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center For Icelandic Art



Iceland, long known for spectacular natural scenery, has in recent years grown into a vibrant cultural destination with several international art festivals and events taking place throughout the year. The cultural scene is booming, and “creative industries,” as a part of the country’s total annual production, are bigger than in most other European countries and steadily growing.


The Role

CIA.IS’ role is to promote Icelandic visual artists abroad. The Center assists them in realizing their art projects abroad through means of funding, networking and cooperation with public and private associations, organizations and enterprises.


The Goals
CIA.IS aims at building and strengthening the networks between the local and international visual art scene and activating the engagement of Icelandic visual artists and professionals in the international art dialogue. In the coming years, among the Center’s goals are to:

• Facilitate the presentation of Icelandic artists abroad in international galleries, at exhibitions   and events of various kinds.
• Facilitate participation of Icelandic art galleries in established art fairs.
• Initiate collaborations between Icelandic and international artists in Iceland and abroad.
• Create a residency program for international art professionals in Iceland.
• Extend CIA.IS’ visitor’s program in close collaboration with private and official institutions.
• Secure Iceland as a host country for international art projects and strengthen the position of   Iceland as a cultural destination.




The center at Hafnarstraeti 16 – a cooperation of CIA.IS and SÍM (Association of Icelandic Visual Artists) –- is the first and only location on Iceland, where the visitor can gather up-to-date information on Icelandic artists and art institutions.

It is open for visitors on Mon – Fri 10 a.m – 4.p.m.