SIM Residency is an international residency for visual artists located in Reykjavík, Iceland. It is run by SÍM - Samband íslenskra myndlistarmanna or The Association of Icelandic Visual Artists.
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. It is the oldest artist residency in the country and has inspired the establishment of many other artist residencies around Iceland. They are currently the only visual arts residency based in Reykjavik area. SIM Residency is a non-profit organization without any operating state grants.
Currently, SÍM is hosting three locations; Hafnarstraeti where the SÍM Gallery, Office and Guesthouse are located, and two residency apartments Seljavegur, which is a 10 minute walk from the city center, and Korpúlfsstaðir, situated on the outskirts of Reykjavik.
SIM Residency open call applications are open twice a year, in 2022:
period July – December: deadline 31 January
period January – June: deadline 31 July
Applicants can apply for a maximum of 3 months of residency stay. A granted residency is from the second to the last day of the relevant month.
*additional announcements for rooms/studios availabilities due to cancellations are available in their newsletters, 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.
Each artist in the residency has a private studio or a studio shared by 1 - 3 other artists. 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 them 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 three workshop studios for Textiles, Ceramics and the Icelandic Printmakers Association.
The residency apartments consist of a living room, a fully equipped kitchen, showers, toilette facilities, 3-11 bedrooms, and private and shared studios.
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.
Read more about the research project Natacha Platevoet executed at SIM Residency, supported by i-Portunus EU Mobility Scheme for artists and cultural professionals.