Gil Artist Residency

An Art Space for research, production, engagements and exhibitions in the Gilfélag Society.

Gil Artist Residency is available in April, May and June 2021 for two week or longer stays during that period. Due to the pandemic we only accept artists already in the country. Further information on available periods through

Price for the month is 80.000 isk kr.
Application deadline is open and we will review applications as soon as possible.
To apply please e-mail with a short description of a project proposal as well as a portfolio, either a website or a .pdf file. 

For availabilities in 2022 we will open for applications in June.

Gil Artist Residency is an Artist in Residence Program located in Akureyri, North Iceland.

Founded in 1991 by the Gilfélag Society.

We aim to stimulate creativity through interaction with the local environment, artists and cultural institutions, and seek to foster relations between participants and the local community.

The Gil Artist Residency is a place for artistic research, production, meetings and exhibitions.

Duration of residency
The duration of this residency program is minimum one month and maximum two months.

Disciplines supported and technical information
Visual artists from any nationality to develop their projects.

We offer artists in residence the possibility to live in the studio: single bright studio which is provided with wifi, two work desks, shelves, closet, double bed and a sofa bed for guests.

Studio/ workspace
We are located in the town center, in the Art Street, where the Art Museum and several galleries, artist studios, restaurants and bars are located. At the end of the street is the shore of Eyjafjörður, a beautiful mountain view of the fjord. Akureyri is a small town with an easy access to open nature.

We can accommodate one or two artists, in a private apartment with a studio, fully equipped kitchen & bathroom and a gallery for final events & exhibitions. Our exhibition space Deiglan is next door and has an internal access from the studio.

Basic equipment is available in the studio. Every artist brings their own materials, one can also purchase in Akureyri.

Fees paid by the Artist:
Every artist pays a monthly fee of 650 EUR – additional 350 EUR for second artist/partner.

Included is:

The studio space and living area: 65m2
Washer/dryer and linens/towels
Electricity, heating and water
Final Event (presentation and/or exhibition at the fully equipped Gallery)
Publicity/Press Release
Basic tools
Note: Once your application has been approved, your place will be secured on receipt of a deposit. Travel, transport, visa, daily living expenses, medical insurance and production are not included.

Unfortunately we don’t offer any grants but we offer a formal letter of invitation for applications elsewhere.

Expectations towards the artist
The artists are expected to give a presentation and/or exhibit their work at our gallery Deiglan. Generally the last weekend of each month is allocated for the artist in residence.

Selection process
Residents will be selected by the Gilfélag Society based on the quality of their work, commitment to their practice, and ability to interact positively with the community at large. All applicants will be contacted by email within 6 weeks after deadline.
After you have been contacted, you have a week to accept the offer and another week to send a deposit of 100 EUR, full payment needs to be sent 3 months prior to your stay.
The selection committee guidelines are available here.

Travelling to Iceland and Covid-19
For information on Iceland’s response to Covid-19 please follow the government site and

Further information
The location of our residency is very central, in the heart of Akureyri located on the Art Street, in the same area you will find the Akureyri Art Museum, galleries,  the thermal swimming pool, restaurants and bars. Shops and most services are in walking distance and the local bus (Strætó) is free of charge. We have a beautiful botanic garden and city centre both just around the corner.  Short distance to open nature and the ocean.

The facilities used to belong to the old dairy factories and as well as most of the buildings in the Art Street.  When the dairy factories were moved to a better location outside of town artists and interested people founded the Gil Society with the aim of building up the Art Street as you find it today. This adventure started almost 30 years ago and is still going strong. The Gil Society is a non-profit run by voluntaries and some support from our members and goodwill from the city.

Since these photos were taken, we have gotten a double pull out sleeping sofa for the studio/living room instead of the green ones.