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Open call at the Fish Factory, the Creative Centre of Stöðvarfjörður for October – February.

Deadline: 1 Jun, 2018

Disciplines: Activism, All Disciplines, Animation, Architecture, Art Education, Ceramics, Choreography, Collaboration, Community, Composition, Concept & Theory, Crafts & Trades, Critical studies, Curatorial, Dance, Design, Digital, Drawing, Engineering, Experimental, Film & Video, Fine art, Installation, Journalism, Land Art, Light and Projection, Literature, Media Arts, Moving Image, Music & Sound, Other, Painting, Performance, Philosophy, Photography, Poetry, Printmaking, Research, Sculpture, Sound, Textile, Theater, Visual Arts, Writing.

Location: Stöðvarfjörður, Iceland

Deadline: 1 Jun, 2018

Duration: 1 - 6 months

Eligibility: We can host most creative practices

Support: workspace and studios 24/7, housing, airport pick-up

Costs: 85.000 - 95.000 ISK per month


Program Description:

About Fish Factory – Creative Centre

The Creative Centre is located in Stöðvarfjörður, a remote village in the East Fjords of Iceland. It was established in 2011 when a group of people acquired the abandoned Fish Factory of the village. The group funded a non-profit cooperation which owns the building and manages the daily operations and business of the Centre. All team members are volunteers still today.

The Creative Centre is an ongoing collaborative and community project and our actions and aims are based on sustainable principles and alternative methods. We want to regenerate and sustain our small village by making it into a possible and desirable place to settle – a place where you can have engaging jobs, enjoy culture, and the influx of new ideas and creative people. The Centre is meant to be a platform offering many different workshops and facilities where small initiatives can thrive and jobs can be created. We run an all year around Art Residency for most creative fields and we frequently host cultural events and concerts. Currently, we are starting up workshops and study courses at the Centre. We also host a small fish processing company and the local fish market.

With the Creative Centre, we want to demonstrate the possibility of strengthening small, remote communities with creative initiatives, establishing jobs, and to be a source of inspiration for others alike. We believe that many small pillars and culture are a strong way to ensure the livelihood of a society and are just as valid as a big industrial solution.

Residency Description

The Residency is multi-disciplinary and open for most creative directions:

The purpose of the program is to provide emerging and established artists, creatives, designers and progressive thinkers a port for free expression. We offer access to a range of studios and work facilities and a place to meet with other creative people in a small collaborative community. The Centre has fully equipped wood & metal workshops, ceramic workshop, kitchen, small library, sewing workshop and a Concert hall.


We speak Icelandic, English & German

Duration of residency

The duration of residencies is between 1 and 6 months.
Disciplines, work equipment, and assistance

Visual Art, New Media, Printmaking, Sculpture, Dance, Performing Arts, Land Art, Textile Art, Music, Literature, Crafts, Sustainable Design, Engineering & Photography.


Our Residency Artists stay together in one of two big houses called Bjarkarlundur and Gígjukot. Houses are located in the heart of our small village and in about 3 min walking distance from the Centre. Houses have a garden, spacious bedrooms, large kitchen, a bathroom with bathtub, a washroom and internet access. Bed linen and a towel are provided. Each artist has their own private bedroom and shares the kitchen and bathroom with the other artists.

Artists can invite their partner or a guest for a short stay upon prior arrangement with a team member. The maximum stay is five nights. From time to time Volunteers, Interns and Musicians stay at the house as well.

Studio/ workspace

Shared Studio (6 people) or Private Studio

Fees and support

Shared Studio space 85 000 ISK/Month
Private Studio 95 000 ISK/Month


Artists are provided with an accommodation, a private bedroom in one of the artists' houses.
On arrival, we provide a pick up from Egilsstaðir Airport. Other expenses for transport, meals, and art supplies are the responsibility of each participant.

Expectations towards the artist

If the Artist wants to lead a workshop, exhibit their works, hold a concert/perform or read poetry, we are up for most things.

Application information

To be considered for the Residency, send us a filled out Application Form (can be found on our website: + CV + 5-10 recent work samples (up to 10MB) to
Your application will be reviewed and answered within a week via email.

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