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Best Of Reykjavík 2019: Best Artist-Run Space

Best Of Reykjavík 2019: Best Artist-Run Space

Published March 26, 2019

So, you’ve shopped in the shops, drank the drinks, and eaten all the foods. And whilst those things are all super fun, culture and the outdoors are the missing pieces of the puzzle for a perfect trip. Whether it’s a gleaming museum or a grimy artist-run gallery, a springtime hike or a trip to try and glimpse the aurora, here’s where to do it.

Best Artist-Run Space

Gallery Port
Laugavegur 23


This humble gallery and workshop is hidden in plain sight on Reykjavík’s largest shopping street, Laugavegur. Along with Harbinger, Gallery Port has done a lot for the emerging art scene, with a fast-moving and diverse exhibition program. “It has this ‘happening vibe,’” says one of the panellists. “It is very international and based on more than money-making.” This is your perfect anti-art-snob gallery and promises to surprise you again and again with every visit.

Runner-Up:

Wind and Weather Window Gallery
Hverfisgata 37


Being both unique and impressively casual, this gallery is accessible for everyone. “I’ve walked by a million times before I noticed it was a gallery,” said one of the panellist. It is truly a hidden gem of the city, while being mockingly obvious. It’s like window shopping but with art.

Runner-Up:

IÐNÓ
Vonarstræti 3


This old and absolutely beautiful building has become a space for all kinds of performances and events. The sheer diversity and passion behind the schedule is an ode to Reykjavík’s art and culture life. Whether it is concerts, workshops, ambient nights, or film screenings, Iðnó has it all.

Previous Winners

2018: Listastofan

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