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Name of Residency: Old School art house

The main objective of the residency is to provide an opportunity for international exchange, where professional artists in all media including writers and performing artists are given the opportunity to meet, exchange ideas and possibly cooperate. The peaceful island has a very prosperous atmosphere for artists. The residency is a non-profit organisation.

Residency Programme since: 2008
Description of Organisation:

Hrisey, the island, is by the north coast of Iceland, short from the arctic circle. The island is surrounded with a breathtaking view of the mountains on the coast of Eyjafjordur and the atmosphere will put you back in time of peace and wonderful nature. Perfect inspiration for artists.

The old schoolhouse has been decorated (facilitated) with four bedrooms and working area for three so individuals or groups can work their art.

The Old Schoolhouse is centered in the small village on the south coast of the island, with a good view over the area, ca. 10 min. walk from the harbor. Population is about 170 persons.

The island is 7,0 km2 and 7,5 km long. The only way to get to the island is by the ferry Saevar from Arskogssandur. It is scheduled every second hour in the summertime (different winter schedule) and takes approx. 20 min. There is a bus from Akureyri to the harbor of Arskogssandur (ca. 30 min. drive).

Service in the village of Hrisey: restaurant, shop (post office) and swimming pool.

Easy access to beautiful nature, bird watching and walking trails around the island.

In Old Schoolhouse is everything you need for pleasant stay: four different bedrooms, working area for three persons or groups, internet connection, living room combined with kitchen. Shower, library etc.

The Old school is owned by the art group Nordanbal.

Our vision

Is to be sustainable and non profitable residency.

Main objectives

The main objective of the residency is to provide an opportunity for artists in all media including writers and performing artists to meet, exchange ideas, possibly cooperate and enjoy the peaceful life and scenery of the island.

Organisation founded in: 2008
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Not-for-profit
  • Artist-Run
Working Languages:
  • English
Presentation of artists’ work: Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Duration of residency:
  • Months: 1
  • Months: 2
  • Months: 3
  • Months: 4
  • Months: 5
  • Months: 6
Number of studios: 3
Number of artists in residence at one time: 4
Studio type and size: Shared studio
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Shared Room
Shared Apartment
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Private accommodation
  • Shared studio / workplace
  • Kitchen
  • Internet
  • Computer
What artistic facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Exhibition space
  • Musical-instruments
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Companions Allowed:
  • Children
  • Partners
  • Application process: Open call
    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): 500-600 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
    • Housing
    • Food
    • Supplies
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • Exhibition
    • No requirements
    Selection process: By committee
    Setting: Rural
    Nearest Airport: Akureyri airport
    Nearest Train Station: No trains in Iceland
    How to reach by plane: You will be flying in to the international airport at Keflavik, Iceland. Many airlines fly to Iceland. A flybus goes from Keflavik to Reykjavik. You can then take internal flight or bus from Reykjavik to Akureyri and a bus to the ferry to the island.
    How to reach by train: There are no trains in Iceland. To take a bus to Hrisey you start by taking the Flybus from the airport to BSI – Central Bus Station in Reykjavik. From there you take the bus to Akureyri. See bus schedule on If you need to stay in Reykjavik one night because of this, SIM & The Association of Icelandic Visual Artists rents out rooms for the night at affordable prices, see or contact them at
    How to reach by car: From the airport is 45 km drive to Reykjavik and once there, take highway #1 going north (destination Akureyri). Then you take the higway to Dalvik and to Arskogssandur where you take the ferry. See more information on the ferry here:
    How to reach by boat: The ferry goes every second hour to the island and it takes 15 minutes.
    Street & Number: Gamli barnaskolinn – Skolagata/Midbraut
    Postal Code: 630
    City: Hrisey
    Country long: Iceland