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. Currently, SIM is hosting three locations; Hafnarstraeti where the SIM Gallery, office and guest house are located, Seljavegur, which is a 10 min walk from the city center, and Korpúlfsstaðir, situated on the outskirts of Reykjavik.
Seljavegur and Korpúlfsstaðir also house around 70 studios used by local artists and two workshop studios for textiles and ceramics. SIM Residency is a non-profit organisation without any operating state grants.
SIM Residency Seljavegur
Seljavegur 32, 101 Reykjavik
SIM Residency Korpúlstaðir
Thorsvegur 1, 112 Reykjavik
SIM Office /
Gallery / Guest Apartments
Hafnarstraeti 16, 101 Reykjavik
Managing Director of SIM
SIM Residency Project Manager
The SIM Residency is an international artist-in-residence programme in 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, 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 artist talks and an exhibition at the end of each month.
Duration of Residency
Granted residency is from the second to the last day of the relevant month.
The SIM Residency is a project-based residency and requires a project proposal as well as work examples. Qualifying applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in fine arts or similar qualifications.
All mediums of visual arts are accepted including painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, installation, ceramics, textiles, performance, sound art.
*We do accept architects, musicians, composers, writers or scientists if their projects and research are related to visual arts.
Studio / Workspace
Seljavegur residency offers artists bedroom/studios where they work and sleep in the same space. There are also two shared studio spaces available for bigger projects. Korpúlfsstaðir residency offers a large, shared space with work desks.
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 all expenses including travel, stay and living.
SIM Residency does not have a funding body attached to it. We do not offer scholarships or stipends. It is advised that you seek funding in your own country since most Icelandic funding is especially for Icelandic projects or artists.
For their stay in Reykjavik, each artist receives a SIM Card which grants access to most major art galleries and museums in Iceland and gives discounts at multiple stores and visual art utilities.