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Hafnarborg runs an Artist-in-Residence program, with an apartment and studio space on the top floor of the museum at Strandgata 34, in the heart of Hafnarfjörður. The program welcomes foreign artists of various disciplines, whether they be looking for inspiration in the island‘s grand landscapes and unique nature or its small local communities.

The apartment is 80 square metres, divided into kitchen, dining room, bathroom, studio space and bedroom. The apartment is fully equipped with utensils and appliances, linen, towels, washing machine and dryer. Smoking is strictly prohibited in the apartment.

The apartment is allocated for one month at a time, beginning with the first date of each month and ending with the last. However, there is no requirement that artists stay for the entire duration of the residency. The residence fee is 500 euros per month, with payment being due at least three months before arrival. The fee includes electricity, heating, local telephone calls and internet connection

Residency Programme since: 1988
Description of Organisation:

Hafnarborg – the Hafnarfjörður Centre of Culture and Fine Art stands in the heart of the town Hafnarfjörður in Iceland. The museum houses a variety of cultural events, art exhibitions, concerts, workshops and lectures. From its inauguration, it has also run an Artist-in-Residence program on the top floor of the museum, the first of its kind in Iceland.

The museum has two exhibition galleries, featuring about a dozen different exhibitions each year. The exhibitions explore works both by leading Icelandic and international artists, featuring contemporary artists as well as established artists from the early 20th century. The Hafnarborg Collection currently counts around 1,500 works, with a notable contribution from Eiríkur Smith (1925-2016), a leading 20th century artist in Iceland. Exhibitions from the Collection are a regular part of the museum programme.

The museum was formally inaugurated in the spring of 1988, on the foundation set by Dr. Sverrir Magnússon and his wife Ingibjörg Sigurjónsdóttir, who donated their considerable collection of art and their house in the centre of Hafnarfjörður to the town of Hafnarfjörður, to become a museum. The Collection has grown considerably since then, both through purchases and through gifts from artists and collectors. Hafnarborg is run by the town of Hafnarfjörður and conserves the art collection of the municipality.

The museum hosts a dynamic educational programme in connection with its exhibitions. Guided tours in English and Icelandic are available as well, upon request. Hafnarborg is also a beloved concert hall, with its unique features, hosting monthly Midday Concerts, the contemporary concert series Phonemes, The Hafnarborg Songfest and more.

Organisation founded in: 1983
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Part of a Gallery/Museum
Working Languages:
  • English
  • Icelandic
Presentation of artists’ work: Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Duration of residency:
  • Months: 1
Number of studios: 1
Number of artists in residence at one time: 1
Studio type and size: Live/work studio
Accommodation type:
Private Apartment
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Kitchen
  • Internet
  • Bicycle
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Companions Allowed:
  • Partners
  • 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): 500 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
    • Accommodation
    • Food
    • Supplies
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • No requirements
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Workshops
    • Presentation
    • Exhibition
    • Cafe/restaurant
    Selection process: By committee
    Setting: Urban
    Nearest Airport: Keflavík International Airport
    Street & Number: Strandgata 34
    Postal Code: 220
    City: Hafnarfjörður
    Country long: Iceland
    Strandgata 34
    Hafnarfjörður 220 ISL
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