1 month
Paid by host:

Vashon operates on a sliding scale fee structure using an honour system. Please visit their website for detailed information.

Paid by artist:

Food, supplies and travel are the artist’s financial responsibility.

Application guidelines:

Residencies are open to artists working in all disciplines. Both established and emerging artists from around the world are encouraged to apply. You must be 21 years or older to apply.

Application costs

To apply to Vashon Artist Residency, there is an application fee.

Selection Process
Applications are reviewed by a rotating panel of jurors that includes artists, professionals and alumni. Invitation to Vashon Artist Residency is based on selection criteria.

During the selection process, we acknowledge systematic oppression and actively strategize against discrimination based on age, ability, ethnicity, race, religion, philosophical or political beliefs, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, nationality, geographic origin, and socioeconomic status. We strive to include residents of varied backgrounds and disciplines to stimulate an insightful, respectful and compelling communal experience.

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Vashon Artist Residency

Vashon Artist Residency


Vashon Artist Residency offers artists space and time to create, ponder, imagine and live in a community of artists on spectacular Vashon Island in the midst of Puget Sound/the Salish Sea in Washington state. We offer self-directed residency sessions to emerging and established artists, writers, scholars, musicians and performing artists, to artists in the disciplines of visual art, music composition, writing, theater, dance and interdisciplinary work from around the world. The Residency provides lodging and workspace on a sliding scale fee structure to three residents at a time for 1 month long sessions all year round. Residencies are self directed.

Any work an artist makes here will be theirs, and we have no preconceived expectations regarding what an artist does or doesn’t do upon their completion of the residency. The Residency provides lodging and workspace on a sliding scale fee structure, to three residents each month. A fourth artist resident lives on-site and serves as the Residency Director. The mission of Vashon Artist Residency is to provide a diverse group of artists the time and space to create, the opportunity to engage with other residents and the experience of living and working amidst the ecology and community of Vashon Island.

Studio Information

There are 4 basic, private, well-lit, multi-purpose workspaces. Each studio is approximately 250 square feet, and has heat, air-conditioning, high ceilings and natural light. Studios are roughly 250 square ft with high ceilings, roll-up garage doors and plenty of natural light. A shared sink is located outside. There is a cottage available to writers with a desk and fireplace to work. We will attempt to accommodate basic equipment needs, within reason. Such requests should be made clear on your application.

You will find studio photos and specifications in the Residency Handbook.

Accommodation Information

The residency includes a private room in shared housing, a communal kitchen for meals, 24-hour access to a modest studio and the beauty and tranquility of the Puget Sound environment. Two bedrooms are located in the main house, each with studio space located on-site. Two bedrooms are located in the main house, each with studio space located on-site. The cottage bedroom suite, with its own separate entrance, includes a desk and a fireplace.

Technical Information

Residents have access to the book library, tool library, musical instrument library, printer, wifi, etc.


Vashon Island is a rural island.

Contact information

23125 Kingsbury Road SW
Vashon Island, WA 98070
United States

info [at]