Headlands Center for the Arts' Artist in Residence Program has earned international renown for bringing together pioneering artists and arts professionals in all disciplines- visual, performance, writing, interdisciplinary, music, composition, sound, film, video, and new media- from throughout the U.S. and the world.
The Artist in Residence program provides a supportive working environment that allows time for artists to experiment, reflect and grow, both individually and collectively during their stay.
The program offers fully sponsored, live-in and live-out residencies to around 35 artists each year from March to November, and is distinguished in that there is no fee to participate.
Through the support of generous donations, 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. Stipends of up to $500/month are available pending funding and sponsorships secured each year.
Residencies range from four to ten weeks, with an average stay of two months.
Artists are selected based upon merit, through a mixture of open application and invitation. Headlands currently accepts applications for residencies from artists working in all disciplines mentioned above. Headlands Center for the Arts also provides Bridge residencies by nomination to artists who are leaders in using the creative process as a catalyst for social change.
Headlands offers residencies to artists from across the U.S. and around the world, from places such as Sweden, Denmark, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Italy, India, Japan, the Philippines, Vietnam, Cuba, Brazil, Mexico and more than 20 other countries.
Special invitational residencies have also been offered in collaboration with other institutions, including The Richard C. Diebenkorn Teaching Fellowship at the San Francisco Art Institute; MATRIX, UC Berkeley Art Museum; The Lab in San Francisco and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.
Headlands Center for the Arts invitation-only Bridge Project residency seeks to identify, nurture and share the work of remarkable role models who integrate artistic expression and techniques with influential activities in a wide range of organizations and places. Each of the artists selected to participate have made significant contributions in the areas of environmental art and advocacy, cultural identity, or community development, through their chosen disciplines. They demonstrate how visual, written, and performance works are tools for personal transformation, political change, awareness building, and social justice, transcending socioeconomic boundaries to empower communities and give voice to some of the most important issues of our time.