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Stöðvarfjörður is a beautiful remote village in the East fjords of Iceland. However it is faced with the disappointingly common problematic of small towns. The fish factory in Stöðvarfjörður, once the heart of a thriving fishing industry closed in 2005, the village’s economy and population were hit.

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32 employees lost their jobs, a large loss for a community of roughly 200 inhabitants. The bank and post office closed, nursery and elementary school are under an increasing threat of shutdown due to a significant decrease in the population. Further shutdowns of the social services could wipe Stöðvarfjörður off the map if it doesn’t sustain itself.

In 2010, a group of creative people took a challenging initiative that might lead the town in a different direction. The factory is now being transformed into an engine room for the creativity that we believe can regenerate and sustain our community.

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CREATING OF THE CREATIVE CENTRE

2011 - 2017 CREATIVE TRANSFORMATION OF AN ABANDONED FISH FACTORY INTO SUSTAINABLE CREATIVE CENTRE

The factory will eventually house workshops, studio spaces, culture venue, café, and local products market. It will even retain some of its original purpose by supporting the local fishing industry. Spaces will provide a wide spectrum of creative options, from food, music to arts and crafts and encourage an influx of new people and ideas.

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The factory is expected to be fully operational by 2017 with the clear aim of creating a platform for the increased sustainabilty. With many other villages having disused fish factories, the centre is also aiming to serve as a model for regeneration all over Iceland and beyond.

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HERE CAN HAPPEN

2017 SUSTAINABLE CREATIVE CENTRE

Phase 1 is expected to be complete by 2017. The factory is renovated, all the workshops and studios are functional. HERE is an open platform for creativity, community and increasing sustainabilty, providing a range of opportunities on the fields of Arts - Design & Crafts both for the local community and an international creative people.

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PRESS ABOUT THE PROJECT

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2012-11 Days of Gray / The Fish Factory: The Coolest Creative Collective In Eastern Iceland

http://daysofgray.com/blog/the-fish-factory-the-coolest-creative-collective-in-western-iceland/

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2012-11 A2 25/12 / Slibná budoucnost pro tvořivost a udržitelnost

http://www.advojka.cz/archiv/2012/25/slibna-budoucnost-pro-tvorivost-a-udrzitelnost

https://www.dropbox.com/s/xurqtm9wcfssm4p/2012%2011%20A2%20Slibn%C3%A1%20budoucnost%20pro%20tvo%C5%99ivost%20a%20udr%C5%BEitelnost%20%7C%20%C4%8D.%2025%20%7C%202012%20%7C%20archiv%20-%20A2%20%E2%80%93%20zv%C3%AD%C5%99e%20nikdy%20nesp%C3%AD.pdf

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2012-11 Visir.is / Endurlífga gamla frystihúsið á Stöðvarfirði

http://www.visir.is/endurlifga-gamla-frystihusid-a-stodvarfirdi/article/2012121139892

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2012-11 RUV / Icelandic national television about the project

http://visir.is/section/MEDIA99&fileid=VTV4618778F-A373-4A52-BAD4-E84E44179CF9

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2012-10 Disegno Daily / Make it Happen, Creative Thinking Conference / film by: Alice Masters & Pete Collard

http://disegnodaily.com/features/make-it-happen

http://vimeo.com/52042421

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2012-10 Halldor Gislason - Thoughts / Architecture and more / MupiMup - Creativity working hard in Iceland

http://www.dorigislason.com/mupimup-creativity-working-hard-in-iceland/

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2012-10 Austurland - 2tbl / Frystihúsið verður hjarta og lífæð bæjarins á ný

https://www.dropbox.com/s/0zwqy9fbl0g3ww6/2012%2010%20Austurland_2tbl-1210-1-2.jpg

http://fotspor.is/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Austurland_2tbl-1210.pdf

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2012-04 TEDx Central Saint Martins / Fish Factory

http://tedxcentralsaintmartins.com/fish-factory/

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2012-04 Eye Magazine 82 - Education / Lessons from an abandoned fish factory

http://www.eyemagazine.com/feature/article/lessons-from-an-abandoned-fish-factory

https://www.dropbox.com/s/8obb6s9j3vrhcir/2012%2004%20EYE82_EDUCATION.jpg?m

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2012-04 Reykjavík Grapevine / Envision something different. Once-abandoned fish factory becomes a problem-solving creative centre

http://www.grapevine.is/Author/ReadArticle/ENVISION-SOMETHING-DIFFERENT

https://www.dropbox.com/s/bwdco2s7kutsu4e/2012%2003%20Grapevine.jpg

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2011 09 Make.is / Fish Factory

http://make.is/fish-factory/

2011-06 Documentary by MACD Central Saint Martins in London

https://vimeo.com/35105936

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2011-05 Press release by MACD Central Saint Martins in London

https://www.dropbox.com/s/a2kt1ihe3fmm9c6/2011%2005%20PRESS%20RELEASE%20CSM.pdf

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2010-10 Fish Factory Stöðvarfjörður / Creative Centre - Plan for Utilization / Áætlun um Nýtingu

English version

Icelandic version

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