SÍM / THE ASSOCIATION OF ICELANDIC ARTISTS
The Association of Icelandic Visual Artists (SÍM) was founded in 1982 and today serves as an interest organization with 760 members. The members of SÍM are either individuals or representatives of professional associations of artists. SÍM serves as an umbrella organization of seven artists’ associations. It is the largest organization of working artists in Iceland.
The goal of SÍM is to improve the salaries and conditions of artists, look out for their interests and rights. SÍM handles various projects for government agencies, appoints representatives to boards and committees, and gives advices on a variety of issues.
SÍM Residency is an international residency for visual artists located in Reykjavík, Iceland. It is run by SÍM - Samband íslenskra myndlistarmanna or The Association of Icelandic Visual Artists.
SÍM is a non-profit organization without any operating state grants. Currently, SÍM is hosting three locations; Hafnarstraeti where the SÍM Gallery, Office and Guesthouse are located, and two residency apartments Seljavegur, which is a 10 minute walk from the city center, and Korpúlfsstaðir, situated on the outskirts of Reykjavik.
Having started in 2002 with a small one-bedroom apartment and studio in downtown Reykjavik, our residency now welcomes over 150 artists from all over the world on an annual basis. It is the oldest artist residency in the country and has inspired the establishment of many other artist residencies around Iceland.
We are currently the only visual arts residency based in Reykjavik area.
SIM offers two different residency locations in Reykjavik area – Seljavegur in downtown Reykjavik and Korpúlfsstaðir set in an idyllic location on the edge of town. The different settings allow us to cater to each artists requirements, giving them the opportunity to choose their location, regarding on their needs and projects.
Seljavegur and Korpúlfsstaðir house around 70 studios used by local artists and three workshop studios for Textiles, Ceramics and the Icelandic Printmakers Association.
Throughout the year SÍM and SIM Residency host both long and short exchanges, collaborations and partnership projects with cultural institutions and artist organizations from Norway, Finland, Lithuania, Germany, France, and Poland.
In recent years SIM Residency has received grants from Kknord, enabling SIM to invite artists from the Nordic and the Baltic countries to stay at the residency.
SIM Residency Seljavegur
Seljavegur 32, 101 Reykjavik
SIM Residency Korpúlstaðir
Thorsvegur 1, 112 Reykjavik
SÍM Office /
Gallery / Guest Apartments
Hafnarstraeti 16, 101 Reykjavik
Managing Director of SIM
SIM Residency Project Manager
The SIM Residency is an international self-directed artist-in-residence programme in Reykjavik, Iceland. The main objective of the residency is to provide a venue for international artists to take part in the Icelandic art scene, thereby creating a broader context within which local and international artists can experience their own work.
The SIM Residency seeks to promote an environment of reflection, research, study and play by providing artists with a working environment that supports the artistic process.
Artists can stay for a period of one to three months and are accepted based on their project proposal and work examples. A bachelor's degree in fine arts or similar qualifications is required. The residency program includes two public events: artist talk and open studios. Additional events like solo exhibitions at SIM Gallery, educational workshops, or collaboration projects with local art schools or kindergartens can also be organised.
SIM Residency is a sustainable residency without receiving state grants. Visiting artist pay a residency fee between 455,00€ and 900,00 € per month. This meets the minimum cost of running the residency program. The fee includes accommodation, studio space, and where applicable, access to technical facilities.
SIM Residency open call applications are open twice a year:
From 1st till 31st January for period July – December
From 1st till 31st July for period January – June
*additional announcements for rooms/studios availabilities due to cancellations are available with our newsletters, and applications for short notice availabilities are accepted throughout the year. To receive the latest news please subscribe to our newsletter.
Duration of Residency
Granted residency is from the second to the last day of the relevant month.
The SIM Residency is a self-directed art project-based residency and requires a project proposal as well as work examples.
All mediums of visual arts (painting, sculpture, engraving, photography, drawing, illustration, mixed techniques, sound art, installations, comic strips, performance, textile arts or any other form of related expression) are accepted including cross-disciplinary art project proposals. SIM Residency also welcomes curators and art writers for research-based projects.
Qualifying applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in fine arts or similar qualifications.
Events / activities
SIM Residency self-directed artist-in-residence program includes an introduction meeting, two public, and two private events. All event dates are announced one month before the residency program begins.
All events are optional, only the introduction meeting is mandatory.
Type: private meeting
Time: beginning of each month
Location: both residency locations
Type: public event
Time: beginning of each month
Location: SIM Gallery Hafnarstræti 16, 101 Reykjavik Iceland
Type: private gathering
Time: after artists’ talk
Location: SIM Residency apartment at Seljavegur 32
Type: public event
Time: the end of month
Location: both SIM Residency locations
*each applicant is welcome to propose ideas for individual lectures, workshops, talks or other artistic activities.
*SIM Residency collaborates with local kindergartens and art schools where educational workshops can be organized.
Seljavegur - is situated in the western part of Reykjavík city center in one of SIM's most popular local artist`s studio spaces. In 2019 the residency apartment was moved to the second floor of the building for practical reasons, however, the magnificent view over the ocean towards Snæfellsjökull (Snaefellsnes Glacier) is still able to be enjoyed.
Seljavegur 32 is 10-minute walk from the old city center of Reykjavík. Close by are libraries, museums, galleries, bus stops, supermarkets, a hardware store, swimming pools, cinemas, the University of Iceland, restaurants, etc. The Residency apartment consists of 9 private single bedroom/studios, one private single bedroom with separated individual studio, and one double bedroom/studio. The central residency location allows artists easy access to libraries, museums, and galleries. It is a perfect residency location for research-based art projects. Every month Seljavegur residency can host up to 11 artists, which makes the shared space active, alive, and vibrant. Perfectly suitable for shorter stay residencies.
Korpúlfsstaðir residency is situated 10km from the city center in the eastern outskirts of Reykjavík with a beautiful view to Mount Esja. It is surrounded by one of Reykjavík's popular golf courses, inspiring hiking trails, and long walks by the seashores.
Close by are city bus stops, supermarkets, a hardware store, swimming pools and a cinema. Korpúlfsstaðir houses 40 studios for SÍM artists, as well as a textile workshop, ceramic workshop, graphic art center and artist run gallery. The workshops are not included in the residency fee, but access can be arranged with their curators.
The residency apartment consists of two private bedrooms with separate studios, and five private bedroom/studios. On the upper floor all artists have access to a large, shared project space. This is the perfect location for longer residencies, as it is a peaceful and quiet location. Korpúlfsstaðir allows artists to develop their research, focus on art projects, and gain easy access to workshop facilities.
Studio / Workspace
Seljavegur residency apartment offers artists bedrooms/studios where they work and sleep in the same space. There is also a shared project space in the basement available for bigger projects.
Korpúlfsstaðir residency apartment offers 5 bedrooms/studios where artists work and sleep in the same space, 2 rooms with separate studio spaces (on the top floor) and a shared project space. Korpúlfstaðir hosts three workshop studios - textiles, ceramic and a graphic arts center.
Artists have to bring their own materials. The residency only provides living and working space. SIM Residency artists are able to use all the equipment at our partners' workshops. Availability and payment need to be arranged directly with workshop staff.
The residency can provide two projectors, speakers, headphones, screens and all essential equipment to install artworks at the gallery.
Fees and Support
Artists pay their own expenses including travel, insurance, and living costs.
SIM Residency does not have a funding body and we are unfortunately unable to offer scholarships or stipends. It is advised that artist seek funding in their own countries since most Icelandic funding is especially for Icelandic projects or artists.
For their stay in Reykjavik, each artist receives a SIM Guest artist card which grants free access to most major art galleries and museums in Iceland, as well as giving discounts at multiple stores and visual arts suppliers.
Self-directed Artist-in-Residence Programme