Skaftfell Art Center serves as the regional visual art center of East Iceland, fostering and presenting contemporary art on an international level. Located in a historical timber building constructed in 1907, Skaftfell houses an exhibition space, art library, office, meeting room, guest quarters, and the Skaftfell Bistró.

Skaftfell is host to an active artist residency program with both thematic and self-directed residencies. Artists in residence have access to Prentverk Seyðisfjörður, a printmaking workshop operated by a collective of local arts organizations.  

Skaftfell also manages two sites: Geirahús, home of the visionary artist Ásgeir Jón Emilsson (1931-1999); and Tvísöngur, 2012, a monumental sound sculpture by German artist Lukas Kühne. 

This year marks Skaftfell’s 25th Anniversary. The art center was founded 1998 in honor of the Swiss-German artist Dieter Roth (1930-1998), who frequently lived and worked in Seyðisfjörður during the last decade of his life and had a lasting influence on the cultural life of the town.


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