Creative Global Network for the Visual Arts

Headlands Centre for the Arts promotes creative investigation and the development of new work. We offer artists encouragement and opportunities for reflective thought, dialogue and collaboration with others.

Through residencies and interdisciplinary public programs, they seek:

  • To support and invest in artists at the cutting edge of their fields, whose work will impact the cultural landscape at large. To provide these artists with the support and opportunity to take their work to the next level and to explore and experiment
  • To bring artists and thinkers into a dynamic community of local, national, and international artists: a professional network of creative practitioners and thinkers
  • To encourage artists to explore their ideas and work within the context of the Marin Headlands, a part of Golden Gate National Recreation Area
  • To bring an international community of artists to the Bay Area and create opportunities for engagement and cross-cultural exchange with local artists and audiences

Residency disciplines include: Architecture, Dance, Ceramics, Theatre, Drawing, Painting, Film, Curating, Research, Media Art, Multi Media, Music and Sound Art, Photography, Sculpture, Textile, Woodcraft. 

The Artist in Residence (AIR) program awards fully sponsored residencies to approximately 45 local, national, and international artists each year. Residencies of four to ten weeks include flexible studio space, chef-prepared meals, comfortable housing, and travel and living stipends when available. AIRs become part of a dynamic community of artists participating in Headlands’ other programs, allowing for exchange and collaborative relationships to develop within the artist community on campus. Artists selected for this program are at all stages in their careers and work in all media, including drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, film, video, new media, installation, fiction and nonfiction writing, poetry, dance, music, interdisciplinary, social practice, and architecture.


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.

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.

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

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.


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.

Program Period

  • Now accepting applications for 2014 Program. Program period is March 1, 2014 – December 1, 2014. 

APPLY ONLINE https://headlands.slideroom.com

944 Fort Barry
Sausalito, CA 94965
United States

Contact info

+1 415 3312787
+1 415 3313857

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