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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2012-11 Days of Gray / The Fish Factory: The Coolest Creative Collective In Eastern Iceland
2012-11 A2 25/12 / Slibná budoucnost pro tvořivost a udržitelnost
2012-11 Visir.is / Endurlífga gamla frystihúsið á Stöðvarfirði
2012-11 RUV / Icelandic national television about the project
2012-10 Disegno Daily / Make it Happen, Creative Thinking Conference / film by: Alice Masters & Pete Collard
2012-10 Halldor Gislason - Thoughts / Architecture and more / MupiMup - Creativity working hard in Iceland
2012-10 Austurland - 2tbl / Frystihúsið verður hjarta og lífæð bæjarins á ný
2012-04 TEDx Central Saint Martins / Fish Factory
2012-04 Eye Magazine 82 - Education / Lessons from an abandoned fish factory
2012-04 Reykjavík Grapevine / Envision something different. Once-abandoned fish factory becomes a problem-solving creative centre
2011 09 Make.is / Fish Factory
2011-06 Documentary by MACD Central Saint Martins in London
2011-05 Press release by MACD Central Saint Martins in London