• Huastsyning2019

Autumn exhibition 2021 – call for proposals

14. Sep 2020

As in previous years, curators will get the chance to submit proposals for Hafnarborg's autumn exhibition of next year. The autumn exhibition series began in the 2011 and since then ten exhibitions have been produced as a part of the series. This year‘s autumn exhibition, The Wildflower, which opened on August 29th, was selected by the same method, from the proposals submitted last year.

By calling for proposals, the objective is to collaborate with different curators, who submit interesting proposals for an exhibition, as well as letting new voices be heard. In this way, special attention is given to curators who are new to the field. It is evident that a program of this kind is not without warrant, as it has produced diverse and thought-provoking exhibitions, which have drawn attention and gotten good attendance.

The call is for exhibitions connecting subject matter, method or other ideas of artists' works, but exhibitions analyzing or focusing on a specific aspect of one artist's work will also be considered. Proposals for exhibitions of contemporary artists' works or exhibitions entailing historical analysis are also welcome. The Director and Art Council of Hafnarborg review the proposals and select the winning proposal each year.

The deadline to submit proposals is before midnight, Sunday October 25th 2021. Click here for more information on the submission process (in Icelandic) or call our office at (354) 585 5790.

Only applications sent via email at hafnarborg@hafnarfjordur.is will be accepted.


Application process

The application process is in two parts.

Part 1.

  • Description of the exhibition project with an emphasis on the idea behind the exhibition (1000 words maximum).
  • Curator's CV.
  • Short CV of the artist/artists and others that will be part of the exhibition project.

Please provide as detailed description as possible but please respect the maximum of 1000 words. Provide images, videos etc. that is descriptive for the project. Get acquainted with Hafnarborg's gallery spaces and building before the proposal is sent in. Hafnarborg's art-council, along with its director, will assess all proposals and select those who will move on to part two of the application process for further evaluation.

Part 2.

Curators, who submitted proposals that were selected for further evaluation, will be asked to present their ideas and send in additional materials, like exhibition catalogs, images and/or videos along with a realistic budget plan for the exhibition.

The budget plan for the exhibition and its preparation is expected to be according to the museum's budget plan if not, special financial support for the project will have to be found by other means.

When evaluating the proposal following points will be focused on:

  • Selection of artists.
  • If the exhibition introduces an innovative view within the arts, for example it's context and/or mediums.
  • If the exhibition includes new or older works or even a mixture of both.
  • If the exhibition has a special reference to Hafnarborg, for example it's museum collection, it's surroundings etc.
  • If the exhibition takes use of Hafnarborg's exhibition space and housing in a creative way.
  • Curator's carrier and C.V. (Curators with a short carrier are especially being sought after).
  • Suggestions for a program connected to the exhibition (curator's talks, artist talks, seminars and/or courses etc.).
  • Suggestions for a possible publication.
  • That financial costs for the project is within manageable limits (a more precise implementation of cost will take place on later parts of the process).

Drawings of Hafnarborg's floor plans can be viewed here. They can be used for the proposals but it's not required that the exhibition is designed into the space with precision.


Please send all proposals via email to hafnarborg@hafnarfjordur.is, with the subject “Autumn Exhibition 2021”. In response, we will send a message confirming that we have received the proposal. If no confirmation is received, feel free to call us at (354) 585 5790. All results will be sent via email.

Further information is given by Hafnarborg's office at (354) 585 5790.