Gullkistan 20 ár / years

IMG_1223On july 19th Gullkistan and The LÁ Art Museum in Hveragerði opened an art exhibition celebrating the 20 year history of Gullkistan. It will be up until september 20th, open every day from 1-6 pm and entrance is free.

The curator for the art exhibition is Ben Valentine, a former resident of Gullkistan. He chose artworks by 24 artists from over 400 who have either taken part in the Gullkistan Art Festivals in 1995 and 2005 or worked at tha Gullkistan artist residency. Quite a task and he did a great job with it! Thank you Ben!

Besides the art exthibition there are presentations of photos from the history of Gullkistan. Books by artists and catalogs are on display. One work in progress, Inside Laugarvatn, is on display as well, showing photos of the people in the Laugardalur valley at work. There is a workstation for those eager to put something on paper and hang on a wall.

During the exhibition there will be occasional related events we will announce on facebook.

The artists: Alda Sigurðardóttir, Jasna Bogdanovska, Linda Buckley, Alfredo De Stéfano, Eygló Harðardóttir, Virginia Griswold, Harpa Árnadóttir, Hjörtur Hjartarson, Hlynur Hallsson, Erica Kremenak, Kristín Reynisdóttir, Kristveig Halldórsdóttir, Keiko Kurita , Catherine Ludwig, Joan Perlman, Raom & Loba, Sara Björnsdóttir , Soffía Sæmundsdóttir, Anika Steppe & Anne Carlin , Alexandra Strada, Lilian Day Thorpe and Gabrielle Vitollo.

Inside Laugarvatn: Maria Emilia Neal

We are grateful to all who have helped make Gullkistan into what it is.

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Fruity June


June was a month of very visible work. It isn’t always like that, as when we have writers and photographers together! Below are photos from the work process and from an exhibition held at the Eyvindartunga studio. See for yourself!

On june 17th we celebrate Independence day. This year it was a special day for Gullkistan because 20 years from then we opened the first Gullkistan art festival in Laugarvatn!

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Midsummer night

We have started the celebrations of our 20 year anniversary and hiked to the top of Gullkistan / The Chest of Gold.

Did we find the hidden treasure? What is a treasure if not just this!

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Rutgers 2015

IMG_0367For the second time the Rutgers University in New Jersey brought us artist and professor Margery Amdur with her students for a course on creativity and nature. This time 13 students for 12 days. What a great time we had with these incredible heroes who worked so hard and endured with ease the cold bright spring. Click on Read more here below to see pictures from their adventures. Read More »

Gullspretturinn 2015

IMG_3657In june 2005 we held the second Gullkistan Art Festival in Laugarvatn, celebrating 10 years from the first.

One of the great events that took place was the Gold Sprint, a cross country run around the lake. It has been an annual event since then and one more time, a new record in the number of participants, 330! Every time the weather has been good and every time there is great fun! Congratulations to all of them.

The money raised all goes to support the Laugarvatn Rescue Team, a volunteer organization.

Helga Margrét Þorsteinsdóttir time: 38.10 and Þorbergur Ingi Jónsson time:  33.43.

The runner’s times can be seen here.

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Waldorf school from Brooklyn

IMG_2744A group of seven eight graders from New York together with their teacher and assistant went on a school trip to Iceland organized and taken care of by Gullkistan. They left today after five days of exploring the south having their base in Laugarvatn. It was the father of one of the students and a guest of Gullkistan in 2013, Mr. Kenn Bass, who suggested Gullkistan to his son’s school as they were searching for a suitable school trip. Planning and preparation was conducted by the teacher of the class, Mrs. Betsy Gimenez, together with the students and their parents. On the picture you see this wonderful group of students together with their teacher and assistant, Mrs. Griffen Costello. The names of the group from left: Marianna Zieve-Cohen, Karina Aker, Nicole Hsuan, Aidan Bass, Tesia Singh-Ragen, Mr. Griffin Costello, Aria Martinelli, Mrs. Betsy Gimenez Boomer Feith and Kristveig Halldórsdóttir. Ari Halldórssson from Gullkistan took the picture.

Thank you for a wonderful time we had together. Click more to see photos from the trip.

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End of spring activities

IMG_2687Thanks to everyone who has survived the long so called spring with all its cold winds.

We welcome new guests and wish them a good stay with the disappearing nights, newborn lambs and green ground.

  • Dawna Rose, visual artist, Saskatoon, Canada
  • Ian Dowle,  painter, Saskatoon, Canada
  • Sara Wuillermin, writer, USA
  • Yeo Wei Wei, writer, Singapore
  • Chelsea Baranski, MFA student – visual artist, Texas, USA

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April guests & Renovation – part 2

New ideas, contacts, thoughts and people. In April our guests are from all over the world welcomed by a winter of many faces; one day with storm, another day with snow, the third day with sun showing glimpses of spring. Our new residency building undergoes a facelift with new windows and a new south side door. All credit goes to Jón and his friend Friðjón who managed all this in one day at the same time there was a snow storm.

Sheeba, Shania Angel , Dinesh and Angelinah Mariah

Jarryd, Jaya, Susan, Judith, Beth and Tosca.

Jarryd Luke, writer, Townsville, Australia –
Jaya Padmanabhan, writer/editor, California, USA –
Susan Williams ARBS, visual art, UK –
Judith Nicholson, artist, Scotland –
Beth Legg, applied artist/jewellery maker, Scotland, UK –
Tosca Teran, visual/audio artist, Toronto, Canada –
Dinesh Patel, author and poet, Goa, India with is wife, Sheeba Coutinho Patel and daughters
Shnaia Angel Patel (writer – just published her first book at age 12) and Angeliah Mariah Patel (2 years old)

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The first two months have passed with one blizzard following another. Same goes for our guests, one comes after the other, equally creative and surprizing.

In february we all went to the Thorrablot for a dance in the gym and singing in the showers! At the end of february there was an open studio where our guests told us about their work.

Since mid january Maria has been documenting the people in the valley at work which is a collaboration project between her and Gullkistan, others are working on their own things.

Guests in february:
Erica Kremenak, California, USA –, Jamie Russom, Visual artist, Glasgow, UK –, Stephanie Clark, painter, USA, Laura Jean Campbell, visual artis, Oro Medonte, Canada, Isha Hening, motion graphics artist and Jakarta, Indonesia –

And now we welcome our guests of march:
Lucia Dillman, visual artist, San Francisco, USA, Khara Deurhof, photographer, Mackay, Australia – , Emily Gregory, playwright, Oregon, USA –  and Jarryd Luke, writer, Townsville, Australia –

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Crisp winterdays


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Jen, Ari, Ann and Kristveig at Gullfoss waterfall

It is sometimes cold, often sunny and always beautiful in winter!

As the sun starts getting up earlier every day and we wake up from the dark we dig into photos and good memories from the past autumn months. See the photos if you click on read more here below.

It was great to have Andrea Krupp with us again. She shared work she made in Philadelphia after she was with us last year and made a course in wood carving.

Katie Mayfield writer who was with us for 3 months spent time with the local high school kids building characters into their stories.

Rachael Siminowitch allowed us to share photos of some of her works.

January artists:
Ann Synesthesia Koi, fine artist/writer, Olympia, USA –
Jennifer Pui Sze Choy, visual artist, Hong Kong / UK –
Maria Neal, photographic student, Helsinki, Finland, intern.

We still have a few spaces available for this year and  have started to accept applications for 2016.    Read More »