The Association of Icelandic Visual Artists (SÍM-Samband íslenskra myndlistarmanna) was founded in 1982 and today serves as an interest organization for roughly 800 professional artists.
The goal of SÍM is to improve conditions and present the working environment of artists, and the association has representatives in various committees and boards.
SÍM’s operations can be divided into two parts:
The inner workings in service of the artists and the outer workings in service of the public, other associations and foreign parties
SÍM rents out studios for its members in the greater Reykjavík area. They house various workshops, exhibition spaces as well as a gallery at Korpúlfsstaðir. The SÍM studios are located at Seljavegur, Nýlendugata, Súðarvogur, Korpúlfsstaðir and Lyngás in Garðabær, where close to 180 artists have working facilities.
SÍM runs guest studios in Reykjavík for international artists. The guest studios are located at Seljavegur and Korpúlfsstaðir. Each month an average of 15 artists will use the guest studios, or a total of 150 guest artists each year. SÍM‘s guest studios are a vital part of Icelandic art life and the only one of its kind in Reykjavík.
SÍM runs the Muggur fund, a network fund for artists, in collaboration with the city of Reykjavík, and The Icelandic Visual Art Copyright Association. Muggur issues travel and residence grants to visual artists aiming to work abroad.
SÍM manages UMM.IS – an information site on Icelandic visual art and its authors. The site was constructed using data from the information center of visual art which was launched in 1995. The database is extremely vast and complex, and has proved invaluable to various cultural associations, visual artists, scholars, teachers and international curators.
Each year, members receive a member card which is a combination of a domestic and international member card (IAA).
Guest studios in Korpulsstadir for 1 – 3 artist of VdDK for one month in return that we offer the same possibility in Düsseldorf or Paris
3 artists could be in residence at the same time. In this case the whole facility of Korpulfstadir will be reserved for our artists.
Period time is the second half of 2019
Price as published on the website of SÍM
in 2018: Room 1-3 — 12 m² room with access to a studio shared by 1-2 artists: 560 €/ month
Korpúlfsstaðir residency (Fotos Thomas Graics 2018)
Korpúlfsstaðir residency is situated in what used to be Iceland’s largest dairy farm, on the outskirts of Reykjavík with beautiful view of mt. Esja.
Korpúlfsstaðir is on the eastern outskirt of Reykjavík, 10 km away from the city center. The house, which was built in the years between 1925-30, was formerly one of the biggest dairy farms in Iceland. Today Korpúlfsstaðir houses various activities such as 40 SÍM artist studios, a textile workshop, a ceramic workshop, an artist run gallery and a golf club with a golf course outside. Korpúlfsstaðir residency is applicable for Icelandic and foreign artists for 1 – 3 months.