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The Factory Art Exhibition 2024

June 1 - September 20

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Free admission

The Factory 2024: Moving Hands, Weaving Futures will open on 1 June at 21.00 in the old herring factory in Djúpavík.

The Factory is an annual art exhibition. By integrating a broad variety of site-specific art, installations and sound, The Factory builds a bridge between the vanished fishing industry and contemporary art. All works are inspired by the artist’s personal impressions of Iceland. The overall goal is to form a place for everyone to breathe, exist and be.

Open daily 10:00 - 18:00

Across generations, skills, and nations, the artists of The Factory 2024: Moving Hands, Weaving Futures have found inspiration in the ocean, nature’s sustainability potential, and notions of craftsmanship.

Craftsmanship is the level of skill shown by someone in making something with their hands. The work itself comes to exemplify the essence of the material, the importance of nature as inspiration, and the value of simplicity, utility, and beauty. In craft’s repetitiveness, the hand and mind can never wander too far from each other. When hand, mind and movement meet, the creation emerges, bringing physicality and flow back into our consciousness and everyday lives, while reminding us of lost ways of life.

Particularly linked to maritime life, sailmakers, blacksmiths, ropemakers, netweavers, and compass makers are all craft masters. Thus, with its narrating architecture and handcrafted construction, the old fish factory forms the optimal backdrop of this year’s theme. Not only do the artworks evoke beauty and tell stories, but they provide an opportunity to slow down and highlight the creative journey. Therefore, craftsmanship, the work of one’s hands and know-how of the past and present might serve as anchors for well being, psychological renewal and healing futures.



Jonna Jónborg Sigurðardóttir (IS), Kadri Liis Rääk (EST), Karni & Saul (UK), Kathy Clark (US/IS), Katrín Þorvaldsdóttir (IS), Laurita Siles (Basque Country) with Elías Knörr (IS) and Edurne González Ibáñez (Basque Country), Nikki Ummel (US), Penelope Payne (UK), Raimonda Sereikaitė - Kiziria (LI/IS), Wanxin Qu (CH).

Emilie Dalum

Hosted by Hótel Djúpavík
Generously supported by Hótel Djúpavík, The Icelandic Visual Arts Fund, The Westfjords Development Fund, and Westfjord Power Company

Workshop and Q&A with directors:
Led by the Intelligent Instrument Lab at the University of Iceland and in collaboration with the Icelandic Basque Association, The Factory hosts a workshop on luthiery (instrument making) with a pop-up exhibition and concert, taking place on the weekend 6-9 June. The workshop is on 6 June, starting from midday. In late July, exhibition guests can join a Q&A session with directors of the short film Wild Summon, Karni & Saul.


Djúpavík, Árneshreppur, Iceland