The SÍM residency

The SÍM Residency in Reykjavík, is an international residency program for artists with two locations in Iceland.

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.

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 started in 2002 with a small one bedroom apartment and one studio at SIM Reykjavik.

Since then the residency has gradually grown and we now welcome over 150 artists from all over the world on an annual basis at our three locations, two in Reykjavík and one in Berlin. Artists are accepted based on their work examples, CV and project descriptions. The residency program includes artists’ talks and exhibition at the end of each month. Residencies can last for one to three whole months

The two locations in Reykjavík are at Seljavegur and Korpúlfsstaðir. Both places also host a number of local artists studios. Seljavegur is situated only a 10 min walk from the city centre and Korpúlfsstaðir is situated on the outskirts of Reykjavik in an old dairy farm.

SÍM Residency is a non-profit organisation without any operating state grants.

Since 2008 SIM Residency has been in collaboration with Kulturkontakt Nord on the Nordic Baltic mobility program for culture in which artists are invited to stay at the residency with a grant.

“SIM provides a space for you to concentrate, yet collaborate. The location and facilities are ideal and the opportunity to meet artists from around the world as well as local artists make the SIM experience special. There seems to be no better place for a residency than a beautiful neighborhood in Reykjavik. Having just returned home from my second residency at SÍM Seljavegur, I’d highly recommend it.”

Karen Stentaford Canada

There are inspiring views of the sea, the mountains, and the city from every window and the location of the residency is just far enough from the city center to provide quiet without feeling isolated. SÍM, and its surrounding landscape and wonderful city of Reykjavík, provide real time and space and I have had productive, enlightening experiences each time I have been there.”

Amy Tavern USA

“SÍM’s residency at Seljavegur is an outstanding opportunity, not only to focus on your artistic practice, but to network with other artists from around the world. In addition to making some new work, I was lucky to make friends I have kept up with over the past year since I reluctantly boarded my return flight home. I fell in love. I cannot wait for my next visit!”

Peter Pendergrass USA
– STARA the SIM journal –

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