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 top floor, with a great view over the ocean, towards Snæfellsjökull (Snaefellsnes Glacier).

The living area consists of 7 double bedrooms, 2 single bedrooms, 6 studios/work rooms, a living room (TV/ sofa), a fully equipped kitchen, two toilets and one bathroom with a shower. 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 either 1-2 single beds or 1 double bed. There are 4 private studios and 2 bigger studios that are shared. 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.

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Next application deadline:

31st of January 2019 for July – December 2019


– Short project description (max 400 words)
– Resumé/CV
– 3 – 5 photos of work in JPEG format (preferable size 300-500 KB)

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 2018

Price list, rates per month in 2018:

Room 1-2 — 9 m² private bedroom with a 31 m² studio shared by 1 other artist: 600EUR
Room 3 — 19 m² private bedroom with a 20 m² private studio: 710EUR
Room 4 — 6 m² private bedroom and a 6 m²  private studio: 455EUR
Room 5 — 7,5 m² private bedroom with a 13 m² private studio: 620EUR
Room 6 — 13 m² private bedroom with a 11 m² private studio: 620EUR
Room 7-9 — 10 m² private bedroom with a 30 m² studio shared by  2 other artists: 510EUR
Room 10 — 9,5m² private bedroom with a 24 m² studio shared by 1 other artist: 600EUR
Room 11 — 10,5m² private bedroom with a 24 m² studio shared by 1 other artist: 600EUR

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.

If two artists share a room and studio 50% is added to the residency fee.


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 visitor staying with them. Children under 14 years cannot be brought to stay in the residency.

  • For guests staying 1-6 days a fee of 6.500 ISK  per person is required.
    For guests staying 7-14 days 25% is added to the artist´s residency fee.
    For guests staying more than 14 days 50% is added to the artist´s residency fee.

The guest fee can be paid on arrival.
All guests are provided with bedding and towel.


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 benzin 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, Korpulstaðir 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 7,500 -10,000 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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