Art Societies

The Faroe Islands Art Society (Listafelag Føroya)

The Art Society's History

The majority of the young first generation of artists who in the 1930s to 40s were trained at the Art College in Copenhagen were in Copenhagen when Denmark was occupied by the Germans in 1940. Amongst them was S.J. Mikines, the first of the professional Faroese artists. When, shortly after this, the Faroe Islands were occupied by British forces all contact between the Faroe Islands and Denmark was cut off.

In 1941 Faroese students in Copenhagen founded the Faroe Islands Art Society with the aim of encouraging this new pictorial art. After the war the artists came home to the Faroes and along with them the Art Society, which became a very important factor in the artistic milieu which developed in Tórshavn in the 1950s.

In 1948, at the suggestion of the Art Society, the Faroese government established a national collection of Faroese art. The Faroe Islands Art Society built the exhibition building - "Listaskálin", which was opened in 1970. In 1989 the national Faroese art collection and the art collection of the Art Society and "Listaskálin" were combined into one institution, the National Gallery of the Faroe Islands.

Membership of the Faroe Islands Art Society

Membership of the Faroe Islands Art Society, an organisation which supports the National Gallery of the Faroe Islands, is open to all.

Membership gives certain advantages. Amongst other things:

  • A written invitation to the opening of all the exhibitions and intimation of forthcoming events in the gallery.
  • Intimation of other Art Society activities such as art trips abroad.
  • Free admission to all exhibitions apart from that at the St. Olav's Festival.
  • Every year the opportunity to buy lithographs or other graphics by Faroese artists at a reduced price (usually 25 - 30 % of the normal price).
  • By your membership you support Faroese art, for example the exhibitions that the Art Society arranges and the activities of the National Gallery of the Faroe Islands.

Membership is obtained by telephoning, writing or sending en e-mail to Listasavn Føroya.


Listafelag Føroya
c/o Listasavn Føroya
P.O. Box 1141
FO-110 Tórshavn
Faroe Islands

Activities of the Faroe Islands Art Society

The Faroe Islands Art Society arranges, amongst other things, exhibitions of Faroese art abroad. The most recent major exhibitions were exhibitions of sculptures, paintings and graphics at Kjarvalsstøðum, Reykjavík, and Listasafninum, Akureyri in 1998. In 1999 there was a very big exhibition representing 25 Faroese artists in the exhibition building of Den Frie in Copenhagen.

Saint Olav's Festival Exhibition

Apart from the membership fee (at present DK150 and DK200 for a couple) the income of the Faroe Islands Art Society stems mainly from the Saint Olav's Festival Exhibition, which has been a part of the festival activities since 1948. The exhibition is normally in the art gallery. For the first 40 years the exhibition was very broad in its scope - it represented both the amateur and the professional. For the past 10 years, however, the Art Society has felt that it has an obligation to concentrate on quality and to make a critical selection. This is due to the fact that there are now several other exhibitions throughout the islands, also in connection with the Saint Olav's Festival. It is also important, however, that new talent should be encouraged.

On the 15th of January 2000, a statue to the memory of the versatile artist William Heinesen was unveiled in the park in Tórshavn, to the south of the Art Museum. The statue was commissioned by the Faroe Islands Art Society from the sculptor Hans Pauli Olsen (1957) from Tórshavn to celebrate the centenary of the birth of the artist. William Heinesen (1900 - 91) was primarily a writer and poet, but he was also a pictorial artist. He worked hard to encourage Faroese pictorial art, and he was one of the most faithful supporters of the Art Society and the Art Gallery.

Opening Hours

From May 1st - August 31st:
Monday - Sunday 11.00 - 17.00

From September 1st - April 30th:
Tuesday - Sunday 13.00 - 16.00
Closed on Mondays


Admission Fee:
- Adult: 65 DKK
- Student: 25 DKK
- Groups, min. 12 adults: 50 DKK p.p.
- Members and children under 16: free


Listasavn Føroya
Gundadalsvegur 9
P.O. Box 1141
FO-110 Tórshavn
Faroe Islands
Tel +298 313579

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