1 - 3 months
Paid by artist:

The residency fee per month varies from 455 EUR to 900 EUR depending on rooms and studios. All expenses are paid by the artists. The artist pays their own travel expenses and all other personal living expenses during the residency.

Application guidelines:

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. To apply for the SIM Residency please fill out the online application.

A granted residency is from the second to the last day of the relevant month.
Applicants can apply for a maximum of 3 months of residency stay.

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SÍM Residency

SÍM 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.

Having started in 2002 with a small one bedroom apartment and studio in downtown Reykjavik, the 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.

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. These locations also house around 70 studios used by local artists and two workshop studios for textiles and ceramics. SIM Residency is a non-profit organization without any operating state grants.

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 offered in their newsletter, and applications for short notice availabilities are accepted throughout the year. 


Artist talk and a group exhibition. Depending on each artist project there are possibilities to organize a solo exhibition or open workshop.

Studio Information

Each artist in the residency has a private studio or a studio shared by 1 - 3 other artists.

Accommodation Information

The residency apartments consist of a living room, a fully equipped kitchen, showers, toilette facilities, 3-11 bedrooms, and private and shared studios.

Residents/guests should keep their own rooms/studios and the apartment clean and leave the apartment in a good and clean condition.

Technical Information

Wireless internet connection - The SÍM Residency program does not offer any technical facilities.


Currently, SIM is hosting two residency locations in Reykjavik; Seljavegur, which is a 10 min walk from the city center, and Korpúlfsstaðir, situated on the outskirts of Reykjavik.



An Lanntair participates in the 2021 i-Portunus EU Mobility Scheme for artists and cultural professionals.

Contact information

Hafnarstræti 16
101 Reykjavik

residency [at]