Residencies & Colonies

18th Street Arts Center

18th Street Arts Center’s International Program is also a worldwide leader in artist exchange programs and provides one of the few international artist exchange programs in Los Angeles.

The Berlin Artists-in-Residence Programme/Berliner Künstlerprogramm

One of the most renowned international programmes offering grants to artists in the fields of visual arts, literature, music, film as well as dance/performance. Each year, some 20 grants are awarded to international artists for an approximately one-year stay in Berlin.

Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown

Each year, the deadline for writing Fellowship applications is December 1, and the deadline for visual arts Fellowship applications is February 1.

Located in Provincetown,Massachusetts, an area with a long history as an arts colony, the Work Center provides seven-month Fellowships to twenty Fellows each year in the form of living/work space and a modest monthly stipend. Residencies run from October 1 through May 1. Fellows have the opportunity to pursue their work independently in a diverse and supportive community of peers. A historic fishing port, Provincetown is situated at the tip of Cape Cod in an area of spectacular natural beauty, surrounded by miles of dunes and National Seashore beaches.

Headlands Center for the Arts (June 1)

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, travel and living stipends, and an opportunity to become part of a dynamic community of artists.


Located on beautiful Whidbey Island near Seattle, Hedgebrook offers one of the few residency programs in the world exclusively dedicated to supporting the creative process of women writers, and bringing their work to the world through innovative public programs.

The Kerouac Project

About the Residencies:

The Kerouac Project provides four residencies a year to writers of any stripe or age, living anywhere in the world. Each residency consists of approximately a three month stay in the cottage where Jack Kerouac wrote his novel Dharma Bums. Utilities and a food stipend of $800 are included. All you are required to do is work on your writing project and give a reading in the house at the end of your residency.

Katherine Susan Pritchard, Writer in Residence, Australia


  • Workspace and accommodation in a heritage-listed house, the former home of Katharine Susannah Prichard, one of Australia’s most revered writers.

Mesa Refuge Center

A writers’ retreat located in Point Reyes Station, CA. It is one of the few retreats in the United States that supports people writing about nature, economics and social equity. Since 1998, we have granted residencies to over 500 writers. (December 1)

Montalvo Arts Center/Lucas Arts Residency Program

Montalvo has hosted resident artists since 1939; in 2004, the Sally and Don Lucas Artists Residency Program was created, with new facilities designed by six teams of artists and architects, and comprised of 10 discipline-specific live/work studios and one commons building.

Millay Colony for the Arts

Applications are usually due in October for the following year.

The Millay Colony for the Arts offers one-month residencies to visual artists, composers and writers between the months of April and November. Residents artists get private rooms, studios and all meals during their stay at our pastoral campus.The Millay Colony is in Austerlitz, New York—approximately 2 1/2 hours north of New York City and 2 1/2 hours west of Boston, Massachusetts.

The Norman Mailer Writer’s Colony

During the Writers Retreat Program we are unable to fully fund the Mailer attendees. Contributions are as follows: $600 per week. A two week minimum retreat is required and two months is the maximum. The Colony does not provide any funding for food or transportation to and from Provincetown.

National Park Services Artist in Residence Program

The National Park Services offers opportunities for two-dimensional visual artists, photographers, sculptors, performers, writers, composers, and craft artists to live and work in the parks. There are currently 29 parks participating in the Artist-In-Residence program.

Orange County (CA) Great Park Artist-in-Residence

The Orange County Great Park Corporation in Irvine, California seeks FOUR public artists from all creative disciplines (including all areas of visual and performing arts, interdisciplinary arts, literature and poetry, design, & architecture) for six-month residencies in brand new arts studios located within the Orange County Great Park.

The Platte Cove Artist-in-Residence Program (NY)

Since its inception, over 130 artists, painters, writers, and composers from across the country have participated in our Artists-in-Residence program – becoming artistic ambassadors for environmental stewardship once returning to their communities.

Sitka Center

The Residency Program has provided more than 200 artists, writers, and natural science scholars the opportunity to conduct their work in the unique environment of Cascade Head and Salmon River estuary.

Summer Literary Seminars

Summer Literary Seminars is announcing its annual Unified (Kenya, Montreal and Lithuania) Literary Contest…

University of Pennsylvania’s ArtsEdge Residencies

ArtsEdge is a collaborative residency project designed to encourage the careers of emergent writers. Through ArtsEdge, the Kelly Writers House and Penn’s Facilities and Real Estate Services (FRES) have teamed up to offer a one-year residency in an apartment and studio space near Penn’s campus.

Vermont Studio Center (Fellowship deadline, June 15)

The Vermont Studio Center hosts 50 artists and writers each month who participate in 4 to 12 week independent studio Residencies. VSC Residents represent a mix of mediums, cultures, experience, and ages, for a diverse and vibrant community. (Check out fellowships, otherwise there’s a hefty fee).

Vingt Paris Residences

The residency is open to artists working in all mediums, be it drawing, installation,
photography, video, sculpture, painting, performance, writing
or other. The next forthcoming residency period is November 20,
2011 – December 20, 2011. Deadline October 19, 2011.


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