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.
In April and May 2020, with the arrival of spring and longer periods of daylight, we call for artists interested in a skill-share initiative. Each artist in residence will be invited to present a skill-sharing workshop for their fellow residents. In return you receive numerous skill-sharing sessions from other fellow residents.
Contemporary textile arts are diverse and thus a place exists for workshops in textile techniques, practical skills (spinning, weaving, knitting, mending, dyes, specific practice based skills etc – see our facilities), knowledge sharing for grants/arts admin/applications, or a quality lecture in our conference room.
The skill-share workshop is intended to be for your fellow textile-based artists in residence only, however if your idea has potential to be accessible to the public we can help you advertise to the local community if you wish to do so. When devising your workshop, please keep in mind this is a non-funded initiative and the Textile Center cannot offer you payment or a budget. We hope to create a fertile ground for learning and sharing ideas and skills with each other. Please keep your workshop at a low to neutral cost to other artists with materials; some usable items may be found in our communal store cupboard (some wool, fabrics, horse hair, threads etc), the local store, or if you are willing to invest a little more there are some local regional factories with sales on fish leather, leathers, woolen fleece, knitted factory offcuts etc. Or you may be able to share machine based knowledge on spinning, knitting machines, or setting up a loom for others who typically work in other methods using the Textile Center’s equipment.
Duration of residency
The skill – share initiative is implemented from April – May 2020, with workshops held each month by each artist (you may repeat or build on your workshop if staying longer than 1 month). Artists are free to choose whether they stay one or two months.
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 their 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 now also offer accommodation for groups (4 max.) or individual artists in a newly renovated house next door.
Disciplines, work equipment and assistance
We encourage applications from artists who work with both traditional and contemporary forms of textile and fiber arts, or whose artistic practices are intrinsically linked to the use of textiles, including performance, costume/theater, installation, wearable art and fashion. The Icelandic Textile Center does not have a studio assistant or teachers on staff. Workshops are led by resident artists.
Studio / Workspace
The residency has private rooms with shared living and open plan shared studios in Kvennaskólinn, the former Women’s College in Blönduós. Facilities also include a loom weaving loft and a small gallery attached to the dye studio. 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.
Fees and support
Please note that this is a non-funded initiative and the Icelandic Textile Center cannot offer payment or a budget. Residency fees vary depending on the location of rooms and the season (winter / summer), between 700 – 950 Euros per month. See also our website, www.textilmidstod.is/en/textile-residency/residency-fee).
Artists staying for both months, April and May, will only be charged winter prices.
Expectations towards the artist
Artists are asked to give a talk at the beginning of the stay to introduce themselves and their work to the other artists in residence. Skill-share workshops are, of course, part of the initiative and thus obligatory. The proposed workshop can be anywhere from 2 hours to a full day in duration, depending on the idea. Artists do not need specific teaching experience, but will need a willingness to share and participate. Artists are encouraged to organize an exhibition or open house at the end of each month, but this is optional.