Icelandic,English, German and Turkish
1-6 months
Paid by artist 

The Residency fee includes: studio space (private or shared), private bedroom in on of the shared artists houses, bed linen, washing machine & internet. Artists take care of their expenses for transport, meals and materials (art supplies).

Residency fee for shared studio is for 95 000 ISK/month and for a private studio 85 000 ISK/month. Residency fee must be paid due to 8 weeks of residency beginning.

Application guidelines 

Applications for the residency program must be submitted at least two months before arrival. Applications will be reviewed and answered within a week via email.

The residency is not confirmed until deposit has been received. Application must be sent by email and include application form. CV and 5-10 pictures of recent works.


Fish Factory – Creative Centre

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 founded 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. They want to regenerate and sustain the 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. They run an all-year-round Art Residency for most creative fields and frequently host cultural events and concerts. Currently they are starting up workshops and study courses at the Centre, and they also host a small fish processing company and the local fish market. With the Creative Centre the organizers 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. They believe that many small pillars and culture are a strong way to ensure the livelihood of a society and are just as valid as big industrial solution.

The purpose of the residency program is to provide emerging and established artists, creatives, designers and progressive thinkers a port for free expression. They 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.


If the artist wants to lead a workshop, exhibit his/her works, hold a concert/perform or read poetry the hosts are up for most things.

Accommodation Information 

The residency artists stay together in two big houses called Bjarkarlundur and Lyngholt. The houses are located in the heart of the small village and in about 3 min walking distance from the Centre. The houses have a garden, spacious bedrooms, large kitchen, a bathroom, a washroom and internet access. Bed linen and towels is 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 Information 

The Centre offers shared studio space (95 m2) for 6 artists and one private studio (18.5 m2). The Centre has fully equipped wood & metal workshops, kitchen, small library, sewing workshop and a concert hall.


Fish Factory – Creative Centre is a former fish factory located in Stöðvarfjörður, a remote village in the East fjords of Iceland, approximately 650 km from Reykjavík. The village is surrounded by unique scenery dominated by the mountain Súla, that belongs among the most unique natural wonders in Iceland. The area naturally provides peace of mind as well as time to concentrate on meaningful projects.

The village has about 180 inhabitants, rich fishing tradition, 2 galleries, grocery/snack bar, fitness gym, swimming pool (open only in the summer), and a largest private stone collection in Europe. There are now also growing sustainable tendencies within the community for it is experiencing large scale depopulation as an effect of closure of the local fish factory.

Microsoft Office document icon 01-Fish Factory Residency Application Form.doc44.5 KB
Bankastræti 1
755 Stöðvarfjörður
+354 8656106

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