Blue Bedroom in the PBF Residency with blue painted walls and trim and four post bed with white sheets
Dining room at the PBF residency with red walls, mirror, firepace, crystal chandelier, and table
Desk in bedroom at PBF residency with green walls and closet doors

Residency FAQ

What types of artists should apply to the residency?

This is a multi-disciplinary residency program. We accept artists in the following specialties: visual artists, composers/musicians, scientists, scholars, architects, playwrights and screenwriters. ​


Can international artists apply? 

No, not at this time. Due to complications from the Covid-19 pandemic, we are not accepting international artists. 

How do you define emerging? 

We view emerging as a life phase; this could mean an artist is just coming out of school, but may also mean an artist is at a later stage when they finally are able to dedicate themselves to their work. It could also mean that an artist is experimenting with a new practice, form, or experiencing a new life phase due to personal growth or change. 


Can a partner, family member, or pet visit or stay at the PBF? 

No, unfortunately, visitors are not allowed to stay overnight in our facilities. 


Is the Foundation ADA accessible? 

No, unfortunately not at this time. For detailed questions regarding accessibility, please contact PBF staff. The residency house has bedrooms on the second floor only right now, and they are accessible via a large central staircase with a handrail (the house is from the 1840's). The garden that separates the residence from the studio space has paths lined with brick pavers and pea gravel and contains a few, shallow steps that have no handrail, but do have structures adjacent to them that could be used for some additional support. There are three steps into the studio space, with a handrail adjacent, and then one final step into the studio through a doorway. The studio space contains a bathroom on the same floor. One bathroom in the residency building has a walk-in shower that is elevated two to three inches above the floor. 

Is smoking allowed?

Smoking is not allowed inside any buildings.


Does the Foundation provide studio equipment such as a kiln, metal/wood shop, etc.?

Right now, the PBF supplies the following materials for use in a private studio space: sawhorses, easels, shop vac, flammable waste disposal, and a utility cart. We have also partnered with an excellent local organization, Valley Makers, to use their shop at no charge to our artists. 

There is space for artists to work inside or outside in the garden, weather-permitting. Artists may bring their own equipment that they are comfortable with using and can easily and safely transport to and use at the PBF. Additional supplies may also be shipped to the PBF at 120 W Cork Street, Winchester, VA 22601.


What amenities are provided?

In the renovated 1840’s house, artists have their own private bedrooms and bathrooms. There is a fully functional kitchen, access to the garden, studios, and during office hours, access to Dr. Bullough’s complete collection and library. Artists are given $550 toward food, supplies, and necessities for their stay. 


What transportation is provided?

Pick up from Dulles airport or the Martinsburg, WV train station is provided within business hours. The PBF is within walking distance to downtown Winchester. Uber and Lyft are available, as well as local taxi companies. Winchester has some public transit, but it is not always convenient; residents may coordinate with staff on local transportation needs once here. 


What is expected of me while attending the Peter Bullough Foundation?

We have created an environment untethered from normal responsibilities for you to work in; we hope you’ll invest time and energy into creating and practicing your art. You are not expected to donate art to the PBF at the end of your time here, but we do hope that you’ll choose to participate in some local events while in Winchester. If you’re interested, staff are happy to help coordinate a workshop or talk, connecting you with the local community. We also hope that you’ll share your work and process through conversations with the other residents, staff, local artists, and community. Finally, while you’re here, we ask that you respect the PBF’s collections and property, as well as that of other residents and our neighbors. Disrespectful and disruptive behavior will not be tolerated and could result in being asked to leave early.


What art stores are available locally?

There are no specialized art stores nearby beyond Michael’s. Feel free to bring supplies with you or coordinate with PBF staff to have supplies delivered as you need them. Nearby are fabric stores, lumberyards, and hardware stores.

What pandemic protocols do you have in place?

In addition to regular cleaning, we ask that residents follow the CDC's latest guidelines. Each resident has access to a private bedroom and studio. In the event that Covid cases decrease, two artists may share a bathroom or each resident may have their own.

"It's better to support young artists than to waste your money on dead artists."

- Dr. Peter G. Bullough