MA degree show

Design and Fine Art

The Iceland Academy of the Arts MA Degree Show of Design and Fine Art will open on the 18th of April at 2pm in Gerðarsafn – Kópavogur Art Museum.

The Iceland Academy of the Arts launched an international Masters programmes in Fine Art and Design autumn 2012 and now presents the second MA thesis exhibition.

Presenting the rewards of two years of higher education at the Masters level, where designers and visual artists have had a chance to hone their skills and develop research into the relevant fields. Emphasis is on creative and analytical thinking that benefits innovative projects in design and visual art in Iceland.

In the MA Programme of Fine Art students are given a platform to enhance and further their knowledge in the field of visual art, with wide ranging integration of the artistic aspects necessary for innovative practice in fine art.. The MA Programme in Design focuses on pressing contemporary topics, and it is the pronounced objective of the Programme to be at the forefront of innovative thought, to change attitudes, and to have positive impact on how people live.

Graduating students are fourteen this year. Eight from MA design; Arite Fricke, Brynja Þóra Guðnadóttir, Droplaug Benediktsdóttir, Fiona Mary Cribben, Hjálmar Baldursson, Jiao Jiaoni, Li Yiwei and Magnús Elvar Jónsson, and six from MA Fine Art; Jonathan Boutefeu, Linn Björklund, Soffia Guðrún KR Jóhannsdóttir, Sólveig Thoroddsen, , Carmel Seymour and Unnur Guðrún Óttarsdóttir.

Diverse Works

The works presented are diverse and distinct. Explorations on rituals in the home and how it can become a shrine to the self. Questions about identity and what it means to establish yourself in a foreign environment. How do we interact with each other and simultaneously handle our multiple identities in public spaces? Boundaries are explored as well as holistic worlds of various elements that are introduced through sculpture, drawings and performance.

Designing towards sustainability is brought to the forefront, making for example eco-friendly apparel and biodegradable alternative for ink making. New possibilities are presented on how to use otherwise discarded or overlooked local materials, like seaweed and bones. Cultural memory is researched and activated. Playful kite-making to introduce design thinking to youngsters and new platform is proposed for 'interactive shared open public space', for better future conversation.

Open Tuesday to Sunday from 11am – 5pm, museum is closed on Mondays. Free Admission during MA Thesis exhibition.


Saturday 18 April, 2 pm / 3 pm 


Performance Berlind by Soffía Guðrún Kr Jóhannsdóttir

Every day (except Mondays), 3-5 pm

Solveig Thoroddsen serves freshly baked Sweet Bombs

Sunday 26 April, 2 pm / 3 pm

Performance Berlind by Soffía Guðrún Kr Jóhannsdóttir

MA Fine Art Talk – with students and teachers

Sunday 3 May, 2 pm / 3 pm

Arite  Fricke – Playful kite-making workshop

MA Design Talk– with students and teachers

Sunday 10 May, 3 – 5 pm

Meet the students (final day of the exhibition)

Contact: Anna Dröfn Ágústsdóttir, annadrofn@lhi.is, tel.: 867 4262