SIM Residency

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The SIM Residency welcomes artists of all media to Reykjavëk for residencies lasting one to three months.

The residency has studio spaces for a total of twelve 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 whilst Korpulfsstadir residency is on the outskirts of Reykjavik.

The application deadlines are twice a year 31st of January for July – December the same year and 31st of July for January – June the following year.

Residency Programme since: 2002
Description of Organisation:

The SIM Residency is an international residency located in Reykjavëk and run by S?M, The Association of Icelandic Visual Artists. The residency was formed in 2002 and started with an apartment and studio for one artist in the S?M-house at Hafnarstr_ÑÉti in the city center.

Since then the residency has gradually grown and we now welcome twelve artists a month.

In June 2006 the SIM- Residency added nine studio and living spaces at Seljavegur 32, a building that also includes studios for about fifty S?M members.

In 2007 another three studios were added at Korpë£lfssta?ir, an old dairy farm located on the outskirts of Reykjavëk. Korpë£lfssta?ir also houses studios for about forty S?M members.

The original studio and apartment at Hafnarstr_ÑÉti have now been turned into a four guestroom apartment, which is rented out to local and international artists on a short-term basis.

The main objective of the SIM Residency is to function as a direct link between visual artists, both nationally and internationally by bringing them together from different parts of the world to work in close company with each other.

To be 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.

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: N/A
Number of artists in residence at one time: N/A
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
What artistic facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Exhibition space
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Companions Allowed:
  • Partners
  • 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
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Travel
    • Accommodation
    • Food
    • Supplies
    Expenses paid by the organisation:
    • Other
    If other, please specify: SIM residency prowides all common use areas with fully equipped kitchen, laundry room including all cleaning supplies, bed linens, towels, WiFi.
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • Exhibition
    • Public talk
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Exhibition
    Selection process: By committee
    Setting: Both
    Nearest Airport: Keflavík
    How to reach by plane: You will be flying in to the international airport at Keflavëk, Iceland. The main airlines flying to Iceland are Icelandair from European and US destinations. From there take a bus to BSI? &ndash Central Bus Station or drive towards Reykjavëk.
    How to reach by train: There are no trains in Iceland. Take the Flybus to Reykjavëk from the Keflavëk airport to BS? – Central Bus Station. From there you can either take a taxi to the S?M house (office building) or cross the street and take any city bus(yellow) going to the city centre bus station. The S?M offices are close to the L_ÑÉkjartorg bus stop.
    How to reach by car: From the airport drive the 45 km to Reykjavík and once there follow signs to the city center. The SÍM house in Hafnarstræti 16 is close to the Lækjartorg 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 ISL
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