SÍM Samband íslenskra myndlistarmanna / The Association of Icelandic Visual Artists

Name of Residency: SIM Residency

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.

The SIM Residency welcomes artists of all media to Reykjavik for an international artist-in-residence program lasting one to three months.

The residency has bedroom/studio spaces for a total of fifteen artists each month. The artists get a living space and a studio right next to each other, with shared kitchen facilities and bathrooms.

The Seljavegur residency is in the center of Reykjavik 10 min walk from downtown.  Korpulfsstadir residency is on the outskirts of Reykjavik surrounded by beautiful landscape and mountain Esja.

The application deadlines are twice a year: 31st January for Jul-Dec same year, and 31st July for Jan-Jun the following year

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Residency Programme since: 2002
Description of Organisation: The Association of Icelandic Visual Artists (SÍM) was founded in 1982 and today serves as an interest organization for roughly 760 professional artists. The goal of SÍM is to improve conditions and present the working environment of artists, and the association has representatives in various committees and boards. The Association runs 146 studios all over the greater Reykjavík area and hosts over 200 foreign visiting artists each year.
Organisation founded in: 1982
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Independent Association/Foundation
Working Languages:
  • English
Presentation of artists’ work: Exhibition at end of residency
Duration of residency:
  • Months: 1 – 3
Number of studios: between 11 and 16
Number of artists in residence at one time: between 11 and 16
Studio type and size: Live/work studio
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Shared Apartment
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Printmaking
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Animations
  • Film-making
  • Architecture
  • Photography
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Private studio / workplace
  • Shared studio / workplace
  • Kitchen
  • Internet
  • Bicycle
What artistic facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Exhibition space
  • Other
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Companions Allowed:
  • Partners
  • Does your residency uphold partnerships beneficial to resident artists? : SIM Residency artists are able to use all the equipment at our partners’ workshops. Availability and payment needs to be arranged directly with workshop staff. More information about it you can find on our web page.
    Application process: Open call
    Do you charge an application fee for your residency?: No
    Do you charge a residency fee for your residency?: Yes
    If yes, what is the residency fee? (in your local currency): Prices starting from 70.000ISK to 128.000ISK
    Do you provide the residents with any funds associated with the residency? (e.g. stipend, fellowship, production allowance): No
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Travel
    • Food
    • Supplies
    Expenses paid by the organisation:
    • Other
    If other, please specify: SIM residency provides all facilities areas with fully equipped kitchen, laundry room including all cleaning supplies, bed linens, towels, WiFi, cowers water and electricity cost.
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • Exhibition
    • Public talk
    • Workshop
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Workshops
    • Presentation
    • Exhibition
    • Open Studios
    Selection process: By committee
    Setting: Both
    Nearest Airport: Keflavík
    How to reach by plane: You will be flying in to the international airport at Keflavik, Iceland. The main airlines flying to Iceland are Icelandair www.icelandair.com from European and US destinations. From there take a bus to BSI/Central Bus Station or drive towards Reykjavik.
    How to reach by train: There are no trains in Iceland. Take the Flybus or other drive with car from the Keflavik airport to BSI – Central Bus Station. From there you can either take a taxi to the SIM Residency or cross the street and take any city bus(yellow) going to the city center bus station. The SIM offices are close to the Laekjartorg bus stop.
    How to reach by car: From the airport drive the 45 km to Reykjavik and once there follow signs to the city center. The SIM office in Hafnarstraeti 16 is close to the Laekjartorg bus stop. SIM Residency Seljavegur 32
    Street & Number: Hafnarstrti 16/ Seljavegur 32
    Postal Code: 101
    City: Reykjavik
    Country long: Iceland
    Hafnarstrti 16/ Seljavegur 32
    Reykjavik 101 Iceland
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