The Textile Center residency in Blönduós, Iceland, seeks to promote an atmosphere of creativity, experimentation and reflection for artists and scholars working inside the textile field. We accept submissions from emerging, mid-career, and senior level artists and scholars all year round (open call). In 2020, consider applying for a residency in the spring (March – May) and winter (September – December) months for more immediate and open availability.
The residency is situated in a historic building and former Women’s College in Blönduós, northwest Iceland. The residency can accommodate up to 8 artists every month. Each resident is provided with his/her own bedroom equipped with a small desk and scenic view, access to studio facilities and open plan work space in the communal studio. Wi-Fi is available throughout the building. We also offer a Tc2 residency (earliest availability: 2021) and (new!) private accommodation for groups (4 max.) or individual artists in a newly renovated house next door.
Artists in residence have access to an exhibition dedicated to the history of the school, the tapestry of Vatnsdæla (both located within Kvennaskólinn), and the Textile Museum in Blönduós. In walking distance, there is a great gym and heated outdoor pool.
Since it first opened in 2013, the Textile Center residency has hosted over 250 textile artists and scholars from all around the world.
Since 2017, artists in residence are featured in our annual Art Residency Catalogue. The Textile Center does not offer or facilitate exhibitions on a regular basis, but artists in residence are welcome to initiate open houses, group or solo exhibitions.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions on the textile residency.
Duration of residency
1 – 3 months
Artists can choose between different types of accommodation, room / shared apartment / private apartment. Free wifi is available throughout the building(s).
Disciplines, work equipment and assistance
Textile art (i.e. fiber art, surface and fashion design, weaving). We provide artists in residence and visiting scholars with access to a loom studio, dye studio, open plan work space, TC2 digital loom (needs to be booked separately) and other tools and e
Studio / Workspace
Fees and support
Residency fees vary depending on the season (summer/winter) and type of accommodation. Fees always include access to work facilities and equipment (except TC2 digital loom), as well as an introduction to the exhibitions in Kvennaskólinn and the Textile Mu
Expectations towards the artist
Artists in residence are invited to participate in our monthly artist talk at the beginning of each month. They are also invited to feature in our annual Art Residency Catalog and initiate an open studio, group or solo exhibition at the end of each month