The Freezer


The Freezer is a professional theatre and social hostel in Rif, a very small town on Sn_ÑÉfellsnes peninsula, west coast Iceland.

This residency opened in the summer of 2014 and offers stage artists and musicians an opportunity to work on their art in close proximity to breathtaking nature and the magnificent Sn_ÑÉfellsj_ѝkull glacier, which has been a source of great inspiration for artists from all over the world for centuries.

The Freezer?s premises are situated in a renovated fish factory which has been turned into a culture centre and hostel, where the hostel buisness operates as a sort of an engine for creating art and culture, for locals and travellers in the area.

We offer two homemade studio spaces to be used for visiting artists. The smaller one is 100m2 long and used to serve as the actural freezer of the fish factory. The larger space is a 240m2 studio space with a big stage for concerts and performances. This space used to house packing and storing spaces in the past.

Our conditions for allowing artists to stay at our residency in that they, in exchange, help our with the daily cleaning of our premises every day of the residency. This work happens in the mornings and takes 1-3 hours, depending on the time period

and the number of artists staying with us.

Residency Programme since: 2014
Description of Organisation: The Freezer can best be described as an creative engine that utilizes international tourism to generate income for creating art and producing cultural events.

We offer artists rehearsal- and performance spaces and a place to stay. The artists take care of their own travel- and living expenses.

In the end of the residency period our artist present their work to the local community.

Organisation founded in: 2014
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Hotel or Guest house
  • Artist-Run
Working Languages:
  • English
Presentation of artists’ work: Exhibition at end of residency
Duration of residency:
  • Months: 1 – 3
Number of studios: 2
Number of artists in residence at one time: 4
Studio type and size: Private studio
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Shared Room
Shared Apartment
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Music
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Kitchen
  • Internet
  • Computer
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Companions Allowed:
  • Children
  • Partners
  • Application process: Open call
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Travel
    • Food
    Expenses paid by the organisation:
    • Production costs
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Workshops
    • Presentation
    • Films
    • Exhibition
    Selection process: By curator
    Setting: Rural
    Nearest Airport: Keflavëk Airport
    How to reach by plane: No domestic flights in the area.
    How to reach by train: No trains in Iceland.
    How to reach by car: Reykjavik – Borgarnes on highway 1 towards the west coastBorgarnes – Hellissandur on highway 54. Drive around Sn_ÑÉfellsj_ѝkull glacier (through the national park) to reach Hellissandur. Rif is the next town to Hellissandur. It?s only two streets and you won?t have any problems with finding the Freezer.
    Street & Number: Hafnargata 16
    Postal Code: 360
    City: Rif, Snæfellsbær
    Country long: Iceland
    Hafnargata 16
    Rif, Snæfellsbær 360 Iceland
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