Artists of the future!


An enthusiastic group of children from the Laugarvatn Kindergarten came for a visit to Gullkistan. They walked through the wind and sleet, met all the artists at their work and heard about them and their work. The children asked many questions and were happy. Before leaving they took part in a play with ink on paper and made their own images.


The first frost


September brought us glimpses of winter sky and frost. We thank Gabrielle some photographs that show us the many colors of a beginning fall.
We visited the sheep gathering at Reykjaréttir.
Gabrielle and Kirsty visited the local high school, ML, where they talked about their work and gave them small assignments. It was greatly appreciated by students and the teacher!
All was splendid.

Seasonal swift


By the end of August we had an open house where our August guests showed their works. The name of the exhibition was Color, text and film where two documentaries were shown, book art, paintings, drawings along with singing and story telling. Our new September guests also consist of artists from various fields; one writer, puppy artist, sculpture artist and a choreographer. Most of our guests have had the chance to travel and enjoy the beauty of the summer and the autumn colors now prevailing.

August guests:

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July sunshine


Gullkistan artists for july were the following.

At the end of the month there was an exhibition and readings as seen on the following photos.



MCC photography course


Photography artist and professor Jasna Bogdanovska is a former residency artist of Gullkistan. She brought her students at Monroe Community College in Rochester NY for a 9 day course called “Photographic Explorations of Culture, Landscape and Myth in Iceland”. 

In june the days are endless and the weather was perfect. The students had lectures on Icelandic art and culture, they worked hard on their projects, travelled and enjoyed themselves hiking and having a good time. Along with the group were members of MCC staff and board of directors.


Shorter stays







In june we invited those who only can spare time for shorter periods. We had many great enthusiastic artists who all got a lot of work done. One even made it all around the lake in the annual Golden Sprint run, our first guest to do so!

Adrienne Callander who stayed at Gullkistan in 2013 returned with a fellow artist for a special project.

In june we also had a group from MCC and professor Jasna Bogdanovska a former Gullkistan artist (see more in another post). She met with Margery Amdur who came for a short visit, also a former guest who has brought us two school groups from Rutgers University in New Jersey. What a june it was!

Gullkistan on the ring road!


May is the month when everything wakes up in nature. The artists work hard and travel and this time some of them met by coincidence at Skógarfoss.

17. júní 2016


June 17th has always played a special part in the Gullkistan history. in 1995 we opened our first art festival in Laugarvatn and 10 years later in 2005 our second one.

This year it was special. Gullkistan was awarded the community culture award which is a great honor for us. On this day we have often put on our national costumes and now there certainly was a reason to do so. Alda attended the reward ceremony, Kristveig was in Reykjavík celebrating her sons graduation from the Art Academy!

Writers, composers and photo catchers


February, march and april activities are intence as the days get longer. Charlotte Simpson worked on her writings at Gullkistan for two monts. She took a day off to visit the local high school, ML, to talk about her work. One of many such generous acts by our guests, much appreciated by the local community.

  • Alexander Sigman, multimedia and composer, USA /Japan –
  • Charlotte Simpson, writer, New York, USA
  • Amanda Feery, composer,  New York, USA –
  • An Sokolovska, social scientist, Cambridge MA, USA
  • Mary Frances Coady, fiction writer, Toronto, Canada –
  • Estefania Santiago, visual communicator and filmmaker, Argentina –
  • Patsy McArthur
  • Sophie Mollart


January – out of darkness

img_2815January is a favourite! And so are also the ones who brave it! We even have visitors from far away on a return to Iceland travel trip and we discover presents that were left to be found, much later…