The Sím residency in Reykjavík, established by the Association of Icelandic Visual Artists (SÍM) welcomes over 200 artists from all over the world on an annual basis. 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 work.

You may apply for:

  • two working grants for three months for individual artists or a partnership of two artists 
  • working period: April 2nd to June 30th and July 2nd to September 30th 
  • the working grant amounts to €7,500 per three-month residency 
  • the amount of travel grant depends on the selected means of travel; see further information from the application guidelines.
  • Sím webpage

The SÍM Residency seeks to promote an environment of reflection, research, study, and play by providing artists with a working environment that supports the artistic process. SÍM Residency offers two different locations in the Reykjavík area: Seljavegur and Korpúlfsstaðir house around 70 studios used by local artists. During the residency, artists will have an opportunity to meet, work, and network with seventeen other artists that will be participating in the residency program. The grantees of the Finnish Cultural Foundation will be located in the SÍM Residency Seljavegur apartment in downtown Reykjavik. For extended production-based art projects artists can book various workshops like textile, ceramic, printmakers, sculpture, dance studios, darkroom, and sound recording room.

The curatorial/mentorship program specifically created for the collaboration between SÍM Residency and Finnish Cultural Foundation will offer individual curatorial/mentorship assistance from a local curator for each residency artist or artists duo. The selected artists will be invited to participate in general residency activities, like Artist Talks and Open Studios each month. 

At the end of the residency program, the artists will have the possibility to introduce their extended research project under curatorial assistance at SÍM Gallery for the duration of the final week. 

The residency welcomes all visual artists including multi-disciplinary, cross-disciplinary project proposals. SÍM Residency also welcomes curators and art writers for research-based projects.  

The residency artists will be granted a double room/studio 11 at SÍM Residency Seljavegur apartment. When applying as a working pair, both members of the partnership are provided with separate working grants. The grantees will share the same room. 

Kuva vaaleasta huoneesta, jossa on leveä ikkuna, sänky ja kaksi pöytää.
Ⓒ SÍM Residency Open Studios - Anna Niskanen
Kuva vaaleasta huoneesta, jossa on leveä ikkuna, sänky ja kaksi pöytää.
Ⓒ SÍM Residency Open Studios - Anna Niskanen
Kuva huoneistosta ylhäältäpäin otettuna
Ⓒ SÍM Residency Open Studios - Anna Niskanen