The Textile Center is located in the remote and rural location of Blönduós, north-western Iceland. This guide will help you navigate and overcome some of the challenges of living in a foreign place. The Textile Center Residency is self-sufficient. Initiative and improvisation are fine tools to bring along.
I – Practical information about The Textile Center and the area
II – About your Residency
Arriving in Keflavik (Reykjavik): Distance to Blönduós: 300 km. Many airlines fly to Keflavik including Icelandair, WOWair , EasyJet (summer), Delta Airlines, Air Berlin and German Wings. You can find out about these at www.kefair.is
Arriving in Akureyri: Fewer airlines fly to Akureyri, which is closer to Blönduós than Reykjavik (150 km). Most flights to Akureyri happen over the summer with connection to the other Nordic Countries.
Airport Shuttle from Keflavik Airport to Reykjavik: There is bus from Keflavík Airport to the Reykjavík bus terminal BSI (duration: 45 minutes). If you are staying at a hotel or guest house, ask if the bus stops there. http://flybus.is.
Be aware not to take too long in the duty free, as buses leave a certain amount of time after the plane lands. Tickets are bought in the arrivals area after baggage claim.
Bus from Reykjavik to Blönduós
The bus company is called Stræto. www.straeto.is
Bus 57 goes from Mjódd bus station (Rvk) to Blönduós.
You can find bus times, fares, and other information on their website. You can pay for your fare once you board the bus, have cash in case their card machine is broken. Their booking phone number: (+354) 540 2700.
The Short Version of Bus Directions:
If arriving on an early morning flight, you might catch the 9am bus 57 Mjódd to Blönduós, same day, without staying overnight in Reykjavik.
IN THIS CASE:
– Take the Flybus from the airport to BSI (45 min trip) and a cab from BSI to Mjódd (20 minutes, approx 3000 ISK) – you will make bus 57 if you leave in a cab by 8:30am from BSI.
– OR there might be a Grayline bus directly from the airport to Mjódd. Ask for Grayline at the airport, this would be cheaper. http://www.grayline.com/tours/reykjavik/keflavik-airport-to-reykjavik-hotels-5963_76/
– OR IF STAYING OVER NIGHT IN REYKJAVIK:
Buses during your residency
Buses departing from Blönduós: Check for updates Straeto bus schedules by searching timetables for:
Blönduós to Reykjavik: Mon – Fri – 12:35 or 17:20 / Sat – 17:05 / Sun 12:35 or 17:05
Blönduós to Akureyri: Mon – Fri – 12:20 or 20:50 / Sat – 12:05 / Sun 12:05 or 20:50
When you arrive at Mjódd, catch a cab, or a bus to Hlemmur / BSÍ airport bus terminal.
During your residency you can travel from Blönduós to Skagaströnd (20 min.) or Sauðárkrókur (50 min. (neighboring towns), or anywhere else that buses connect to.
The only bus you need to book is the one from Blönduós to Skagaströnd (and vice versa), as this shuttle bus is by appointment only. You have to order the shuttle bus connection from Blönduós to Skagaströnd by calling Stræto at least 2 hours in advance before the scheduled departure time. If booking the night before, still call on the day of travel to confirm (+354) 540 2700.
The shuttle bus leaves from the N1 gas station, and ends at the gas station in Skagaströnd.
If you want to keep going to other destinations, simply connect to the bigger buses that pass through Blönduós.
Going to Sauðárkrókur (and Akureyri/Reykjavik):
Catch the bus at the N1 gas station in Blönduós. You will arrive at the N1 gas station in Sauðárkrókur.
Going to Akureyri takes about 2 hours by bus from Blönduós. You will pass through Sauðárkrókur.
Going to Reykjavik, get on the Reykjavik bus at the Blönduós N1 gas station. The ride takes 4 hours and you will end at Mjódd.
How to book a taxi-cab in Reykjavik
Several taxi companies operate in the city of Reykjavik and they all have phone numbers that you can call to get a. Some of these companies have special offers for transport to and from Keflavik International Airport. All taxis have official mileage meters, and taxi fares are charged at standard rates.
These are the main taxi companies and their phone numbers: If calling from Iceland you do not need to dial the international code +354
Hreyfill-Bæjarleiðir: +354 588 5522, B.S.R. taxis: +354 561 0000, B.S.H. taxis: +354 555 0888 and
Borgarbílastöðin: +354 552 2440.
How to book a taxi-cab in Akureyri
BSO, the only cab company at Akureyri, Strandgötu
It provides 24 hours service. It is possible to get cabs that take up to 8 persons and also special cars for disabled people. If booked in advance it is possible to get favorable terms on long trips.
You may choose to spend some time in Reykjavik before or after your stay in Blönduós. We suggest a stay at the guesthouse of SÍM, Association for Icelandic Artists. The guesthouse has 4 private rooms (shared kitchen and bathroom). It is located in the center of downtown Reykjavik, so staying there in weekends can be noisy. Walking distance to almost everything.
The month prior to your residency you will receive an email with additional local information etc. If you haven’t received anything, please contact the office of Textilsetur: email@example.com
The Textile Center Residency housing is inside Kvennaskólinn, the former women’s college in Blönduós. Kvennaskólinn is a very old building—over 100 years old! Please be mindful of this historical building and its quirks.
You have your own private bedroom, a shared kitchen and shared bathroom. The room is expected to house one artist alone, if you have children or a spouse who need to be with you please discuss this with us, as extra fees and accommodation will be arranged. Please be courteous and considerate when sharing a house, which means you cleaning up after yourself (including doing your dishes, cleaning your hair from the shower drain, wiping tables, cleaning the fridge, and throwing away garbage). You must leave your accommodation as clean as you found it.
Windows: When cooking in the kitchen, or showering in the bathroom, there is likely to be steam. So please remember to open the window to let steam out.
If you are leaving the house for a trip, make sure ALL windows are closed, as you don’t know if the weather will change and bring a storm unexpectedly. Not fun to return to!
Household Supplies: Artists are responsible for all living expenses. The Textile Center will assist and provide some non-consumables like tea-towels, sponges, dish-washing brush, and linen. Artists are responsible for consumable items like washing powder, dish washing liquid, soap and toilet paper.
Broken Items: If you happen to break anything, please inform Jóhanna so it can be replaced.
Linen is supplied, artists have to launder their linen upon departure.
Your residency fee includes all bills and you do not have to pay for electricity etc. However please be eco-conscious, and turn off lights and heating if you are not using them. A good average gauge on heating is to keep it around ‘3’, and much lower in summer.
Smoking is not allowed in the house no matter what time of year. You may smoke outside.
Noise: Blönduós is a small town, so please don’t make excessive noise or loud parties. If you are making performances that may contain noise in public or in exhibitions, please give notice in advance.
It is great to be together and work under the same roof. The open plan studio enables artists to work along each other and to relate to each other’s work if desired. As a shared space, courtesy and consideration for others is important. Artists are responsible for the studio. It is an extension of your space. It is advisable to keep to the same guidelines as at home, empty the garbage regularly, place recyclables in the recycle bin, and keep spaces tidy.
The studios are accessible 24/7. You can work on any schedule you like, at any time. Your work space is your responsibility – but please respect your fellow artists! It is required that you clean your working space in the studio before you leave – the next artist should find a space as tidy as you did. It will include sweeping and wiping the desk and floor.
Music should be enjoyed via headphones, particularly if you work with sound art or film. Please respect that other people may need quiet in order to work. If there is only a couple of people in the studios, and they have the same taste and enjoy working to music, this may be ok. Please be considerate if someone else comes in, as the default setting is quiet.
If you are the last one out, please turn off all lights and close the door.
Wi-Fi internet is free in the Textile Center. However, Wi-Fi is not unlimited in Iceland. While the Textile Center’s Wi-Fi is the largest plan available in Iceland, it is still limited. Please do not download large files such as music, movies, tv shows, etc. Even streaming movies and tv shows exhausts the monthly allotted internet bandwidth. Once exhausted, there is no more internet for the rest of the month, which is not fun for anyone at the Textile Center. Please use the internet conservatively!
Artists are welcome to use the office phone for calls within Iceland. This is available any time day or night. The office is not locked. Please return the phone immediately after use.
When dialing in Iceland, there is no area code (do not enter +354).
To find a listed phone number you can check the directory website www.ja.is
Dial 112 – This is the equivalent to dialing 000 in Australia, or 911 in the USA.
In the case of emergency, please notify Jóhanna (+ 354 898 4290 / +354 894 9030).
In Blönduós: If you need a doctor in a hurry, there is a hospital in Blönduós with a doctor’s surgery. It is the big white building with a red roof on the left after the bridge. Enter from the car park around the back (not the side of the main road). Location: Aster, Flúðabakka 2 | 540 Blönduós
You can call ahead to make an appointment: Símanúmer (phone): 455 4100 | Bréfasími (fax): 455 4136
If it is more serious, we will organize a car to drive you. If the doctor at Blönduós has recommended it, you can receive more comprehensive assistance at the Akureyri hospital, we will organize a car.
For the dentist, you can take a bus to Sauðárkrókur, where there are excellent practitioners with fluent english. One is Eyjolfur Sigurðursson, Ártorgi 1 (above the department store/supermarket near N1), Sauðárkrókur Phone: 453-6282
The town is a small, rural village on the edge of the sea in the north-western coast line of Iceland. It is a remote place without city conveniences, so please be prepared in mind and when it comes to materials. The town has a population of approx. 1.000 people, which includes provinces and surroundings.
In Blönduós you find a grocery store, two gas stations, library, restaurant, bar, hospital with pharmacy, medical center, kindergarten, grade school, sports hall with a gym, pool with two hot pots and a steam room, occasional dance or sport classes, a hairdresser, a bank, post office, mechanics, electricians, mayor’s office, police station, a church and many farms. There are three museums, which include the Textile Museum next door to the residency, The Sea and Ice Museum which houses the famous local polar bear (stuffed), and the Salmon Museum.
The Textile Center does not organize or facilitate sightseeing. Still there are many places close by that you may enjoy seeing, in this case we recommend renting a car with other resident artists, or catching a bus to destinations (like Sauðárkrókur or Akureyri) where you can connect with some tour operators.
The interior of Iceland and some dangerous routes are closed for car travel from September and during winter due to poor road conditions (mostly they are impassable dirt roads covered in snow and ice in winter). All cars must, by law, have winter tires during winter months and icy conditions.
ALWAYS HOLD ONTO DOOR HANDLES WHEN OPENING CAR DOORS!!!!
THE WIND CAN BEND YOUR DOOR BACKWARDS SOMETIMES.
Can be stressful in bad weather…
There is no car rental office in Blönduós.
AVIS is the only car company that delivers cars to Blönduós. Call Avis – Baldur: 893 3515
To check the road conditions go to this website: www.vegagerdin.is
To check weather:
Spring is a transitional season, so we experience the flux between winter and summer, bringing snow, an occasional storm, often strong winds, clear skies, sometimes the Northern Lights early in the season, the melt of snow of the mountains causing waterfalls and rivers to thrive, the landscape emerges from slumber, and reveals itself once more from under the white blanket of winter snows of passing.
Clothing: Each season is different, and you will be able to cater to different climates. However, you should always pack the essentials: gloves, thermal underwear, warm hats (preferable to cover the ears), scarf, water- and windproof outerwear. You may experience summer days one week and winter days the next week.
Summer (June, July, August)
Complete accessibility! The landscape invites you to have picnics and barbeques, you can bring summer dresses (with tights and scarf). The wind lulls and grows calm, there is no snow, the sun brings warmth, and the sky becomes bright 24 hours a day. The midnight sun means long days and hikes at 10pm. The sun does not set, it simply dips the horizon with the longest day on June 21. The weather can change fast though and it is recommended to bring warm woollens and weatherproof jackets for the more mild summers with days of Arctic winds.
Clothing: Wear t-shirts, skirts with leggings, but stick to closed shoes, as the breeze can sometimes be quite chilly. You may need a cardigan, sweater, or jacket. If you are going on a boat, camping, or an outdoor trip you will need a windproof and warm jacket plus your gloves and hat.
Autumn (September, October, November)
The transitional season of autumn means a manageable weather forecast, wind fluctuates between still and strong, and the season pulls together the remains of summer’s magnificent sunsets with the introduction of light dustings of occasional snows and frosts. November brings heavier winter weather and a dramatic shift compared to the other months of autumn. In 2012 we had northern lights as early as August and September. The shifts can bring occasional rains, or warm days reminiscent of summer, with cold snaps soon after.
Clothing: A wool coat or heavy sweater, a waterproof outer jacket/parka, woolen socks, gloves, scarf, and good shoes are essential. Thermals are also needed, especially when outside in the evening (between dinners and the northern lights). The middle of the day may also surprise you with an occasionally warmth, so layers are a good idea.
Winter (December, January, February)
Experiencing sunrises blending into sunsets, the short days bring a very particular and beautiful light. Skies, clouds and seas illuminated by a unique Nordic light. Often the roads are covered in ice and the snowplow will clear the roads. We encourage artists to embrace the winter and treat it as an adventure. If you are prone to depression, or if you need light to wake up, it may be advisable to bring a dawn simulating lamp. In winter the sun rises and sets at different times every day, in December the shortest day is December 21st, with about 2 hours daylight, and a glow of dusk and dawn that extends beyond that. The increments between sunrise and sunset each day increases dramatically, by March we are back to almost 12 hours night and 12 hours light. It is really the most beautiful daylight, a very condensed version of beauty.
Clothing: Over the winter months we have snow and ice covering the ground. Think through your footwear: waterproof, windproof, and shoes with thick soles will do you well. Otherwise a good pair of gum boots/wellingtons and woolen socks. You must have a thick and warm waterproof parka, and it is a good idea to bring waterproof outerwear pants. We can get snow up to your knees or worse in heavy snowfalls. Always bring thermal underwear, windproof gloves, good socks, scarf, a hat to cover the ears, a neck gaiter to pull up over your face in stormy winds/horizontal snow, parka and good shoes.
Spring: (March, April, May)
The spring brings a lot of bird life and activity in the landscape, each year can bring a very different environment; warm, or cold, rainy or clear. The snow is still present and gradually melts closer to summer. The river runs with clear melting glacial water, and the landscape emerges before your eyes from it´s blanket of snow. The migratory birds will begin appearing for nesting come May/June. The northern lights will often still appear, and the landscape calms down with the winter storms subsiding. Days grow longer each day, and the seas outside our studio window can be rough one day and calm the next. It will be windy a lot. Weather is in a transitional phase and fog, rain, or warm clear days can appear. Be prepared to see Iceland in almost every state of being.
Clothing: Weather gear is essential; wind and water proof jacket, gumboots/wellingtons and warm woollen socks or good weather proof shoes, hat to cover the ears, gloves, scarf, and warm layers are needed. Inside the house and studios you can wear anything you like as we have good heating and you wont feel the cold.
February: “Þorrablót” (February-blood) – an old Viking tradition to celebrate the Viking gods and the month of Þorri. We no longer make animal sacrifices to the gods but the feast includes traditional Icelandic food like dried fish, fermented shark, sheep-heads, haggis, pickled rams testicles and other strange food. This is washed down with Brennivín aka Black Death.
April: The third Thursday of the month we celebrate the first day of summer “sumardagurinn fyrsti.” This is often held in a last snow storm, just to remind us that winter will be here again soon.
May: 1. is a public holiday, International Labour Day, and celebrated in the local community.
June: The last Saturday of May or first Saturday of June is the “Fisherman’s Day” in Iceland. In Skagaströnd it is a major event with festivities and competitions such as rowing and tug-of-war.
Our independence day is June 17th with festivities, a parade in Blönduós and some other activities.
The summer solstice is on June 21st, the longest day of the year, the sun skims the horizon.
May through July: Blönduós is very close to the polar circle where the midnight sun never sets. The months of May through July are therefore very bright with only part dusk/dawn in the middle of the night. The sun in fact circles the sky, touching on north, south, east, and west.
Hunavaka, a three day long city festival, takes place the third weekend in July. There are lots of free events and live music in the evening.
August: The other big festival of Skagaströnd is the country-days or Kántrýdagur. Originally started by Hallbjörn the “country” king of Iceland. His radio station (country music) is possibly the only radio station of its kind in Northern Europe. There is often a bonfire and singing, live bands and festivities.
September: The sheep and horse roundup is something not to be missed. This gathering of farmers, locals and tourists all trying to control a bunch of wild sheep and horses that are now brought back from the mountains is a true feast. There are often country balls after the round up. If you want, you can try the sheep round up, running up and down hills to steer them down hill together with locals.
November through January: Because of the latitude of Blönduós the sun plays a part with only about 3-5 hours of daylight and the sun barely above the horizon, rising and setting in the south (south east to south west). This makes very long and beautiful sunsets. The coldest time of the year is December through February but not as cold as you think. The gulf stream and our coastal location ensures the constant freezing then thawing as temperatures rise above and below 0°C. If you want to experience snow, ice, darkness, breathtaking skies, and changing weather conditions this is the time of year to visit.
Credit cards and debit cards are widely accepted in all bars, hotels, shops, stores, gas stations and most places you need to spend money in Iceland. Taxi cabs accept credit or debit cards. Busses accept credit cards on occasion, but it is better to use cash for busses, as not all of them will be equipped to take card. The airport shuttle accepts cards at the ticket booth.
There is a money exchange at the airport, however if you arrive/depart late at night or early morning it may be closed. You will be able to use your credit/debit card for the airport shuttle and in duty free. This should get you through to Reykjavik, where there are banks on the main street ‘Laugurvegur’.
There is a bank in Blönduós, near the super market. The ATM is available 24 hours a day.
You can exchange your money at any bank in Iceland.
The residency is an organization that provides artists a home and studio for the duration of their residency period, which is valid from the 1st to the last day of the month of any given months applied for. The residency is structured to enable artists to work with focus and no limits in time. There will be access to the studios 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so any schedule of working can be accommodated. Each artist in residence has her own key to the Textile Center.
The Textile Center primarily considers the research, development, and process based residency most important. This emphasizes our primary goal – to provide space for artistic processes. It is through this out of context placement of your work that creates new perspectives, developments, while key strategies in your work may be formed, revisited, or completely turned upside down.
The Textile Center does not curate or facilitate exhibitions. The artist is very welcome to initiate their own exhibitions in the area with the Textile Center as a local base, and we can assist in finding spaces or helping you to present your work in the town of Blönduós.
At the end of each month we host an open studios, or if the artists would like they can organise an exhibition in our makeshift “Bílskúr Gallerí” across the street which has white walls and is often used as the dying studio.
The artist is at all times responsible for presenting their own work: installing it, packing it down, and returning the space back to normal. The Textile Center simply does not have the staff to operate an on-site gallery or install team. All work should be taken home with the artist, as we are not an acquisitive institution.
As mentioned, Blönduós is a remote and rural place. This means we receive most supplies from other towns: Sauðárkrókur, Reykjavik or Akureyri. You can order most things online and if it is being sent from within Iceland, postage is usually within 1 business day.
There is no store in Blönduós with art supplies, though you can buy some yarn and basic paper supplies from the supermarket. We recommend that you bring all the materials you need for your artwork.
If you want to buy artist materials in Reykjavík there is a good art supply store in the middle of Skólavörðustígur called Litir and Föndur.
Here are some specific places in Reykjavik to acquire textile supplies:
a) Erla – for embroidery threads and sewing.
Snorrabraut 38, Reykjavik.
http://www.erla.is website is in Icelandic, but I think if you google search for it, it might offer an english translation. It is walking distance from the main street Laugavegur.
b)Storkurinn – for yarn etc
Laugavegur 59, Reykjavik.
http://storkurinn.is A great boutique on the main street downtown. Above the supermarket called Bónus.
c) The Icealndic Knitting Association
Skólavörðustígur 19, Reykjavik. (corner of Klappastigur)
http://www.handknit.is/en/user/home They sell a lot of lopapeysa, handmade knitwear and lopi wool.
All of these places are in walking distance from each other, I would also check out the supermarket, Bónus, for things.
You could check the larger suppliers directly online in case they mail online orders:
There is a printing store in Sauðárkrókur. Nýprent in Sauðárkrókur can post your order. Simply call them to arrange your printing order. They can print glossy posters, and anything to order really. Nýprent, Borgarflöt 1, 550 Sauðárkróki. Phone 455 71 71.
If you need to print photographs we recommend 2 places:
For particular items, analogue, art prints, and very custom made prints of high quality, we recommend Custom Photo Lab. They resent digital and prefer old school, but do everything.
Fiskislóð 79, 101 Reykjavik. 551 7900 http://www.customphotolab.is/
To simply print some normal photos, you can upload the images online with Ljósmyndavörur and pay a little extra for postage. They will develop your pictures to standard sizes and you can pay online with credit card. It will just take a few days. http://framkollun.ljosmyndavorur.is
Living expenses are to be covered by the artists. The Textile Center provides housing and studios.
The artist is responsible for all food, perishables or consumables, including dish washing detergent, toilet paper, laundry detergent, soap, shampoo, and other toiletries, etc.
The supermarket Samkaup is situated a few minutes walk from the Residency. It has a fair amount of everyday goods, fresh vegetables, fish, meat and bread.
The Textile Center is not a funding or granting body.
We recommend doing a google search for grants or checking with your own country’s government bodies, arts councils, or philanthropic funding organizations.
Below are some grants we know of:
European Textile Network has this resource
UNESCO Aschberg Bursaries for Artists
For US citizens:
The Fulbright grant http://www.cies.org/about_fulb.htm
The Leifur Eiriksson grant http://www.leifureirikssonfoundation.org/
The American Scandinavian foundation http://www.amscan.org/is
Thor Thors grant http://www.iceam.is/english/
Sustainable Arts Foundation, Support for Parents, Residency Grants. http://www.sustainableartsfoundation.org/residencygrants
For Nordic and Baltic citizens:
Mobility grant, http://norden.org/webb/news/news.asp?id=8361&lang=6
Sweden- Stipends for projects abroad
The residency relies on artist fees to operate.
The residency fee of 700/780 euro as listed below is for one artist alone. Guests, children, or a spouse will incur additional costs. Please let us know if you intend to bring family or a collaborator. If our residency is full, we cannot accommodate additional guests. All fees are due to be paid no later than 3 months prior to your residency start date.
Fees per month – please multiply this by how many months you choose to stay.
All rooms have access to studio space in open communal studio, a loom in the weaving studio and working space in a dye studio across the street.
Residency fee – summer (May 1st – September 31st):
€ 780 1 standard room – for one person; one bed, a desk and a chair.
€ 820 1 riverside view room – for one person; one bed, a desk and a chair.
€ 930 1 riverside view room with conjoined private studio + wc – for one person; one bed, a desk, a chair, toilet and sink.
€ 1.300 1 standard room shared with 1 partner/collaborator – for two persons; two beds, a desk and a chair.
Residency fee – winter (October 1st – April 3oth):
€ 700 1 standard room – for one person; one bed, a desk and a chair.
€ 740 1 riverside view room – for one person; one bed, a desk and a chair.
€ 850 1 riverside view room with conjoined private studio + wc – for one person; one bed, a desk, a chair, toilet and sink.
€ 1.100 1 standard room shared with 1 partner/collaborator – for two persons; two beds, a desk and a chair.
We accept payment by bank transfer only. Bring this information to your bank to make an international transfer. Put your name and the months you‘re staying with the payment and send us an email when everything is done, so we can confirmed your place at the residence.
Address: Árbraut 31, 540 Blönduós, Iceland
Name of bank: Arionbanki
Bank address: Húnabraut 5, 540 Blönduós, Iceland
IBAN: IS89 0307 2600 0680 6804 0511 50
All cancellations incur a 50 euro administration fee.
In addition to the administration fee, our cancellation policy is as follows:
In understanding this policy:
To attend the residency some people need time and plan well in advance before attending the Textile Center, we have to turn people away when we offer you your place and you confirm your stay with payment. Should you cancel with late notice, other artists who apply are stripped of this preparation time and even of the opportunity to attend. We are not always able to recover from losing an artist.
The Textile Center does not administer insurance to artists.
The Textile Center does not assume any legal responsibility for the artist, their work, their guests, or their travels, or any other activities while attending Textile Center Residency.
The Textile Center does not insure artists or their artworks.
All claims made by the artist must relate to their private insurance, travel insurance, or workplace insurance (or any other applicable insurances). Artists are highly encouraged by The Textile Center to sort these matters out before arriving to the residency.
You can mail things to the residency before you get here and receive personal mail.
On packages mailed ahead of time just put your name and arrival date on the packet i.e.
*Your Name Here*
c/o Kvennaskólinn, Textílsetur Residency
For custom benefits it is important to write:
“Personal belongings, no commercial value – may be opened by customs.”
If someone sends you items, be sure they tick “gift” or clearly declare they are sending items with no commercial value – personal belongings.
New items sent are subject to a tax you must pay before collection. This import tax is very high. If you are ordering items from amazon.com or other online retailers you will be charged according to their attached invoice. This tax can sometimes be as high as 60%. We recommend you bring what you need, and order things online within Iceland, locally purchased items from within Iceland are not subject to this import tax.
If sending art materials that you will need at Textile Center, it is recommended you check with your postal service in your own country to be advised about transit times. Then add another week or two, just in case.
If ordering things while here from Ebay, Amazon, or other international online retailers delivery times can vary between 1 week to 4 weeks depending on human error in the international postal services, often packages get run around all over Europe passing between a lot of European countries as they try to reroute or send it over to us here. Amazon and ASOS are usually very good with their postal estimates. Most items arrives within 2 weeks.
Once it reaches Iceland it should only be 1-2 days from Reykjavik.
Especially if sending with DHL or UPS make sure you correctly mark your items as used or personal items (not new) with a $/€0 value, as they are often prone to customs delays due to confusion over import taxes. This can sometimes cause hold ups in Reykjavik for weeks.
The Textile Center does not acquire artworks, nor can we store them. You can arrange to send your artwork home from the local post office in Blönduós. The post office does not have any cylindrical tubes to send rolled up canvass or papers. If your work is too large and cannot be sent home, you must either return the raw materials from whence they came.
The studios – please make sure you sweep the floor of your studio before you go, and clear all belongings from the space, and wipe down all surfaces. Furniture can stay, as the next artist may use it.
If you have art materials you aren’t going to take with you, find a suitable place in the communal supply room to leave them. It should be kept tidy for future artists to navigate.
Your Work – we encourage you take your work with you. If you physically cannot take what you’ve made, I ask you to do one of two things.
1) Return the work from whence it came (for recycled materials for others to use, back to the scrap yard, or back to the earth for decomposing if it’s natural)
2) Give it back to the community. If you have made connections with people here, you may like to donate the work to someone in the town.
Please do not leave it at the Textile Center there isn’t storage space to hold onto works in progress or objects that are worked on here.
Your room – Make sure your room is cleaned out and you have washed and dried your bed sheets and towels on the morning you leave – please plan so that it will be dry by the time you depart.
The fridge – please clean out the fridge, take away your foods and return dishes to the correct place … no one likes to arrive to a residency to find surprises in the fridge! This is a team effort, so make sure everyone works together to help keep your house tidy upon departure.
Please don’t assume the last person to leave will deal with everything.
All good things must end. Here’s the run down:
You will most likely be familiar with the buses after your time here.
Ensure you have an idea of your travel arrangements once you arrive to Mjódd bus station in Reykjavik, as the ticket booth may be closed. Call ahead to Straeto (540 2700) to find out which bus you need, or you may need to call for a taxi to your overnight accommodation, BSÍ /airport buses.
Airport buses leave from BSÍ bus station to the Keflavik airport.
Bon voyage and be sure to think of us!!
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