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Outside of building for Residents
Dining and living room space
Fully equipped kitchen
Moss Garden at Bloedel
Japanese Garden at Bloedel

Bloedel Reserve Creative Residency

Emerging Program member

Application open August 15th through October 2nd, 2018. Application and program information is available on our website at:

Direct link to application:

Project Topics: The Bloedel Reserve’s Residency Program is open to both established and emerging artists, composers, writers, botanists, landscape architects, researchers and others exploring the themes of nature and the human connection with nature.

Residents aren't expected to create a finished project during their stay but instead should use the time for inspiration.

Resident Outreach: We require an outreach component for each artist to give back to the community. This can be in the form of a public reading, workshop, performance, etc.

Creative Residents are housed in the home Prentice Bloedel built after he turned the property into a public garden. The house is off the beaten path, hidden in the woods. With natural lighting and high-quality finishes, it is a comfortable place to spend time and to create. The building has a kitchen stocked with essentials living room and bedroom furniture, and a bathroom with shower facilities. All linens are supplied. Wi-Fi and laundry facilities are available at the residence. There is no television. The resident is responsible for all meals.

At the present, there is no dedicated studio space on the grounds. Artists would need to use the residency building as their studio. Because of that, there is not space for large projects or messy ones.

Travel: The resident is responsible for any and all travel expenses. A smart car is offered to Residents for their stay at Bloedel.

Couples and families: Due to space limitations, Bloedel Reserve is unable to extend housing accommodations to spouses, partners and family members.

Stipend: Bloedel does not offer any stipends but does provide comfortable accommodations and unlimited access to the gardens during the residency.

Duration: Bloedel Reserve Creative Residencies are 3 weeks in duration.

Residents stay one at a time, there is no overlap. Bloedel is open to the possibility of artist pairs, but each must apply as an individual and indicate their request to stay together.


Bainbridge Island, Washington: United States

A Creative Residency at Bloedel Reserve gives participants long stretches of uninterrupted time in a breath-taking environment. The mission of Bloedel Reserve's residencies is: To foster creative thinking inspired by nature and exploring the connection between humans and the environment. Bloedel Reserve's 150-acres of tranquil and immaculate grounds and gardens leave visitors feeling refreshed and inspired. The serene nature of Bloedel allows visitors to retreat deep into thought and tap into a place in their mind that can’t always be easily accessed in today’s busy world. Bloedel is located on Bainbridge Island which is a 35-minute ferry ride from downtown Seattle, Washington.

Contact Information

7571 NE Dolphin Drive
Bainbridge Island, Washington 98110
United States