The Gardens at Heather Farm is excited to announce an Open Call for applications for the pilot year of our Artist in Residence program.

Through this residency program we aim to support the creation of innovative and transformative artworks that:

  • Further the resident’s practice and the interplay between their practice and the natural world.
  • Enhance the visitor experience through interaction with art and artists
  • Enrich, enliven and activate the Gardens’ landscapes with projects or performances of durability appropriate to the lifespan of the work.
  • Engage the local community in Walnut Creek and Central Contra Costa County and contribute to the exchange of ideas within and beyond the Bay Area on issues of conservation and our connection to nature.

The Gardens at Heather Farm resides on six acres of land and adjoining Walnut Creek’s Heather Farm Park and wildlife sanctuary. We are a public garden, event space, and hands-on laboratory for environmental education and sustainability.

This open call is for our 2017-2018 pilot residency program and open to artists, writers, musicians, performers, and designers. There is no minimum duration for the Artist in Residence program and Residents can propose projects up to 3 months in length. Residents receive work space for the duration of their residency and the ability to exhibit their work and program events in our gardens and event spaces. Residents are asked to give a public artist talk, workshop, performance, or reading. We are happy to support parent artist and writers and will work with you to design a program that fits your needs.

Leaves change color as autumn rolls through the garden.

Photo: Jenn Mormon

To apply, submit the following: resume, link to your website, and a proposal letter including ideas or plans for your time in residence, time of year or season you would prefer to be at The Gardens, and a brief narrative of any past applicable projects. Applications will only be accepted through Submittable. Please do not email applications directly. Applicants are encouraged to visit The Gardens before submitting. For questions or to schedule a tour, email the Residency Manager.

Deadline for applications is March 1st, 2017.
All applicants will be notified by March 31st, 2017.
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