Textilmiðstöð Íslands – Icelandic Textile Center

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Name of Residency: Icelandic Textile Center residency

The Textile Centre residency is located in Blönduós, northwest Iceland, and seeks to promote an atmosphere of creativity, experimentation and reflection for international artists and scholars working inside the textile field. Providing a working environment that supports the artistic or research process with equipment specific for textiles, we hope to give you uninterrupted time for creative exploration.

Founded in 2005, the Textile Center first opened its doors to artists and scholars in residence in 2013. Blönduós is the centre of an agricultural community which is renowned for sheep farming, wool, and a rich textile history. There is a wool washery and Textile Museum in town. The residency itself is located in a beautiful historic building, Kvennaskolinn, a former Women’s College overlooking the glacial river Blanda and the sea.

Short description of program

The Textile Center Residency welcomes emerging, mid-career and senior artists and scholars working inside the textile field for residencies lasting one to three months. We accept applications all year round (open call).

The residency can accommodate 8-10 artists every month. There are several work spaces (dye studio, loom studio, large, multi-purpose shared studio) as well as bedrooms and shared living accommodation for 8-10 artists.

The Textile Center Residency also provides artists in residence and visiting scholars with access to

-10 countermarch looms and 1 tapestry loom

-TC2 digital loom (application only)

-sewing machines

-spinning wheels

-knitting machines

-plant dyeing equipment

-Icelandic patterns and handcrafts books

-Embroidery project “Vatnsdaela Tapestry”

-Textile Museum

Work space also includes a small makeshift gallery across the street. The Textile Center does not regularly organise or facilitate exhibitions, but artists in residence are very welcome to initiate an open house or their own exhibitions.

There is a WiFi connection in all of the spaces.

Residency Programme since: 2012
Description of Organisation:

The Textile Center´s goal is to promote Icelandic and international textiles through varied initiatives within the textile field of art and design. The Center provides students, scholars and artists with working spaces to conduct their research and study-trips within textiles and to function as an international educational meeting point to hold seminars, counsels and classes on textiles.

At present, the Center does not run classes or facilitated educational programs. Artists and researchers are able to base their work, research, study, or projects from our facilities and accommodations.

Organisation founded in: 2005
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Not-for-profit
  • Independent Association/Foundation
Working Languages:
  • English
  • Icelandic
Presentation of artists’ work: Exhibition at end of residency
Duration of residency:
  • Months: 1 – 3
Number of studios: 3
Number of artists in residence at one time: between 5 and 10
Studio type and size: Shared studio
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Private Apartment
Shared Room
Shared Apartment
Private Cabin/House
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Textile Art
  • Other
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Shared accommodation
  • Shared studio / workplace
  • Kitchen
  • Space for partners, families, pets
  • Internet
  • Other
  • Access to salvaged and natural materials
  • Library
  • Office
What artistic facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Exhibition space
  • Library/research resources
  • Printmaking facilities
  • Other
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Companions Allowed:
  • N/A
  • Does your residency uphold partnerships beneficial to resident artists? : We collaborate with NES artist residency in Skagaströnd, the Icelandic University of the Arts and Myndlistaskólinn in Reykjavík on various projects, which artists in residence may be able to participate in. We collaborate with Atlantic Leather tannery and FabLab in Sauðárkrókur and arrange monthly visits for artists in residence.
    Application process: Digital application
    Do you charge an application fee for your residency?: Yes
    Do you charge a residency fee for your residency?: Yes
    If yes, what is the residency fee? (in your local currency): Between 700 – 1500 Euros, depending on type of residency and accommodation.
    Do you provide the residents with any funds associated with the residency? (e.g. stipend, fellowship, production allowance): No
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Travel
    • Food
    • Supplies
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • Exhibition
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Workshops
    • Presentation
    • Exhibition
    • Open Studios
    Selection process: By committee
    Setting: Rural
    Nearest Airport: Keflavik
    How to reach by plane: Most flights enter Iceland via Keflavik international airport. It is located 35 -45 min. from the capital, Reykjavik. There is an airport shuttle bus. Blonduos is a 3 hour car ride north from Reykjavik and located on the main ring road. Busses are going daily.
    How to reach by car: Driving to Blonduos takes 3 hrs via the main ring road. The bus company Straeto operates daily buses from both Reykjavik and Akureyri.
    Street & Number: Árbraut 31
    Postal Code: 540
    City: Blönduós
    Country long: Iceland