Headlands Center for the Arts

Our Campus

Headlands campus comprises a cluster of artist-rehabilitated military buildings, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge at historic Fort Barry in the Marin Headlands.

Artists Studios

Artists Studios are located within six buildings on campus. Former military barracks, Buildings 944 and 945 boast 13-foot ceilings, large windows, period detail, and hardwood floors and house 100 to 1800 square foot studios. Building 960 is an artist-renovated former warehouse containing 20 smaller studios, ranging from 100 to 400 square feet, and is home to writers and visual artists.  Building 961 is also a former warehouse and features one expansive rustic studio space. Our 2000 square foot Gymnasium, once the place of service members’ basketball games and bowling matches now serves as studio for artists working in the disciplines of dance, music and performance.


A group of former Fort Barry officers’ quarters serve as Headlands’ onsite living accommodations. Encircling the expansive parade grounds and looking out over the Headlands’ hills, these circa 1907 homes offer comfortable accommodations  to resident artists, interns, and a few lucky staff.  Each of the five homes is fully furnished and contains four to five bedrooms, two baths, formal dining and living rooms, and fully equipped kitchens.

Wood Shop & Library

Facilities available for artists’ use include a modestly equipped wood shop, a small letterpress and on-site Artists’ Library, which features a growing collection of art publications, space for reading and meetings, Internet access, scanner and laser printer.

Public Spaces

Our campus includes a dynamic group of public places, including spaces for exhibitions, lectures, performances, gatherings, communal dining, and individual exploration. Main Building 944 is open and free to the public five days a week and features commissions by renowned American Artists and Project Space, offering visitors opportunities for casual engagement with art and artists.