Paid by host 

Artists in Residence are provided with a studio, shared housing and five meals a week for live-in artists. A studio and dinner twice weekly are provided for live-out artists. Optional stipends of up to $500/month are available pending funding and sponsorships secured each year.

Application guidelines 

Application and program details can be found here. 


Headlands Center for the Arts

Headlands Center for the Arts


Headlands Center for the Arts is a multidisciplinary, international arts center located in the Marin Headlands, and is a part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Headlands' artists programsprovide opportunities for research, experimentation, professional development, and peer-to-peer exchange for artists working across disciplines at critical times in their careers. Unique among programs for artists, Headlands' dynamic residency program provides meaningful resources—time, space, community, and financial support—to artists who are working on the cutting edge of their field to catalyze new modes of thought, work, and discourse. By bringing together artists from a wide range of disciplines—visual and interdisciplinary arts, architecture, performance and dance, music and sound, writing, criticism, and curating—our programs emphasize a balance in developing an individual practice, a valuable exchange with other artists and visitors, and a meaningful engagement with place.

he Artist-in-Residence (AIR) program awards fully sponsored residencies to 45 local, national, and international artists each year. AIRs are at all stages in their careers and work in a diverse array of fields and media, including painting, photography, sculpture, installation, performance, dance, sound and music, film, video, new media, writing, architecture, interdisciplinary arts, and social practice.Residencies of four to ten weeks include private studio space, chef-prepared meals, comfortable housing, and travel and living stipends.

Included in the AIR program are two discipline-specific awards with fully sponsored, six to ten week residencies and cash prizes: the Chamberlain Award supports artists working in the discipline of social practice, whose creative practice implements non-traditional media in order to contribute to conversations about society and the manifestation of change for individual lives and communities. The Chiaro Award recognizes an accomplished, mid-career painter residing in the United States, and fosters their ability to continue to produce exceptional and exemplary work in the medium of painting.

Tournesol Award
July 1, 2015–June 30, 2016
Residency and cash prize for Bay Area painters, within five years of receiving an MFA
Application deadline: May 1, 2015

The Tournesol Award recognizes one Bay Area painter each year, and supports them in taking major steps toward establishing and maintaining a career in the Bay Area. The Award is designed to support a full year of artistic work and development, and includes a 10,000 USD cash stipend, an 800-square-foot private studio, and a funded final exhibition or project of the artist's choice.

Affiliate Program
July 1, 2015–June 15, 2016
Studio program for Bay Area artists
Application Deadline: March 23, 2015

The Affiliate Program is an immersive studio practice program, with participation competitively awarded to 20 Bay Area multidisciplinary artists and writers each year. Affiliates receive partially subsidized studio space, public presentation opportunities, discounts on Mess Hall meals and public events, and are active participants in Headlands' creative community. 

Alumni New Works
March–December 2016
Project-based support and return visits for Headlands' alumni
Application deadline: June 5, 2015

Alumni New Works is a project-based award program intended to support the cutting-edge, contemporary creative practices of Headlands alumni. The program offers support in the form of return visits of two to six weeks, along with cash grants to assist with project execution.


Artists can/might:

  • participate in monthly "Show & Tell"nights
  • participate in seasonal Open House
  • have access to Headlands Public Events
  • take part in field trips to Bay Area museums, galleries and cultural venues
  • become part of Headlands Alumni Network
Accommodation Information 

Live-in residents reside in historic military officer's houses. Each is fully furnished and has four private bedrooms, two baths, formal dining and living rooms and fully equipped kitchens. Writers and arts professionals are provided with live/work spaces.

Resident have access to vehicles on-site.

Studio Information 

The Fort Barry campus is home to nearly 40 studios, shared residences and spaces for offices, performances and events. Residency studios (100 to 2000 sq. foot studios), offices and public rooms are located in two four-story former army barracks with 13-foot ceilings, large windows, period detail, and hardwood floors.

Up to 15 artists in residence and (up to) 25 Headlands artists are working on site.

Wi-Fi available in designated spaces.



Technical Information 

Basic woodshop; audio/video equipment; artists’ library with computers, scanner, and printer


The Center is located in the historic former military buildings in a 13,000-acre section of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. The Marin Headlands are a series of low coastal hills, cliffs coves and beaches that from the northern edge of the entrance to the San Francisco Bay.

944 Fort Barry
Sausalito, CA 94965, CA 94965
United States
+1 415 3312787 ext. 24
+1 415 3313857

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