Artist Stipends Awarded for 2024

The Icelandic Centre for Research (Rannís) has announced that artist stipends for 2024 have been allocated.

9,336 Months of Salary Applied For

There were some 1,600 months of salary to be allocated for 2024, representing 6 different funds for designers, visual artists, writers, performing artists, musical performers and composers.

Applications to the fund totaled 1,032, including 924 individuals and 108 performing arts groups. In total, 9,336 months of artist stipends were applied for.

Salaries from the 2023 fund were ISK 507,500 [$3,600, €3,400]. The amount of the monthly payments in 2024 will be announced after the coming year’s budget is approved by Alþingi.

Below is a selection of some of this year’s recipients.

Designers

  • Anita Hirlekar
  • Anna María Bogadottir
  • Eygló Margrét Lárusdóttir
  • Sólveig Dóra Hansdóttir

Visual artists

  • Arna Óttarsdóttir
  • Gustav Geir Bollason
  • Haraldur Jonsson
  • Hildigunn Birgisdóttir
  • Katrín Sigurðardóttir
  • Melanie Ubaldo
  • Peter Thomsen
  • Sigríður Björg Sigurðardóttir
  • Sigurður Guðjónsson
  • Steinunn Marta Önnudóttir

Writers

  • Bragi Ólafsson
  • Eiríkur Örn Norddahl
  • Done by Kristný Guðjónsdóttir
  • Guðrún Eva Mínervudóttir
  • Gunnar Helgason
  • Hallgrímur Helgason
  • Hildur Knútsdóttir
  • Jón Kalman Stefánsson
  • Kristin Eiríksdóttir
  • Kristin Ómarsdóttir
  • Steinar Bragi Guðmundsson
  • Þórdís Gísladóttir

Performing artists

  • Bjarni Jonsson
  • Gígja Jónsdóttir
  • Tyrfingur Tyrfingsson

Musicians

  • Elfa Rún Kristinsdóttir
  • Hallveig Rúnarsdóttir
  • Eva Þyri Hilmarsdóttir
  • Guðbjörg Hlín Guðmundsdóttir

Composers

  • María Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir
  • Skúli Sverrisson
  • Veronique Jacques

See the full list of recipients here.

The Artists’ Salary Fund

The Artists’ Salary Fund is a collection of funds meant to support the arts. Funding is determined annually by Alþingi and The Icelandic Centre for Research is responsible for managing the fund on behalf of The Ministry of Culture and Business Affairs.

See last year’s artist stipends here.

Grindavík Residents Demand Pension Funds Lower Interest Rates, Loan Repayments

grindavík evacuation

A group of Grindavík residents visited the offices of Gildi pension fund to demand that Gildi and other funds to lower interest rates and repayments on housing loans, RÚV reports.

The major commercial banks have agreed to lower interest rates and repayments on housing loans for three months due to the natural disaster in Grindavík, and now residents are demanding of pension funds to do the same.

Statements from the funds indicate that they are investigating whether this is possible.

Addressing a group of Grindavík residents yesterday, December 4, director of Gildi, Árni Guðmundsson, stated: “I have said it many times, this matter is under review, it’s not concluded, and until it is, we cannot say anything more about it,”

When asked why the pension funds have taken longer to respond than the commercial banks, Árni stated: “Different rules and laws apply to us compared to the banks. Entirely different regulations and laws apply to us, and we just need our time to ensure that this is legally permissible for us.”

Hörður Guðbrandsson, chairman of the Grindavík Labor Union, stated to RÚV: “We received no real answers. They say it’s under review and it has been under review for an incredible amount of time, and they can’t find any reasons to support it. We were here protesting last Thursday and got the same answers. They just have no answers for us, and we’ll keep coming here until they come up with something sensible for us.”

Hörður also mentioned that the protesters received a poor reception, as they had trouble entering the building, the police were outside, and security guards were inside.

Frost Across Much of Iceland

Cold temperatures are forecasted across the nation today, December 5.

The Icelandic Met Office’s latest update states that winds from the east are expected today, measuring 3-10 m/s, with widely scattered light clouds.

IMO – Dec 5

Northwest Iceland can expect the occasional snowstorm, but conditions are mostly clear.

Winds are expected to grow stronger in South Iceland tonight.

Similar weather is expected but with a slight increase in wind tomorrow. Conditions in East Iceland will be cloudy with occasional storms, but milder in West Iceland.

Temperatures across Iceland currently range from between minus 2 to 13 Celsius [28°F – 9°F]. The coldest temperatures are expected in the north while temperatures will hover around or above freezing along the southern and western coasts.

Visit the Icelandic Met Office for the latest on weather.