Awards, Grants, and Recognition


Ever year Reykjavik City gives out a number of grants for various cultural activities and three literary awards, as well as nominating a city artist each year.

City Cultural Grants

Grants are awarded annually for a wide range of artistic and cultural projects in the City. You can, among other things, apply for grants for cultural activities, individual projects, and partnership agreements for a period of 2-3 years.

You can apply for grants in the fall and a specialized committee will review all applications.


City Artist

The designation of a City Artist is a tribute to an artist in Reykjavik who, through their artistic creations, has stood out and made a mark in the Icelandic art scene.

Olof Nordal was named the Reykjavik City Artist in 2021. Want to see who's been a City Artist since 1995?


Literary Awards

Reykjavik is one of UNESCO’ Cities of Literature which is great recognition of the status of literature in Reykjavik and the value of the literary arts.
The City awards three literary awards annually.


Reykjavik Children’s Book Award

Reykjavik’s Children’s Book Award is given out every year on the last day of winter at a festive ceremony in Hofdi.

Teikning Fjaðurpenni og blekbytta

Tomas Gudmundsson Literary Award

The Tomas Gudmundsson Literary Award is given out every year in memory of the poet Tomas Gudmundsson for an unpublished manuscript of a book of poetry.


Gudrun Helgadottir Children's Book Award

Gudrun Helgadottir’s Children’s Book Award is given out every year for an unpublished manuscript of a book for children or youth to support literary innovation.