Call for Applicants: Headlands Center for the Arts Affiliate Artists Program — Due: March 23, 2015

by Admin on 03/07/2015


The Affiliate Artists Program is an immersive studio practice program awarded to approximately 20 Bay Area artists, writers, and designers annually. Affiliates receive partially subsidized studio space, public presentation opportunities, and discounts on Mess Hall meals and public events. Affiliate Artists are active participants in Headlands’ local, national, and international creative community, which also includes Artists in Residence and Graduate Fellows. Headlands’ Artist Programs provide opportunities for research, experimentation, professional development, and peer-to-peer exchange—and ultimately aim to foster creative breakthroughs and new modes of working and thinking.

Artists selected for this program work primarily in visual arts, film/video, writing, social practices, architecture, and design. Studios are located in Fort Barry Building 960, an artist-rehabilitated, former military building with three levels and 20 studios in total.

Award Period
•Application period for 2015-16 program is February 23 to March 23, 2015. Program period for 2015-16 is July 1, 2015 – June 15, 2016. Application and more information is here.

Program Goals
•Provide support for Bay Area artists to focus on and develop their individual practice
•Cultivate a network of like-minded creative practitioners
•Create a thriving cultural center for Bay Area artists to participate in a national and international artist community

Program Details
•Year-long program, starting July 1, with opportunity to reapply for up to three years
•100- to 400- sq.-foot studio
•Studios are subsidized, with approximately 50% of the cost of the program underwritten by Headlands
•2015–16 rent is $1.10 per square foot for first and second floor studios, and $1.00 for basement studios
– A flat monthly fee of $45 for utilities, including Wireless Internet access
•Facilities access:
– Communal kitchen and meeting space in studio building
– Basic woodshop
– Artists’ library with computers, scanner, and printer
•Up to 20 artists in the program at a time
•Engagement with Headlands Artist community
•Discounts on chef-prepared meals in our Mess Hall five nights per week, March to December
•Participation in monthly “Show and Tell” nights
•Participation in three seasonal Open Houses
•Discounts on Public Events at Headlands
•Become part of Headlands Alumni Network

•Artists living in the San Francisco Bay Area who will not be enrolled in an academic program at the time Affiliate Program takes place
•Former Headlands’ Affiliates may not apply within two years (after three year term)
•All other Alumni of Headlands’ Programs are eligible to apply for the Affiliate Program at any point

Selection Criteria
•Merit of past work
•Readiness to engage with and benefit from the experience at Headlands (see program goals)
•Potential to develop creative practice and impact the community at Headlands and beyond
•Ability to be present on-site and to contribute to the dynamic community of Headlands Artists

Selection Process
•Headlands’ staff reviews applications to ensure completion and eligibility
•Submissions are reviewed by a jury of knowledgeable and esteemed artists and arts professionals
•The jury evaluates each artist’s materials and selects finalists
•Finalists are invited to present their work in a 20-minute, in-person interview to determine the final award selection

What You Need To Apply

A full application includes the following:
•Resume or curriculum vitae
•Letter of interest, outlining your specific interest in working at Headlands and how program participation will affect your practice
•List of three references, including names, mailing addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses
•Documentation of recent work (see specifications below for guidelines according to discipline)
•$10 processing fee

**Artist collaboratives should apply together by submitting ONE application per group, specifying the number of individuals on the application form. For live-in Artists in Residence, Headlands can accommodate no more than three total artists in a collaborative group.

Please select from the following list materials appropriate to your practice. The category headings are guidelines; please submit whatever type of materials best represent your work.

Visual (painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, installation, conceptual)
Submit up to 15 images, or up to 30 minutes of video and/or DVD.
Images must be accompanied by an image list with title, date, size, media, and, where applicable, conceptual intent.

Writing (poetry, fiction, nonfiction, playwriting, screenwriting)
Submit up to 20 pages of poetry, 30 pages of prose or one to two full-length plays/scripts.

Film / Video / New Media
Submit up to 30 minutes of video.
Please note: the first 10 minutes will be used for primary review.

Arts Professionals (art writers, administrators, and curators)
Submit sufficient material to evidence the breadth of your work and interests, including reviews, essays, and catalogs.

Architecture / Environment
Review documentation requirements for Visual Artists.

Interdisciplinary Arts
Review other categories to determine what materials you should submit.