SIM Residency

General information

Brief description of organisation

The SIM Residency is an international residency located in Reykjavík and run by SÍM, The Association of Icelandic Visual Artists. The residency was formed in 2002 and started with an apartment and studio for one artist in the SÍM-house at Hafnarstræti in the city centre.
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 SÍM members.

In 2007 another three studios were added at Korpúlfsstaðir, an old dairy farm located on the outskirts of Reykjavík. Korpúlfsstaðir also houses studios for about forty SÍM members.
The original studio and apartment at Hafnarstræti has 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


Brief description of residency program

The SIM Residency welcomes artists of all media to Reykjavík 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 program since


Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • New Media
  • Animation
  • Printmaking
  • Film Making
  • Architecture
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
Type of organisation
  • Independent Association/Foundation

Residency conditions

Duration of residencies
  • between 1 and 3 months
Number of artists resident at one time

between 11 and 16

Companions allowed
  • Partners
  • Other

Collaborators, friends, family. No children under 14 years of age. There is a guest fee. For information visit our website.

Expenses paid by artist
  • Travel
  • Housing
  • Supplies
  • Food
Expectations of the artist
  • Presentation
  • Cleaning
  • Exhibition
Application who/how

Open Call

Selection procedure

By Committee

Presentation of artists' work

Exhibition at end of Residency

Description of residency



  • Internet Connection
  • Kitchen
Number of studios

between 5 and 10

Type and size of studios

Private Studio

  • Private Room
  • Shared Apartment
Working language(s)
  • English

How to reach

By train

There are no trains in Iceland. Take the Flybus to Reykjavík from the Keflavík airport to BSÍ - Central Bus Station.
From there you can either take a taxi to the SÍM house (office building) or cross the street and take any city bus(yellow) going to the city centre bus station. The SÍM offices are close to the Lækjartorg bus stop.

By plane

You will be flying in to the international airport at Keflavík, Iceland. The main airlines flying to Iceland are Icelandair from European and US destinations.
Also the low fare Wow air flies to certain destinations in Europe and the US. From there take a bus to BSÍ – Central Bus Station or drive towards Reykjavík.

By car

From the airport drive the 45 km to Reykjavík and once there follow signs to the city centre. The SÍM house in Hafnarstræti 16 is close to the Lækjartorg bus stop. SIM residency Seljavegur 32

Nearest airport


Contact information

SIM Residency
Hafnarstræti 16/ Seljavegur 32
101 Reykjavík

Phone: + 354 551 1346

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