Art Museums/Galleries Niche Museums North of Iceland

The Herring Factory at Hjalteyri

The herring factory in Hjalteyri, North Iceland was built in 1937 and closed its doors in 1966. Nowadays, the concrete hull is occupied by an artist-run space (Verksmiðjan), as well as studios. This unique space is comprised of three levels, covering a total of 1,500m2 (16,150ft2). The factory provides a very inspiring and creative setting, and has mostly been used to house installation art. The building, its story, and its surroundings spur many fresh ideas, and the works shown here are often produced especially with the factory in mind with the help of the Verksmiðjan association.

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