The textile residency in Kvennaskólinn is a collaborative program of Þekkingarsetur and the Icelandic Textile Center since 2012. The residency welcomes applicants from all countries and seeks to promote an atmosphere of creativity, experimentation, and reflection for artists working in the textile field. The residency is based within a historic building known as “Kvennaskólinn”, the former Women’s college in the small seaside town of Blönduós, Iceland.
Artists are selected via an application process and pay a monthly fee covering accommodation costs and access to studio facilities. Artists-in-residence also have access to Minjastofa Kvennaskólans, an exhibition dedicated to the history of the school, the Textile Museum in Blönduós, and the 46 meter tapestry of “Vatnsdæla”, an ongoing embroidery work open for visiting artists and the public.
The residency is furnished with eight bedrooms, a kitchen, bathrooms, a living room, laundry, a shared studio, and gallery space. Studio facilities include a loom loft, dye studio, sewing machines, and personal or large shared desks. A four-bedroom house located next to Kvennaskólinn was fully renovated in 2016 into part of the residency. It features private studio space and can be rented as a whole.
We hope that the scenic setting, including the old part of Blönduós and the salmon river Blanda, support and enhance the creativity of artists and scholars by providing them with uninterrupted time for work and exploration.