About the residency

The Textile Center residency 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). 

The residency is situated in a historic building and former Women’s College in Blönduós known as Kvennaskólinn. The residency can accommodate 8 - 10 artists, with residencies lasting one (minimum) or more months (3 max). 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 and private accommodation for groups (4 max.) or individual artists in a newly renovated house located 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 2016, we produced a number of short videos on the Textile Residency and the region. In walking distance, there is a great gym and heated outdoor pool featuring two hot tubs, sauna and 25m lap pool. 

Since it first opened in 2013, the Textile Center residency has hosted over 250 textile artists and scholars from all around the world. Our artist in residence's work has featured at Art Brussels (Hannah Epstein), Lake Como Design Fair (Signe Emdal), Textile Arts Center in New York (Ýr Jóhannsdóttir), Fashion Pop Montreal (WhiteFeather Hunter), Penland Gallery (Amy Tavern), San Francisco Museum of Craft and Design (Christy Madson). Artists in residence work as tailors and dressmakers, fashion designers, and textile developers (Hollie Ward, Anja Alexandersdóttir). Shoko Tsuji's delicate embroidery work features in Chanel's Fall 2019 collection. 

Since 2017, artists in residence are featured in our own 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. 

More detailed information on the day to day life at the residency, Blönduós, getting here etc. is provided in our residency Book of Answers

Contact residency@textilecenter.is for any questions on the textile residency.