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SIM Residency Iceland: Open call for January – June 2022

SIM Residency Iceland – Open call for January –  June 2022

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The SIM Residency is an international self-directed artist-in-residence programme  in Reykjavik, 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, research, study and play by providing artists with a working environment that supports the artistic process.

Artists can stay for a period of one to three months and are accepted based on their project proposal and work examples. A bachelor’s degree in fine arts or similar qualifications is required. The residency program includes two public events: artist talk and open studios.  Additional events like educational workshops, or collaboration projects with local workshop studios art schools or kindergartens can also be organized.

SIM Residency is a sustainable residency without receiving state grants. Visiting artist pay a residency fee between 455,00 € and 800,00 € per month. This meets the minimum cost of running the residency program. The fee includes accommodation, studio space, and where applicable, access to technical facilities.

Title photo: Denis Macrez

Duration of residency

1-3 months
Granted residency is from the second to the last day of the relevant month.


Currently, SIM is hosting two residency locations in Reykjavik; Seljavegur,  and Korpúlfsstaðir each place is unique and can offer different type of experiences. Seljavegur - is situated in the western part of Reykjavík city center in one of SIM’s most popular local artist`s studio spaces. In 2019 the residency apartment was moved to the second floor of the building for practical reasons, however, the magnificent view over the ocean towards Snæfellsjökull (Snaefellsnes Glacier) is still able to be enjoyed.  Seljavegur 32 is 10-minute walk from the old city center of Reykjavík. Close by are libraries, museums, galleries, bus stops, supermarkets, a hardware store, swimming pools, cinemas, the University of Iceland, restaurants, etc. The Residency apartment consists of 9 private single bedroom/studios, one private single bedroom with separated individual studio, and one double bedroom/studio. The central residency location allows artists easy access to libraries, museums, and galleries. It is a perfect residency location for research-based art projects. Every month Seljavegur residency can host up to 11 artists, which makes the shared space active, alive, and vibrant. Perfectly suitable for shorter stay residencies.  Korpúlfsstaðir residency is situated 10km from the city center in the eastern outskirts of Reykjavík with a beautiful view to Mount Esja. It is surrounded by one of Reykjavík’s popular golf courses, inspiring hiking trails, and long walks by the seashores.   Close by are city bus stops, supermarkets, a hardware store, swimming pools, and a cinema. Korpúlfsstaðir houses 40 studios for SÍM artists, as well as a textile workshop, ceramic workshop, graphic art center , an artist-run gallery. The workshops are not included in the residency fee, but access can be arranged with their curators.   The residency apartment consists of two private bedrooms with separate studios, and five private bedrooms/studios. On the upper floor, all artists have access to  large, shared project space. This is the perfect location for longer residencies, as it is a peaceful and quiet location. Korpúlfsstaðir allows artists to develop their research, focus on art projects, and gain easy access to workshop facilities.   

Disciplines, work equipment and assistance

All mediums of visual arts (painting, sculpture, engraving, photography, drawing, illustration, mixed techniques, sound art, installations, comic strips, performance, textile arts or any other form of related expression) are accepted including cross-disciplinary art project proposals. SIM Residency also welcomes curators and art writers for research-based projects.   Qualifying applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in fine arts or similar qualifications.  

Studio / Workspace

Seljavegur residency apartment offers artists bedrooms/studios where they work and sleep in the same space. There is also a shared project space in the basement available for bigger projects.    Korpúlfsstaðir’s residency apartment offers 5 bedrooms/studios where artists work and sleep in the same space, 2 rooms with separate studio spaces (on the top floor), and a shared project space. Korpúlfsstaðir hosts three workshop studios - textiles and ceramic.

Fees and support

Artists pay their own expenses including travel, insurance, and living costs.   SIM Residency does not have a funding body and we are unfortunately unable to offer scholarships or stipends. It is advised that artist seek funding in their own countries since most Icelandic funding is especially for Icelandic projects or artists.

Expectations towards the artist

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.

Application information

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. Groups of artists with single cross-disciplinary projects are welcome too. To APPLY  follow the link below, fill up the application form.https://www.sim-residency.info/applyAccepted applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision within one week.  

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