The Bloedel Reserve offers a creative residency that is open to professional and emerging artists, composers, writers, botanists, landscape architects, researchers, and others exploring the themes of nature and the human connection with nature. Bloedel Reserve offers a three week retreat at a 150-acre internationally renowned public garden and forest preserve.
Creative Residents are housed in a two-bedroom home off the main paths, hidden in the woods. 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 in the home. Residents are responsible for all meals.
There is a smart car available for Residents’ use during their stay. Bloedel does not offer any stipends, but does provide comfortable accommodations and unlimited access to the gardens during the residency. Bloedel is located on Bainbridge Island, which is a 35-minute ferry ride from downtown Seattle.
At present, there is no dedicated studio space on the grounds. Residents utilize the building as their studio. Because of COVID19, there is not currently access to additional off-site studio space which might be required for larger, messier projects.
Residents stay one at a time, there is no overlap. Bloedel is open to artist duos, however, both must apply individually and state their wishes to be paired with the other applicant.