Seljavegur residency

The Seljavegur residency is situated by the sea on the western part of Reykjavík.

The residency is situated in the same building as one of SÍMs most popular studio spaces. The residency is situated on the second floor, and has been moved from the top floor for practical reasons.However the view at the top floow will still be available as there will be a communal cafeteria for the building there with a great view over the ocean, towards Snæfellsjökull (Snaefellsnes Glacier).

The living area consists of 9 single bedrooms and 1 double bedroom, 1 open studio/work room while other rooms have a studio within them, there is a living room (TV/ sofa), a fully equipped kitchen and a communal bathroom + shower facilities. On the first floor there are two showers with toilette facilities.

 Seljavegur 32 is only 10 minutes walk from the old city center in Reykjavík. Close by are bus stops, food-stores, hard ware store, a swimming pool, a cinema, the University of Iceland, restaurants etc.

Each artist has his/her own private bedroom with 1-2 single bed. It is expected that guests honor house rules, but no other obligations are made. Residents/guests keep their own rooms/studios and shared facility clean and are expected to leave the apartment in a good and clean condition. A deposit agreement is made between SIM and the artists on arrival.

SÍM Residency February 2019
SÍM Residency February 2019
SÍM Residency February 2019
SÍM Residency February 2019
SÍM Residency February 2019
SÍM Residency February 2019
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Next application deadline:

Open call for SIM Residency applications are open now for period July-December 2020.

Application Deadline 7th February 2020.

To apply:


A granted residency is from the second to the last day of the relevant month.

Applicants can apply for a maximum of 3 months residency.

Information on residency locations and fees can be found on our website.

For further info please email

Application procedure

Once an application is submitted a panel of professional SÍM artists review the application shortly after the deadline. Applicants are notified of the committee´s decisions within 6-7 weeks of the deadline.


The Sím Residency is a project based residency and a good description of a proposed project is required.

Qualifying applicants must have a BA degree in fine arts or similar qualifications.

At the SÍM Residency all media of visual arts are accepted:✓  Painting ✓ Sculpture ✓ Drawing ✓ Photography ✓ Installation ✓ Ceramics  ✓ Textile art ✓ Performance ✓ Sound art.

All expenses are paid by the artists. The artist pays a residency fee for the stay at SÍM as well as his own travel expenses and all other personal living expenses during the residency.

Prices of 2019
Price list, rates per month in 2019:

Room 1 – 12 m= Private bedroom  with a studio desk inside the room, ocean view = 550 EUR

Room 2 – 10m= Private bedroom  with a studio desk inside the room, ocean view = 500 EUR

Rooms 3-7 – 17m= Private bedroom with a studio in the same room = 700 EUR

Rooms 8-9 – 10m2 = Private bedroom  with a studio desk inside the room = 455 EUR

Room 10 –30m2 possible for two persons with a studio inside the room fixed price, both for an individual or a pair = 900 EUR

The residency fee must be paid latest 14 weeks prior to arrival. For residencies lasting longer than one month, the fee for the first month is to be paid 14 weeks in advance, the fee for the second and third month can be paid on arrival.

Included in the residency fee are sheets, towels, water, electricity, heating and internet access for lap tops.

The residency fee is intended to cover the general cost of running the program.  It does not constitute rent and the artist therefore does not obtain the legal status of tenant.

Cancellation policy
If cancelled 8-4 weeks prior to the scheduled arrival date 50% of the residency fee is refunded.
If cancelled 4-0 weeks prior to the scheduled arrival date none of the residency fee is refunded.

Guest fee
Artists in residency are allowed to have one guest staying with them at a time. Children under 14 years cannot be brought to stay in the residency.
Guests at Seljavegur can stay for a maximum of two weeks.
The guest fee depends on the length of stay:
For each week 18.000 ISK per person is required.

All guests are provided with bedding and towels and a matress to sleep on. We also urge you to look into staying at the SÍM guest house at Hafnarstræti 16, for further information look here:


We have assembled this set of rules to make your stay in the residency as positive and fullfilling as possible. We thank you in advanced for observing them.

Smoking is forbidden in the residency apartments and the use of illegal drugs will not be tolerated.

Residents keep their own rooms and studios clean.

Residents staying at the same time must follow the cleaning plan provided for each month or make their own system of cleaning the living/dining/kitchen room; shower rooms; toilets; corridors and stairway.

Cleaning supplies and toilet paper are provided by SÍM.

Please inform the office if anything breaks or of damages and malfunctions of the equipment and space so it can be mended.

Painting or drawing on the floor and the walls is not allowed.

The trash from the kitchen has to be taken out to the bin every day.

Please be considerate and tidy up after you have used the joint rooms. Do not leave unwashed household items on the tables or in the sink, but in the dishwasher.

The use of toxic fluids, in particular nitro, aerosols, petrol and gasoline is not allowed. At Seljavegur there is a project space on the ground floor which can be used when working with rougher materials.

Residents are responsible for anyone who stays with them or visits. Please see our GUEST FEE information and note that all guests staying must be notified to the residency manager.

Loud noise is prohibited in the apartment and studio after 10 pm. Disturbances and/or drunkenness might result in eviction.

When leaving please remove all your remaining consumables or artist materials from your room, the kitchen and bathroom or give it to somebody else personally.

Thank you for your consideration!

Are there any grants or other financial assistance available?

SIM Residency does not have a funding board or body attached to it. We do not offer scholarships or stipends to. It is advised you seek funding in your own country, most Icelandic funding is especially for Icelandic projects or artists.

Do you offer residencies in the winter?

SIM residency Seljavegur is open all year round, Korpulfsstaðir from March- November.We accept applications for 1-3 months, beginning the second day of the month and ending the last day of the month.

How do I get to the SIM Residency ?

All participants will receive an information post a week before their arrival.

Can I visit the residency?

Please email for further information

What living expenses are artists responsible for? What is an average budget per month?

The residency fee covers your accommodation and studio space. All other costs are the responsibility of the artist. It is good to budget with a minimum of 10,000 – 12.000 ISK per week for food. Otherwise all expenses are dependent on what kind of experience you are looking for. It is good to budget for trips out of town and exploring Iceland.

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