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Headlands Center for the Arts | Sausalito, CA

Headlands Center for the Arts

Situated in artist-renovated military buildings in the Marin Headlands, just minutes north of San Francisco, Headlands Center for the Arts hosts an internationally recognized Artist in Residence Program, interdisciplinary public programs, and subsidized studio rentals for Bay Area artists of all disciplines. Through these programs, Headlands offers opportunities for creative research and dialogue that promotes the exchange of ideas, bringing artists and thinkers together to form a dynamic local, national, and international creative community.

Location: The Marin Headlands is 13,000 coastal acres of national park located just 10 minutes north of San Francisco, across the Golden Gate Bridge. Headlands Center is surrounded by low coastal hills and the Pacific Ocean at the northern edge of the entrance to the San Francisco Bay. The Golden Gate National Recreation Area is one of the largest gateway National Parks in the country, and the unique environment and space itself inspires artists to walk, hike, spend time at the beach, and collaborate with fellow artists in residence.

Residency length: 1 month minimum stay; residencies of up to 5 weeks available for Pew Fellows

Average # of artists in-residence at a time: 15

Housing: Private room, shared bath. Residents share historic military officers’ houses, fully furnished with 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, formal dining and living rooms, and fully-equipped kitchens.

Studios + other facilities: Private studio; writers are provided with live/work space. The facility itself is geared toward artists who can work with limited equipment. Headlands has a woodshop and a small letterpress. The studios range in size from 200 sq. ft to 2000 sq. ft. Headlands’ facility spans 9 buildings, including free standing former warehouse and gymnasium that serve performing artists. These buildings are especially well-suited for choreographers, dancers, musicians and other performers for the rawness and flexibility of the buildings’ unbroken space. The gym and warehouse spaces are also appreciated by sound, video and other media artists for the buildings’ unique acoustics.

Meals: Headlands chef prepares 5 local, organic dinners per week, which artists in residence share in Headlands’ communal Ann Hamilton-renovated Mess Hall. Each house also has a full kitchen where artists in residence can prepare other meals.

Accessibility: One bedroom, several smaller studios, and dining facilities are accessible; the grounds are only partially accessible, with many trails and unpaved roads throughout the park.

Presenting opportunities + public engagement: Each artist participates in an Open House event during which artists studios are open to share work in progress, performances, screenings and readings. Open House attracts up to 1000 visitors. Artists are also encouraged to participate in “show and tell” – an in-house evening of peer-to-peer presentations where local and resident artists share work after a communal dinner.

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