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Imagining Iceland: Summer Short-Program at the Icelandic Textile Centre


Summer Program

The Faculty of Fine Arts and Concordia International are pleased to offer a new short-term summer program at the Icelandic Textile Centre.  This exciting program provides students with the opportunity to earn 3 Concordia credits while spending approximately 4 weeks in Iceland.  Dr. Kathleen Vaughan, Associate Professor, Department of Art Education, will accompany the group.

Program Dates & Courses

DATE:  Program dates for 2020 to be determined.

The program consists of the following course worth 3 credits:

ARTE 398-660-850: Special Topics: Imagining Iceland

This course is offered at the undergraduate, Masters and PhD levels.

The curriculum for ARTE 398-660-850: Special Topics: Imagining Iceland will be provided by Dr. Kathleen Vaughan.  Apart from the official curriculum, several optional field trips are being offered to students whilst in Blönduós.  Please note that the field trips are non-compulsory and are not ARTE 398-660-850 course requirements.  Students participating in optional field trips are deemed to have accepted the inherent risks involved (travel, driving etc.).  Any expenses related to the field trips are at the cost of the participant.

Field trips for 2020 to be determined.  Here are examples of optional field trips offered during the Summer 2018 program:

'Sheep to skein' workshop about Icelandic wool and spinning
Cost CAD$52 per person for wool PLUS shared costs of car rental

Natural Dyeing 5-hour workshop at Gudrún Bjarnadóttir's studio near Borgarnes
Cost ISK11,000 per person (cash or Visa) PLUS shared costs of car rental

No-hands-on visit to Gudrún's studio to join us for cake and coffee
Cost is free except for shared costs of car rental

Icelandic knitting workshop (90 minutes) with Hannele Henttinen * At the Textile Centre

Field trip to the Blanda Hydro station, in the highlands about 30 minutes outside the town
No extra cost for event, just shared costs of car rental

Tapestry weaving workshop with Ragga (Ragnheiður Þórsdóttir) * At the Textile Centre

Estimated Costs & Bursary

Concordia will charge program participants for 3 credits of Concordia tuition and a program fee (fee to be determined). This fee includes housing at the Icelandic Textile Centre in Blönduós, Iceland, workshops in weaving, knitting and traditional Icelandic embroidery, entry to the Icelandic Textile Museum and admission to the Blönduós knitting festival.

Students are responsible for selecting and paying their transportation to/from Blönduós; mandatory health and travel insurance; meals; spending money; any required travel documents and other miscellaneous expenses associated with travel.

To offset costs, Concordia International is offering a bursary (bursary to be determined) to students admitted to the program. Please note that the abovementioned bursary cannot be combined with any other mobility scholarship, mobility bursary or mobility award.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Be enrolled in a Bachelor’s degree program, have a minimum 2.7 cumulative GPA and have completed at least 24 credits toward your current degree program by the end of the academic year.


  • Be enrolled in a Master’s degree program, have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and have completed at least 9 credits toward your current degree program by the end of the academic year.  


  • Be enrolled in PhD degree program, have a 3.7 cumulative GPA and have completed at least 9 credits toward your current degree program by the end of the academic year.  

The selection committee reserves the right to interview applicants

Host Institution

Textílsetur Íslands, or in English: The Icelandic Textile Center is situated in the scenic seaside Northwestern town of Blönduós. Textílsetur aims to promote or develop Icelandic and international textiles and to encourage research as well as education in the field of textile art and design. The Textílsetur Residency provides visiting students, scholars, and artists with working spaces to conduct their artistic practice, research, and study-trips within textiles.


Students will have accommodation and studio facilities at the Textile Centre. Accommodations are shared 2-person rooms in the refurbished Women’s School (Kvennaskollin), with shared kitchen and bathroom facilities.  Students will share a large studio with a view over the Huna Bay, suitable for table-based work.  A weaving loft has looms for experienced weavers and a dye-shed will provide facilities for natural dyeing.   

How to Apply

Your application must also include:

  •  A copy of your most recent transcript
  • A letter of intent describing why you wish to participate in the Iceland Field School and the kind of work you hope to accomplish while there.  You should also make mention of what strengths or contributions you think you will bring to the group
  • A sample of your creative or scholarly practice.  This could be either (or a combination of both):
    • 5 images of artwork, plus image list (dates, dimensions, media) and artist’s statement
    • A sample of scholarly or creative writing, minimum 5 pages double-spaced

Please Note

  • Concordia admissions decisions will be communicated by email after the application deadline.
  • Final admissions decisions will be made by the program monitor, Dr. Vaughan.
  • The Icelandic Textile Centre requires all participating students to read the Centre’s rules and policies and sign a waiver (will be provided to participants admitted to the program)
  • Students admitted to the program will have to attend a mandatory pre-departure meeting
  • Students admitted to the program will have to attend two preparatory meetings in early spring and then while in Iceland, a total of seven three-hour group meetings.
  • Participants will host an exhibition of their work for Icelandic locals.
  • All information on this website is subject to change without notice.
  • The program is subject to cancellation at any time and for any reason
  • A maximum of 13 participants will be selected to participate in the program.
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