Skaftfell appoints with great pleasure Gavin Morrison as honorary artistic director for 2015-2016.
I am fascinated by the different roles which Skaftfell fulfils for Seyðisfjörður and how the art centre exists within the life of the town. I feel that this position allows for a reflection on the relationship between the community and the art work in all its various forms, and how Skaftfell can explore new ways to articulate this relationship beyond the town, and beyond Iceland.
Gavin Morrison lives in Scotland and the south of France where he runs a small project gallery, IFF, and directs Atopia Projects, a curatorial and publishing initiative, while also working freelance curator and writer. He has worked with various organizations around the world including: Kungl. Konsthögskolan, Stockholm; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Osaka Contemporary Art Center, Japan; and University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He is a regular visitor to Seyðisfjörður. http://gavinkmorrison.com
Skaftfell operates in the field of contemporary art, on a local and international level. Its activities are based upon exhibitions and events, alongside a residency and education program. The exhibition program focal point is on a high-quality mix of progressive contemporary art and traditional art, either by domestic or international artists.
Since 2009, Skaftfell has appointed an artistic director for a two year period. Björn Roth was the first to accept this position, then Christoph Büchel and finally Ráðhildur Ingadóttir. The role of the artistic director is to formulate the artistic vision for the exhibition program, as well as other projects. The appointment is a honorary post.