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center For Icelandic Art

Awarded Artists and Specific Projects


2009       2008        2007        2006 (2)         2006 (1)        2005



Anna Júlía Friðbjörnsdóttir
and Karlotta Blöndal
Hildur Bjarnadóttir (2) Ragnar Kjartansson (2)
Birgir Andrésson Hildur Margrétardóttir Ransú
Birgir Snæbjörn Birgisson (2) Hlaðgerður Íris Björnsdóttir Rúrí
Birta Guðjónsdóttir Katrín Elvarsdóttir Sequences Festival
Bjargey Ólafsdóttir (2) Katrín Sigurðardóttir (2) (3) Sigga Björg Sigurðardóttir
Darri Lorenzen Kling & Bang gallery (2) (3) (4) Sigríður Dóra Jóhannsedóttir
Egill Sæbjörnsson KlinK og BanK Sigrún Ólafsdóttir
Erla Haraldsdóttir Kristleifur Björnsson Sólveig Aðalsteinsdóttir
Eygló Harðardóttir Living Art Museum Spessi
Finnbogi Pétursson LoFi productions Steina Vasulka
FUGL Ólafur Ólafsson & Libia Perez (2) Steingrimur Eyfjörð
Gabríela Friðriksdóttir Olga Soffia Bergmann The Sculptor's Union
Guðjón Bjarnason Ólöf Nordal  
Guðrún Kristjánsdóttir Ómar Stefánsson  
Halldór Ásgeirsson Magnús Árnarson  
Heimir Björgúlfsson Margrét Blöndal  
Helgi Þórsson Ragna Róbertsdóttir  
Helgi Þorgils Fríðjónsson    





The Center’s support program assists professional artists in their projects outside Iceland. Around 40 established and emerging artists are awarded annually.

In 2009 the grant program gives our 3,6 mio ISK in total, i.e. 20 % of the institution's budget. One third goes into the so-called spontaneous support, two third into the major grant program. The major grant program has its annual deadline and supports outstanding significant projects. CIA.IS´s professional committee and its guests has gone through the applications for the major grants for 2009. The professional committee consists of Halldór Björn Runólfsson, Rúrí and is chaired by Christian Schoen. Guests of the Committee were Margrét Elísabeth Ólafsdóttir, art historian and Einar Garibaldí Eiríksson. 46 applications were received and 7 grants were given.


400.000 each go to:

Darri Lorenzen

for his publication "Reframing the Open Archive: A Live Show" (working title). The book is an autonomous sequel to an exhibition that took place at the Living Art Museum in Reykjavík October last year. The book is a collection of material focusing on space, what it inhabits, accomodates and interpets. The book will be published by Archive Books (Berlin).


Guðrún Kristjánsdóttir

for her publication "Að lesa land / Reading a land". The book will present Guðrún's art on a broad scale as well as serving as documentation of her artistic career. The project will be published in Icelandic and English by the Icelandic publishing house "Guðrún".


Helgi Þorgils Friðjónsson and Birgir Snæbjörn Birgisson

for their exhibition project at North Dakota Museum of Art


Helgi Þórsson

for his participation at Momentum Festival in Moss, Norway


The Living Art Museum

for their publication on the institution's history


Kling & Bang gallery

for their "Sirkus" project at DIA Art Center iní New York (200.000) and the festival "Subvision" in Hamburg.



The Center’s support program assists professional artists in their projects outside Iceland. Around 40 established and emerging artists are awarded annually. In addition to the CIA.IS grants, Iceland Express sponsors the program by providing CIA.IS with international flight tickets.
In 2008 CIA.IS increased the total of its artist support program of 41% to 5,1 mio ISK.

The major grant program has its annual deadline and supports outstanding significant projects. CIA.IS´s Professional committee and its guests has gone through the applications for the major grants for 2008. The Professional committee consists of Hafþór Yngvason, Rúrí and is chaired by Christian Schoen. Guests of the Committee were Kristín Guðnadóttir, director of ASÍ Art Museum and Markús Þór Andrésson, curator. 47 applications were received and 11 grants were given, total 3,2 mio ISK. In addition to that flight vouchers of total ISK 300.000 from Iceland Express were given to artists for their projects outside Iceland.


400.000 each go to:

Icelandic Love Corporation for their participation in The international Biennial „10 days on the Island“ í Hobart, capital of Tasmania in Australia, 25.March – 5.Apríl 2009. CAST gallery – Tasmania´s leading contemporary art space – will be the host of ILC’s project.
After their impressive “mid-career” show at the Reykjavík Art Museum this a great opportunity for the group to be present at a major art event in the Asian Pacific region.

Birta Guðjónsdóttir for presenting works Guðný Rosa Ingimarsdóttir, Haraldur Jónsson, Hreinn Fríðfinnsson in an exhibition project of Icelandic and Japonese artists in Ise Foundation, New York, USA. Birta, a promising artist herself, is one of the few, outstanding young curators in Iceland and a brillant international networker.

Halldór Ásgeirsson for a publication with an overiew of his projects of the past years.

Kling og Bang gallerí for the participation in Frieze Projects in London in September 2008. Co-ordinated by Frieze Foundation, a non-profit organisation, Frieze Projects take place at one of the world’s most important art fairs. This is an excellent opportunity to make a wide range of international curators, critics, gallerists and collectors more aware of Kling & Bang’s activities and Icelandic art.


200.000 each go to:

Katrín Elvarsdóttir for her solo exhibtion in The Point of view gallery in Chelsea New York, USA. In May 2009. For the photographer, who investigates the intimate interrelation between humans and their surrounding, this project might help to create a sustainable link to the international art market – especially in the US.


Sigga Björg Sigurðardóttir and Hlaðgerður Íris Björnsdóttir for participation in „Tomorrow Always Belongs to us“ a group show with new Nordic Painting in Götaborgs Kunsthall in Sweden , 30. May– 6. June 2008.

Magnús Árnason for a performance project at LISTE – The Young Art Fair in Basel Swizerland in June 2008. Basel Art Fair is with the one in Miami the most important art fair in the world and LISTE is a very well received experimental art fair.
A special support of 1.000.000 goes to the three Icelandic artists participating at the biennial European Art Festival Manifesta 7
Trentino - Alto Adige in Italy, July 19 to November 2
Ólafur Ólafsson & Libia Castro
Margrét Blöndal
Ragnar Kjartansson

The artists will develope three site specific projects for the major art exhibition Manifesta as part of an exhibition with the working title “Principle of Hope” at Rovereto, curated by Adam Budak.

6 projects were awarded with flight vouchers from Iceland Express.

ISK 90.000 each go to:

Ransú, Guðrún Vera Hjartardóttir, Helgi Hjaltalín Eyjólfsson, Hlynur Hallsson and Þorvaldur Þorsteinsson for their exhibition „Equivalence“ in the Rupe Museum in Dubrovnik in Kroatia in July 2008.

Kling & Bang gallerí for the participation in Frieze Art Fair in London in September 2008.


ISK 30.000 each go to:

Ingunn Fjóla Eyþórsdóttir for her solo exhibition in Cuxhaven Kunstverein in Germany.

The Weird Girls Project for their exhibtion in London

Hulda Rós Guðnadóttir for creating a new video peace in Berlin Germany during winter 2008-2009

Guðlaug Dröfn Gunnarsdóttir for her solo exhibition in Premier Regard in Paris 5th. district in september – October 2008.



The professional Committee of the Center for Icelandic Art and its guests has finished going through the grant applications for 2007.

Guests of the Committee were Hannes Sigurðsson, director of the Akureyri Art Museum and Þórdís Alda Sigurðardóttir, artist. 38 applications were sent in and 15 grants were given;

8 project grants, 4 travel- and residency grants and 3 publication grants.
100.000 resp. 200.000.- ISK each.

Project grants (each 200.000):

Ragna Róbertsdóttir (b. 1945) for her participation in an exhibition in Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art in Arizona, opening may 26th 2007. Ragna will make site-specific installations and have an artist talk in connection with the opening.


Egill Sæbjörnsson (b. 1973) is granted for his participation in the exhibition in Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art in Arizona and for an exhibition in the Moore Space in Miami.


Guðjón Bjarnason (b.1959) is granted for his private exhibition in Amelie A. Wallace Gallery in New York.


Sigrún Ólafsdóttir (b.1963) is granted for her participation in an international Sculpture exhibition, organized by Luxemburg and Greater region – European community capital of culture 2007. Sigrún will make a 5 meters tall steel sculpture in the Grounds of the Domaine du Chateu de Jehay from June 3rd to September 30th. 2007.


Olga Soffía Bergmann (b.1967) is granted for her participation in “Camouflash”, an international Visual Arts project in Lodz, Poland. For the exhibition Olga is researching a couple of personalities that in very different ways were and still are in some extent great celebrities. Two of them are her distant relatives; the poet Julian Tuwim from Lodz and the other is the Oscar winning actress Judy Holliday (Judith Tuwim). Olga will make an installation on her research with video projection on wooden structures.

Project grants (each 100.000)

Kristleifur Björnsson (b.1973) gets a grant for his participation in – Research and Invention – Investigations with images in Contemporary Photography - , an exhibition of 8 photographers in Fotomuseum Wintherthur, in Wintherthur, Switzerland.


Birgir Snæbjörn Birgisson (b.1966) for his participation in the exhibition: Painting Space and Society in Gothenburg’s Kunsthall in Gothenburg, Sweden. Six artists from the Nordic Countries participate and the exhibition and it opens June 16th and will be on until September.


Katrín Sigurðardóttir (b.1967) for her participation in the European Arts Project in Berlin, Germany.

Travel- and residency grants (each 200.000)

Bjargey Ólafsdóttir (b.1972) for her one year stay in ISCP (International Curatorial Program) in New York.


Hildur Bjarnadóttir (b.1969) is also granted for her stay in ISCP in New York. Hildur will stay in the studios from October to December 2007.

Travel- and residency grants (each 100.000)

Sigríður Dóra Jóhannsedóttir (b.1948) for her stay in Cité internationale des Arts in Paris, France, in August and September 2007.


Hildur Margrétardóttir (b. 1968) for her stay and workshop in the Malongen studios in Stockholm, Sweden in August and September 2007.


Publication grants (each 200.000)

Anna Júlía Friðbjörnsdóttir and Karlotta Blöndal for publication of “Sjónauki” a bi-lingual arts magazine/book that focuses on Icelandic arts and currents within the Icelandic art world.


LoFi productions for distribution of “Steypa” a film about Icelandic artists. “Steypa is a 70 minute film about Icelandic Artists and their projects filmed in 2004 – 2006. The film will be distibuted in international film festivals, tv stations and galleries.


Publication grants (each 100.000)

Katrín Sigurðardóttir (b.1967) is granted for the publication of a catalogue about her art career.


2006 (second round)
The professional committee, with two invited jury members, has decided on the second round of 2006 for CIA.IS’ support program.
The professional committee headed by Christian Schoen, director of CIA.IS consisted of Hafþór Yngvason, Director of The Reykjavík Art Museum and Helgi Þorgils Friðjónsson, artist, representative of SÍM. The guest members this time were Jón Proppe and Laufey Helgadóttir, art historians.

CIA.IS received 24 applications in total and 7 grants were given.

At the end of this year the CIA.IS – Center for Icelandic Art will have granted 40 artists in total. 16 grants of 100.000 - 200.000 ISK were given. 24 artists were supported within the spontaneous support program with 50.000 ISK and/or tickets from ICELAND EXPRESS.


Artist in Residence / Travel Support - 1 grant (IKR 200.000)
Ólafur Árni Ólafsson (b.1973) is granted for his stay in Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin. For the last 10 years Ólafur has lived in Amsterdam with Libia Peres de Siles de Castro. At last both participated for example in the HOMESICK exhibition in Akureyri Art Museum. Künstlerhaus Bethanien is one of the biggest and most respected, international art center in Europe.


Publication – 2 grants (IKR 200.000.-)

Spessi (b.1954) for the publication of a photography book “Locations”
Spessi shot the photographs in various locations around Iceland blending natural and man made environments to explore the modes of man’s habitation and of the Icelander’s appropriation of space in their peculiar and harsh region.
Spessi works as a photographer and artist in Iceland and internationally.

Sequences festival for the publication of a DVD with documentation from the festival. Sequences festival is an international festival that focuses on time based art that will be held in Reykjavík October 13th – 28th 2006. Sequences is a platform for the specific creative energy in Iceland. The DVD will be published and distributed internationally.

Project (each IKR 200.000.-)

Finnbogi Pétursson (b.1959) was granted making a sound installation in Chiang Mai in Thailand.
Finnbogi will make a sound installation in the Land Foundation in Chiang Mai in Thailand,. He will participate in a workshop and hold lectures in the Chiang Mai Art University. Finnbogi has been working as an artist since 1985 and has held numerous private exhibitions internationally. Finnbogi was Iceland’s representative in the Venice Biennial 2001.

Rúrí (b.1959) for participating in Paris Photo 2006
Rúri will be the guest of honor in Paris Photo art fair in next November. This year the focus of the fair is on the Nordic countries. Rúrí has a long art career; Some of the best known artworks of Rúri are the Rainbow at the Leif Eriksson Air Terminal in Keflavik, and Waterfall in Reykjavik Botanical Garden. Rúrí was Iceland’s representative in The Venice Biennial 2003.

Project (each IKR 100.000.-)

Steingrímur Eyfjörð (b.1954) is granted for participating in “Dreamlands Burn” in Kunsthalle Budapest in Hungaria. “Dreamlands burn” is a nordic Contemporary art exhbition that will be held in December 2007. Steingrímur Eyfjörð has been an active and often critical participant on the Icleandic art scene since the mid-1970s. Steignrímur will represent Iceland in Venice Biennial in 2007.

Kling & Bang gallerí is granted for participating in the Art Brussels Contemporary art fair. Kling & Bang will represent young and vital artists. Kling & Bang gallery was funded in 2003 by 8 artists that have held that for the last three years made a name for the gallery both nationally as internationally. Kling & Bang gallery was also in charge of running the KlinK and BanK studios (2004 – 2005)


2006 (first round)
The professional committee, with two invited jury members, has decided on the first round of 2006 for CIA.IS’ support program.
The professional committee headed by Christian Schoen, director of CIA.IS consists of Ólafur Kvaran, Director of The National Museum of Iceland and Helgi Þorgils Friðjónsson, artist, representative of SÍM. The guest members this time were Auður Ólafsdóttir, art historian and Hafþór Yngvason, Director of The Reykjavík Art Museum.
The support program is split up into three parts: Travel support, projects and publication.
In regards of the quantity of the applications and their extraordinary quality the committee decided to move one grant from the second support round in fall 2006 to the publication support.

CIA.IS received 65 applications in total and 9 grants were given.


Artist in Residence / Travel Support - 3 grants (Ikr. 200.000.- each)

Bjargey Ólafsdóttir is granted for a stay in El Basilisco Residency in Buonos Aires, Argentina from October 15th to December 15th 2006. El Basilisco is a residency program that brings toegether artists from interior Argentina with others from abroad.
Bjargey studied art in Madrid and film and photography in Finland and Sweden.

Ransú (Jón Bergmann Kjartansson) was granted for taking part in the renowned ISCP - International Studio and Curatorial Program in New York City, USA.
Ransú graduated in 1995 from AKI - Akademie voor Beeldend Kunst in Holland. He has held many solo exhibitions in Iceland and abroad.


Eygló Harðardóttir and Sólveig Aðalsteinsdóttir share one grant for their stay in Gumusluk Akademie Foundation in Bodrum, Mugla in Turkey in September and October 2006. The Gumusluk Academy Foundation was established in 1995 with the purposes of creating an environment for creative and critical thaught. In the natural surroundings artists, poets and academics from all around the world have good facilities to work.

Eygló has been active exhibiting in Iceland and abroad since she graduated from
AKI - Akademie voor Beeldend Kunst in Holland in 1990. Eygló often makes site specific works; she uses all kinds of materials e.g. various construction material, paper, printed media, paintings and photographs.

Sólveig has held many exhibitions on her 25 year career. She has held many solo exhibitions internationally and her work is in possession of Icelandic and Swedish instututions. She uses everyday materials in her work and deals with everyday matters in a delicate way.

Project grant – 3 grants (each Ikr 200.000.-)

Katrín Sigurðardóttir for creating her solo exhibition in P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center in Long Island City, New York, USA.
Katrín educated in the USA and is currently living in New York. Katrín constructs landscapes and architectures minatures, which often come from her homeland Iceland. Katrín will reprise a site specific installation for P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center in fall 2006.


Gabríela Friðriksdóttir for making new works for her solo exhibition in Migros Museum in Zurich, Switzerland, in June and August 2006.
Gabríela has exhibited internationally for the last years. She has already won many awards an was the youngest artist to represent Iceland at the Venice Biennial (2005). and LIST


Ragnar Kjartansson for making an installation piece called “Scandinavian Pain” with performance, sound, paintings, drawings and sculptures for Momentum in Moss, Norway. Momentum is a Nordic Festival on contemporary art.
Ragnar graduated form the Icelandic Academy of arts in 2001. Since then his career has been characterized by experiments with visual art, music and theatre. He works simultaneously as an artist and a musician and considers himself mainly as a performance artist. He is a member of the electronic group Trabant which is playing on the boundaries of rock & roll and performance art. Ragnar has also made videos, paintings and installations which are always related to his performances. His pieces are characterized by the play between contradict ional feelings; sorrow and happiness, horror and beauty, drama and humour. and LIST

Publication Grant - 2 grants (Ikr.200.000.- each)

Birgir Andrésson for publication of a book with stories about Helgi Gunnarsson, a farmer in Jökuldalur in Iceland. Helgi had a great influence on Birgirs Art.
Birgir’s work explores the relationships between visual perception and spoken language, thought, and Icelandic cultural identity.
The book will be published in May 2006 in connection with Birgirs retrospective exhibition in The National Gallery.

FUGL – Reykjavík Project Space for the publication of a catalogue about the activities of FUGL. FUGL is a group of artists that have organised events in Reykjavík under the heading Reykjavík Project Space where selected artists install work in the urban scene intended to question, in an effective manner, present day art and society, and in order to provoke discussion.
In the year 2005 FUGL organized 12 shows in an exhibition space run in collaboration with Indriði's Taylor Shop at Skólavörðustígur 10 in Reykjavík Iceland.
FUGL does not have a special venue for its activities anymore, but organises events and exhibitions in different locations.



The CIA.IS is proud to announce that the jury was called together for the first time and has decided on the grant program.
The jury was made up of the CIA.IS’ professional commitee (Dr.Christian Schoen, director of CIA.IS, Helgi Þorgils Friðjónsson, representative of SÍM and Ólafur Kvaran, Director of The National Museum of Iceland) and the two additionally invited experts Ingólfur Arnarsson, artist and Eva Heisler, art historian.

CIA.IS received 53 applications, 9 of them have been granted.


Project grant (each Ikr 200.000.-).

KlinK og BanK for the development and realisation of the Project “KlinK and BanK moves to Berlin”.
KlinK and BanK is a group of 150 artists, based in a 5000 square meters building at Brautarholt in Reykjavík. In just over a year KlinK and BanK has become a center point for Reykjavik’s artistic life. There has been intense public interest, fed by a packed program of open events.
A group of artists from KlinK and BanK will exhibit and perform in the KlinK and BanK spirit at Berliner Liste Airtfair September/October 2005. (and see also LIST #4)


The Sculptor's Union for participating in “Site Ations” an international cooperation project, starting in September 2005.
8 iceladic artists will participate, in UK, Latwia, Polland and Spain. The Icelandic Artists are; Margrét Blöndal and Ásmundur Ásmundsson, who will exhibit in Polland. Erling Klingenberg and Olga Bergmann have an exhibition in Ireland. Kristinn E. Hrafnsson will exhibit in the UK and Valgerður Gunnlausdóttir in Latwia. Hekla Dögg Jónsdóttir and Guðjón Ketilsson will then exhibit in Spain.


Steina Vasulka for the production of work to be shown in October Gallery in London.
Steina has lived in the USA since 1965 and worked on Video - art since 1970, Steina is one of the Pioneers the video art, along with her houseband Woody. In her exhibition in October Gallery in November 2005 she will make a continuance of her work “Fire”, which she exhibited at The Venice Biennial ,(as representative of Iceland in 1997) and “Water” which was resently prewieved in Seoul, Korea. (and see also LIST #4)


Artist in Residence / Travel Support (Ikr.200.000.- each);

Erla Haraldsdóttir for the travelling and staying in Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin.
Erla Haraldsdóttir studied in Gothenborg, Sweden, but now works and lives in Berlin and Reykjavík. She has held numerous exhibitions and participated in group exhibitions around Europe. Erla has been invited to stay in Künstlerhaus Bethanien, one of the biggest and most respected, international artcenter in Europe. Erla will also have an exhibition in connection with her stay.


Heimir Björgúlfsson for “Raid Project” a studio residency in Los Angeles.
Heimir is a young artist living in Holland. He will stay in Raid Projects´ residency from july to october and have an exhibition in Raid Projects´ gallery. Raid Projects is an artist-run non-profit curatorial organization which hosts up to twenty projects per year in the gallery and external places.

Hildur Bjarnadóttir for exhibitions in USA.
Hildur is a young artist who has been active in the USA since she graduated from the Pratt the New Media department in Pratt Institute in New York. She has also participated in many exhibitions around Europe.
Hildur is participating in an exhibition in Winnipeg November 2005, a solo exhibition in Art Museum in Idahio also in Nóvember and another solo exhibition in Pulliam Defenbaugh Gallery in Portland, January 2006.



Publication Grant (Ikr.200.000.- each);

Kling & Bang gallery for Publication of a Catalogue of the Gallery.
25 exhibitions have been held in Kling & Bang gallery since it opened early spring 2003. The gallery is run by 8 enthusiastic Artists that focus on progressive Art, in their choosing of artists to cooperate with. The publication is a part of the gallery’s reinforcement of cooperation outside Iceland.


Ólöf Nordal for the Publication of a Catalog of her Art.
Ólöf Nordal has been very active for the last years. She is now publishing a catalogue of her art, in connection with her solo-exhibition in i8 Gallery in Reykjavík, September 2005. (and see also LIST #3)


Ómar Stefánsson for the book “Cosmosis”.
“Cosmosis” is a cooperation between the artists Ómar and Bjarni Þórarinsson, and the Graphic designer Guðmundur Oddur Magnússon. Guðmundur Oddur has made a “remix” of their work. A publisher in France “Ofr System” has wished to publish a book of their work.

(see LIST #1, May 2005)