The Peter Bullough Foundation provides fall and spring residencies to emerging artists and scholars with diverse backgrounds and interests. A residency is a radical, experimental community of trust; we seek to create a space that elevates voices that have been historically underserved, including those of the LGBTQIA2S+ community.
The ideal applicant will be self-directed, motivated, able to work independently, and interested in engaging with the local community. Each awarded residency period is roughly 4 weeks long and is shared with 1-2 other artists in residence, making it a very intimate experience. Artistic collaborators in groups of 2-3 may apply in one application.
Supporting our local community is crucial to our mission. While in residence, artists are required to host a workshop, lecture, or event virtually or in-person.
The PBF accepts applications from artists working in the following disciplines: visual arts, literature, film/video arts, interdisciplinary arts, music, music composition, playwriting, screenwriting, poetry, theatre, and architecture.
Fall residencies begin in August, September, and October, and November and spring residencies start in late January, February, March, and April. Applications open in January for fall residencies and in August for spring residencies. Please sign up for our newsletter (see webpage footer) to be notified when applications open.
When open, applications are available through the Call for Entry website by first making an artist account at Call for Entry and then by applying to the residency.
Applications are currently closed.
Applications include the following requirements:
Resume, CV, or Statement of Qualifications
Two Personal References
Please contact the PBF staff with any questions.
A $550 stipend is provided to assist in covering supplies, necessities, and food for the month.
The Peter Bullough Foundation offers free accommodations for two to three artists at a time in Dr. Bullough’s former home, a renovated 1840’s house with private bedrooms and shared bathrooms and common spaces. Private studios and workspaces are located in an adjacent building that also houses the majority of Dr. Bullough’s book and art collections. Private gardens connect the properties and are also available as open-air workspaces.
Winchester, Virginia is a quintessential American small town with a rising arts scene. The town is home to a large regional art museum, several house museums, a children's discovery museum, and many small, local shops that embrace the area's creative community. Downtown Winchester offers numerous dining options and four award-winning locally-owned breweries. Additionally, Winchester is home to Shenandoah University which regularly hosts theater, dance, and music performances.
Selection is a multi-step process involving the PBF staff, residency committee, residency alumni, and board. We may request an interview with you to learn more about you and your work. Selections will be announced 30-45 days after the application deadline. The PBF does not discriminate in its programs and activities on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, religion, creed, national origin, age, and/or disability.
We look for people who desire to be part of a community and who are ready and open to receiving the benefits of our local community, the PBF, and their fellow residents. We seek out artists who are serious about their work and who can be self-directed in further developing it. Those who consider themselves or their practice emerging and who are in need of resources such as time and space to further their practice will find a home here, as will those in the queer community. We look for those for whom this residency will be a turning point and who will find this experience impactful. Finally, Dr. Bullough admired nonconformity and authenticity of expression. We value those with a different way of seeing.
“My fantasy is for young artists to find themselves and come and live here for 2 or 3 months just to get away… There’s a house on Lake Como in Italy that does the same thing... that was, of course, endowed by the Rockefellers so this is a little different.”
- Dr. Peter G. Bullough