Centre in Grófargil which is now the focal point of culture in Akureyri. This is where we find the Akureyri Art Museum, the Akureyri School of Visual Arts, new exhibition halls of varying dimensions, for example in the Ketilhúsið (the Boiler House) which can also be used for conferences. This is the location of Punkturinn, Deiglan, multiple restaurants and artists studios. The Gil Society runs an artist residency and Deiglan where there are organized art exhibitions, music and other happenings connected with the diverse and ambitious cultural life of the townspeople of Akureyri.

Properties in Grófargil were previously used for various kinds of industries under the auspices of the Eyjafjörður Co-operative Society (KEA). Later Akureyri Municipality purchased the properties and the area has now been converted into a living cultural centre in cooperation with the Gil Society and other partners in the project.

The Gilfélagið Society is a non-profit organisation run by volunteers.

Organisation founded in: 1991
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Artist-Run
Working Languages:
  • English
  • Icelandic
Presentation of artists’ work: Exhibition at end of residency
Duration of residency:
  • Months: 1
Number of studios: 1
Number of artists in residence at one time: 1
Studio type and size: Private studio
Accommodation type:
Private Apartment
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Private accommodation
  • Private studio / workplace
  • Kitchen
  • Internet
What artistic facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Exhibition space
  • Dance/Theatre/Performance Space
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Companions Allowed:
  • Partners
  • Does your residency uphold partnerships beneficial to resident artists? : Akureyri Art Museum, Akureyri Art Summer Festival
    Application process: Digital application
    Do you charge an application fee for your residency?: No
    Do you charge a residency fee for your residency?: Yes
    If yes, what is the residency fee? (in your local currency): 650 EUR one month single artist / additional 350 EUR for partner
    Do you provide the residents with any funds associated with the residency? (e.g. stipend, fellowship, production allowance): No
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Travel
    • Food
    • Supplies
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • Exhibition
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Workshops
    • Exhibition
    Selection process: By committee
    Setting: Urban
    Nearest Airport: Akureyri Airport
    Nearest Train Station: None
    How to reach by plane: The international airport is in the southwest at Keflavik, 50 km from Reykjavik. In Reykjavik there is the airport for domestic flights and the flight to Akureyri takes 45 minutes. Look for special offers at
    How to reach by train: No trains in Iceland
    How to reach by car: Route no. 1 from Reykjavik to Akureyri there are about 380 km and it takes about 5 hours to drive there. There is a bus service from Reykjavik every day.
    Street & Number: Kaupvangsstraeti 23
    Postal Code: 600
    City: Akureyri
    Country long: Iceland
    Kaupvangsstraeti 23
    Akureyri 600 ISL
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