Headlands Center for the Arts

Project Space

Housed in two large, light-filled studios in Building 944, Project Space functions as working studios and occasional exhibition space. Open and free to the public five days a week, you’re invited to come by and see what’s happening in there now.

As a component of the Artists in Residence (AIR) Program, Project Space features artists whose work is designed to be socially engaging. Projects often require visitor participation to be fully realized, so we invite you to visit, inquire, and be a part of the process. The works conceived in these studios make creative use of the interiors, often pulling inspiration and source material from the surrounding Headlands wilderness, and highlighting the historic beauty of the spaces themselves.

When not used as a working studio, these spaces often feature curated exhibitions that are thematic or show new work by artists of interest.


Upcoming this summer in Project Space

t.w. five | Visual | California | June 15–July 29

Collaborative duo t.w.five uses intricately hand-cut vinyl to build out large-scale installations where images, textures, and text cover walls, windows, ceilings, and floors. With much of their work investigating the impact technology and urban dwelling has on society (and vice versa), Project Space will be a fertile ground for expanding t.w.five’s practice to include the construction of 3 dimensional, built environments that respond to Headlands’ remote and idyllic surrounding landscape.

Mary Walling Blackburn | Interdisciplinary | New York | July 2–August 6

Mary Walling Blackburn is an interdisciplinary artist whose work has at various times employed writing, social intervention, and radio to deeply engage in site and the entanglement of historical, political, and social narratives. While in Project Space, Walling Blackburn will conduct research for her next large-scale project, My, a work which investigates the complicated past and present of autobiographical art making and its relationship to the genre of social practice.

Robby Herbst | Interdisciplinary | California | July 30–August 19

Robby Herbst describes himself as an “interdisciplinarian” interested in social and political behaviors—his methodology permeates a range of creative, critical, and activist practices in a variety of medium including publishing, social sculpture, organizing, writing, and visual art. While in Project Space, Herbst will be developing new “new games” that riff off of the New Games Tournament that was held in the Gerbode Valley (adjacent to Headlands) in 1973 and popularized many of the aspects of the Human Potential Movement of the ’60s.

Johanna Jackson & Chris Johanson | Visual | Oregon | August 7–August 28

Artists Johanna Jackson and Chris Johanson will be working on a collaborative body of work that reveals the objects that create domestic space in a new way. A central feature of Jackson and Johanson’s project will include a participatory workstation for building a blue fabric sky and a latch hook earth. This handcrafted atmosphere will house furniture, ceramic objects, and paintings within its interior. Jackson and Johanson ask that visitors grab a needle and hook to work alongside them on this immersive installation.