Paid by host:
  • Fully sponsored 4- to 10-week residencies
  • Paid roundtrip airfare, and up to $500 a month of either a stipend or reimbursed expenses
  • 100- to 2000-sq.-foot studios
  • Private bedroom in shared house
  • A maximum four week stay for families in the Family House (by request only and subject to availability)
  • Five chef-prepared meals per week
  • Access to vehicles on-site
  • Facilities access: Basic woodshop; audio/video equipment; artists’ library with computer, scanner, and printer
Application guidelines:

Online application.

Due to the uncertainties created by COVID-19 and its impact on the 2020 and 2021 residency seasons, the organisers have decided to waive application fees, normally $35-$45. Additionally, as they continue to assess how best to serve the 2020 Artists in Residence, please know your application for a 2021 residency may be held for consideration for 2022 instead. If that proves necessary, you will be notified and will have the opportunity to update your application.

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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.

The 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.

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.

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.

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.

Contact information

944 Fort Barry
Sausalito, CA 94965, CA 94965
United States

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