GilsfjordurArts – Össusetur Íslands ehf

(213) 260-3807
Name of Residency: GilsfjordurArts

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 of Iceland. Each residency is 24/25 days.

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 a connection to landscape and being away from urban distraction you have 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 together at the Brekka, without any staff present some 12km from the nearest rural outpost.

During your stay we encourage community interactions through introductions to nearby venues to create self-designed events like artists talks, tailored by the artists and the season.

Residency Programme since: 2017
Description of Organisation:

GilsfjordurArts is a remote residency in a quiet fjord in Iceland’s Westfjord Region about 3 hours drive north of Reykjavik.  The residency is based around its location, with the believe that some artists crave the solitude and remote connection with raw nature. At the same time we offer a chance for community with your fellow artists to use your time in a way that best suits your needs.  We encourage you to work on what you need, and have no prescribed outcomes, however we will make connections for you to connect with locals through a presentation if you want to follow that through. In the former farm house we offer a spacious shared upstairs studio.  We invite artists who are attracted to the remoteness, and who are self motivated to live together without staff in a landscape devoid of traffic and people.  Gilsfjordur is run by LA based artist Martin Cox, and local sheep-farmer Beggi, his folklorist daughter Gulla,

Organisation founded in: 2017
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Artist-Run
Working Languages:
  • English
  • Icelandic
Presentation of artists’ work: Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Duration of residency:
  • Weeks: 3
  • Months: 1
Number of studios: 1
Number of artists in residence at one time: 4
Studio type and size: Shared studio
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Literature
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Kitchen
  • Internet
What artistic facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Other
If other, please specify:

Remoteness, a large shared studio, private rooms with writing desks, discrete but palpable hard working and warm local community
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Companions Allowed:
  • Other
  • If other, please specify: Artist couples encouraged
    Does your residency uphold partnerships beneficial to resident artists? : We partner with a number of local venue for artists presentations.
    Application process: Digital application
    Do you charge an application fee for your residency?: Yes
    Do you charge a residency fee for your residency?: Yes
    If yes, what is the residency fee? (in your local currency): 750 – 950 Euros
    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?:
    • No requirements
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Presentation
    • Other
    Selection process: By committee
    Setting: Rural
    Nearest Airport: KEF, Keflavik, Reykjavik
    Nearest Train Station: None
    How to reach by plane: Not possible
    How to reach by train: Not possible
    How to reach by car: Drive NORTH from Reykjavik about 3 hours on route 1, then after Bilfrost turn left on the 60 (north) to the village of Kroksfjardarnes, then turn right along the unmade road along Gilsfjordur to the end of the fjord (12km). There is a sign for the residency that reads Gilsfjardarbrekka.
    How to reach by boat: Not recommneded, very shallow
    Street & Number: Gilsfjararbrekka
    Postal Code: 381
    City: Reykholahreppur
    Country long: Iceland
    Reykholahreppur 381 ISL
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