In English – about The Old Shop an Gallery
Centrally in Fuglafjordur, by the main road, you will find a charming, historical building from 1887. It may not appear great from the outside, but inside – between the old beams and boards – it is full of life and creativity all year long.
These charming buildings are home to Fuglafjordur’s Arts and Crafts Association and the various activities arranged by them. Originally it was the main store of the area with a connected warehouse, storing goods from the big world – and next to the shop, a once important pier, called Piddasabrúgv.
The activity of this place is divided into separated areas, connected by narrow, low doors and creaky old staircases, with several inspiring seating areas where you can take in the creative surroundings.
If you enter through the red door, you step into Piddasahandil, or the Old Shop – a unique two-storey shop bursting with handmade handicrafts and knitwear, posters, cards and souvenirs, sold by the members of the association. There is also a little special selection of dyed faroese yarn, Faroese CDs and books.
The shop accepts Danish Kroner and most credit cards, the prices are reasonable, and it is already tax-fre.
This creative environment was the birthplace of the local Knitting Festival
If you enter trough the blue door -you enter Gallery Ribarhús. In former times, this was the warehouse, full of sacks and boxes with necessities as well as exotic goods, but today it is dedicated to the Art Association. Since 2001 these walls have accommodated about 200 exhibitions by well-known and lesser-known Faroese and visiting artists and other creative people. In addition, several concerts, lectures and creative classes are held here throughout the year.
While you walk around in the gallery, notice the floorboards! –They were rescued from the old school from 1938 which was demolished in 2017 to make room for the new school
If only the old floorboards could talk…!
The “Shuttercafé”– is a new hatch between two old buildings – one from 1887 and the other from around 1905. In the older building is a new modern kitchen and in the newer building, the gallery with cafe-tables and chairs. When the hatch is open, you can buy coffee drinks an tea with homemade goodies, and sit and enjoy it with an exhibition.
– The “Shuttercafé was build in 2020 – but is still only open a few days a week 🙁
The attic of the gallery building has been turned into a functional, creative loft which is used for various activities, e.g. courses lectures, get-togethers and creative activities. The gallery section is also rented for different events.
As the shop and gallery are run on a voluntary basis, they are usually only open in the afternoon, Mon-Fri 3pm-5.30pm and Sat 11am-2pm. But in the summer months it is usually open longer, so check the opening hours at www.ribarhus.fo
We are on Facebook at /Piddasahandil-og-Ribarhús-í-Fuglafirði and on Instagram as ribarhus. Or see what others have seen here at #ribarhús or #piddasahandil.