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Icelandic Field School Information Session

2023-11-27 @ 17:30 - 19:30

Kathleen Vaughan will give an information session about the Icelandic Field school and courses!

Returning June 1-30, 2024, The Iceland Field School is a 3-credit mixed level (BFA to PhD – ARTE 398/660/850 Imagining Iceland) artist’s residency in north Iceland, with a fibre arts inflection!

Open to current Concordia students.

The Iceland Field School (IFS) is sited at the Icelandic Textile Centre, an academic research centre and artistic residency in Blönduós, Iceland, during the endless daylight of June. Students create individualized, interdisciplinary artistic projects in media including textiles, photography, video, performance, drawing, environmental art, graphic novels, book arts, writing, or academic work on themes of museum studies, community development, tourism, and hospitality studies. We learn using a place-based, post-humanist lens, and consider environmental issues important to Iceland, Canada, and the world. We aim to give back to our host community as well as to receive.

Coursework includes workshops with Icelandic experts in tapestry weaving, spinning wool, and natural dyeing with locally foraged plants, plus a talk by a notable Iceland-based artist. Students learn with place as they focus on their independent creative work. Students have double occupancy accommodation in two buildings (the heritage Kvennaskólinn or Women’s School) and House 35, and share kitchen, laundry, and bathroom facilities. The Centre provides a large, shared studio, weaving loft and looms (experienced weavers only), natural dye shed, and a digitally-enabled classroom. Not suitable for those with mobility challenges. Non-toxic processes only.

The Iceland Field School is designed and led by Kathleen Vaughan, Concordia University Chair in Art + Education for Sustainable and Just Futures and Professor of Art Education. kathleen.vaughan@concordia.ca. Find out more at information sessions with Kathleen (mandatory prior to application):

• Tues, Nov 21 2 to 4 p.m. (EV2.645)
• Mon, Nov 27 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. (EV10.730)
• Thurs Dec 7, 1 to 3 p.m. (EV5.825)
• Tues, Jan 16 2:30 p.m. by Zoom (will be recorded and available on the Concordia International website)


Application period is online, January 18 to February 8, 2024, at Concordia International:


Applications must include a letter of intent, portfolio, transcript, and may include an interview.

Program cost is CAD$3650 (accommodation and workshops) PLUS the cost of a 3-credit course, which varies depending on level of study and place of home residency. You may be eligible for financial aid in the form of a Quebec Mobility Bursary ($1500TBC) and/or a Thomson Family Field School Bursary ($1300). You must also pay your own travel costs, food, medical insurance, art supplies, and incidental costs.

Come and find out more about this transformational opportunity to study, make, and live under June’s midnight sun in northwest Iceland!


17:30 - 19:30


Textiles and Materiality Cluster (EV 10.730)