Klaustrid (the Monastery) is a residence for artists, writers and scholars, Icelandic or foreign. The residence is managed by The Institute of Gunnar Gunnarsson. It includes a small apartment in the unique farmhouse, Skriduklaustur, which was built in 1939 by the famous Icelandic writer Gunnar Gunnarsson.
The living/working facilities consists of a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and a living room with big desk for working. Wi-Fi internet connection and a piano in place.
The apartment is only for one person or a couple at time.
There is no support along with the residency, but the apartment is free of charge (other than deposit fee) and local transportation is guaranteed.
Criteria // Klaustrið uses the following criteria when evaluating applicants:
• Primarily the quality of the applicant’s project as indicated by submitted application.
• A record of works and curriculum vitae.
• Projects concerning Gunnar Gunnarsson, his life and his works, have priority just as any project concerning East-Iceland, its nature and culture.
Writers, composers, artists, musicians, dancers and scholars are eligible to apply for 3-6 weeks residency in Klaustrid every year. Application deadline is 15th June every year for the following year. The board of Gunnarsstofnun institute valuates all applications and by September applicants are informed about the decision.
Application form is available or email us for information.
• Application form
• Project description, see application form
• Artists CV, please do not send a CV exceeding 2 pages
• A few examples of works (3 - 5), either as prints, on CD or weblinks.
Klaustrid (the Monastery) is a residence for artists, writers and scholars, Icelandic or foreign. Applications should be advertised and accepted every year for the following calender year.
Board of Gunnarstofnun institute values and decides from all applications. Guidelines for choosing: a) Projects concerning Gunnar Gunnarsson, his life and his works, have priority just as any project concerning East-Iceland, its nature and culture. b) Residency stay should not at average be less than 3 weeks or longer than 6 weeks.
Director of Gunnarsstofnun Institute is the primary contact with applicants and residents, if other plans have not been made.
The residency is free of charge other than a non -refundable deposit fee if application is accepted and scheduled. It is recommended that the resident take part in the life of the district and share his work with the people or show what his is working on as an artist, writer or scholar. The resident can for example be asked to give a lecture or take part in a program, leave a piece of art or whatever he/she and the director may decide.
Contract is made between Gunnarsstofnun institute and Klaustrið residency guest. At the contract signing a non-refundable deposit should be paid to Gunnarsstofnun. The deposit is determent every year by the board of Gunnarsstofnun.
The board of Gunnarsstofnun institute can change the assignment policy if needed. As well is the board allowed to assign the apartment or specific time periods for other projects regarding the institute if needed.
Samþykkt af stjórn Gunnarsstofnunar 7. september 2017.
You can apply for a recidency stay by sending us email:
Skriduklaustur is situated in East Iceland and the nearest town with an airport and all service is Egilsstadir (EGS), 39 km away. The main international airport is in SouthWest Iceland, Keflavik (KEF) close to the capital Reykjavik (REK) where the domestic airport is.When you arrive in East Iceland (Egilsstadir), by ship, plane or car, you will be picked up by someone from the Institute of Gunnar Gunnarsson. We will also provide you with lifts to Egilsstadir for shopping every week if you don’t have a car. because there is no public transport connecting the cultural centre and Egilsstadir. In Egilsstadir we have all kind of shops and two supermarkets (Bonus and Netto). The most common artist's materials can be found in 1-2 shops.
During summer Skriðuklaustur can be busy with museum guests. At other times it is usually quiet and peaceful – perfect for working.
Residency guests must be self-sufficient regarding meals. Either prepare their own meals or when the restaurant is open then it is possible to get meals there.
There is no TV in the apartment, but there is a small library and the internet is highspeed enough for streaming.