Headlands Center for the Arts

The Commons

Fueled by recent program and audience growth, we’re expanding our campus and services to the public with The Commons, a new outdoor space designed to enhance the Headlands experience. The construction project—currently underway and slated for completion in summer of 2017—is sited between and immediately surrounding Headlands’ two main buildings and will create upwards of 3,000 square feet of social and programming space, three new permanent artworks, and more places for our artists and visitors to relax and enjoy the area’s stunning natural landscape.

Envisioned in partnership with Bay Area landscape architects Conger, Moss & Guillard Landscape (CMG)—whose past projects include SFMOMA’s rooftop garden—and contractor Oliver & Company, the design takes inspiration from the campus’ military history, its sensitive environmental setting, and Headlands’ legacy of working with visionary artists and designers to reimagine its unique spaces. Plans include a central plaza, an art-filled pedestrian walkway that connects the artist studio and the main public building on campus, and a redesign of the main entryway that’s more welcoming and accessible.

The Commons will incorporate newly commissioned artworks by Ball-Nogues Studio, a Los Angeles-based practice working at the intersection of architecture, art, and industrial design; Chris Kabel, a Dutch designer based in Rotterdam; and Bay Area-based sculptor and performance artist Nathan Lynch. Stay tuned for details about these site-specific installations, the latest to enliven and rehabilitate Headlands’ historic spaces with contemporary art.

Beginning in March, while our campus is currently closed to the public for construction, we’re thrilled to co-present a series of off-site programs in San Francisco in collaboration with several Bay Area cultural organizations and partners, including the San Francisco Film Society and the San Francisco Public Library.

Stay tuned for updates as The Commons take shape. We look forward to seeing you at our off-site events as Headlands hits the road this spring!