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Artist Residency


Our mission is to serve artists by providing the space to create, connect, restore and renew, and to serve our community by offering an opportunity to connect with art.

With the arrival of Fall, things slow down quite a bit on Marrowstone Island. It's the perfect season to tap into that creativity you hear us mention so often. For that reason, Plum Nelli hosts a month-long artist-in-residence program, typically for the month of November.... we provide a space for artists to live and work and in-turn are able to offer our community an opportunity to connect in some creative way with the artist's work. Artists are encouraged to offer a workshop during, and/or a show towards the end of, their stay. 

With stunning scenery abounding, Plum Nelli is an idyllic place for artists to find inspiration. We sit atop a hill on Marrowstone Island, overlooking Kilisut Harbor and the Olympic Mountains, with plenty of woods and glacial lakes near-by to explore. Residents are encouraged to connect with and indulge in our surroundings. 


Residency Benefits

Housing - Choose from our rustic cabin or charming apartment for a month-long stay. 

Workspace - 288 square foot studio with ample wall space, great lighting, and sweeping views. Separate washroom. For larger projects, the property also boasts a 40x60 open-air barn with running water. 

Wifi - Internet connection in main farm house. Wifi often does not work on other parts of the property.

Bike - You may use our shared bicycle for the duration of your residency. It's a 5 minute ride to the Nordland general store and Mystery Bay beach, 30 minutes to Chimacum, an hour and a half to Port Townsend, and various distances to hiking trails and beaches in the area. Or, feel free to bring your own vehicle! 

Support - From the Plum Nelli team and our surrounding community in organizing and facilitating workshops and events, developing creative ideas, and engaging with the surroundings. 

Residents are Encouraged to Collaborate with Plum Nelli by:

Hosting a Pop-Up Workshop

Organizing an Event - Art Over Dinner, Exhibit, etc.

Document Work Created During Your Residency - blogging, cooking, gardening, writing, photographing, etc.

Discussing Commission for Sales

Residents are Responsible for:

Bringing Your Own Materials

Transportation to and from Bainbridge Island - Bainbridge is easily accessed via ferry from Seattle. From Bainbridge, we can pick you up if needed, and bring you the 1 hour and 15 minute drive to Marrowstone Island. 

Personal Living Expenses  - food, travel, etc. Some food from the farm may be included, but you should also be prepared to purchase additional food

Keeping the Home Environment Clean




Please send us an email with the following: 

1.  A brief artist's statement.

2. A description of work or project intended to complete during the residency

3. 3 - 15 media samples of your best work including links to your work online

4. A list of 2 references: include their relationship to you & contact information

5. A description of workshop and/or show you might like to share


We were mesmerized by the view with light sparkling on the water, pale blue mountains in the distance, and roses spilling over the fence. We were delighted by the seaweed and seashells on Fort Flagler’s beach, the deer who came so close we could almost touch it, the beautiful linens, the cozy couch/day bed and Kathryn’s artful flower arrangements. Kind, friendly and accommodating hosts and a lovely place to stay!
— Mark & Jo Anna: California