Textílmiðstöð Íslands - Icelandic Textile Center

General information

Brief 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


Brief description of residency program

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, Kvennaskólinn, 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
-sewing machines
-spinning wheels
-knitting machines
-plant dyeing equipment
-Icelandic patterns and handcrafts books
-Embroidery project "Vatnsdæla 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 program since


Disciplines and media
  • Textile Art
Type of organisation
  • Independent Association/Foundation

Residency conditions

Duration of residencies
  • between 1 and 3 months
Number of artists resident at one time

between 5 and 10

Companions allowed
  • Partners
Expenses paid by artist
  • Travel
  • Housing
  • Supplies
  • Food
Expectations of the artist
  • Other

The artists are expected to partake in an open studio afternoon, approx. 3 hrs, at the conclusion of the residence. If artist receives partial stipend then the expectations are according to the description above.

Application who/how

Digital Application

Selection procedure

By Committee

Presentation of artists' work

Exhibition at end of Residency

Description of residency



  • Internet Connection
  • TC2 digital loom
  • Office
  • Kitchen
Number of studios


Type and size of studios

Shared Studio

  • Private Room
  • Private Apartment
Working language(s)
  • English
Other activities happening at the space
  • Artist talk, presentations, group or single exhibitions

How to reach

By plane

Most flights enter Iceland via Keflavík international airport, which 35 -45 min. to the capital, Reykjavík, by airport shuttle bus.
Bus transport (or by car) to Blönduós is 3 hrs north from Reykjavik on the main ring road.

By car

Driving to Blönduós takes 3 hrs via the main ring road, north from the capital Reykjavík.

The bus company Straeto operates daily buses from both Reykjavik or Akureyri.

Nearest airport


Link to Google Maps

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Contact information

Textílmiðstöð Íslands - Icelandic Textile Center
Árbraut 31
540 Blönduós


Phone: +354 4524030

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