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…



Photo catch up from 2015


2015 was a big year for us. We had many great artists with us working and sharing their creative energy in many different ways. We had a big exhibition to celebrate our 20 year anniversary. We also moved out of Eyvindartunga after 5 wonderful years there and settled with all our activities in the Center, cuddled by the mountain side with a beautiful view over the lake and the whole of south Iceland in front of us. Winter was beautiful as always and every moment was cherished.
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Happy New Year 2016!


Dear Gullkistan friends,

We wish you all a Happy New Year 2016!
Thank you all for choosing our residency in the past and for the wonderful time we have had together.

Below are few recent pictures of artists, their works and beautiful winter scenes from Laugarvatn. Click read more. Read More »

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 »