Peaked Hill Trust Arts and Science Residency Program

About the Program

Residencies in PHT’s Arts and Sciences Program consist of one to two week stays in the dune shacks of Cape Cod National Seashore. In addition to supporting projects in the visual arts, the residency program is designed to encourage a broad sweep of creative projects in the arts and sciences.

The next application deadline is February 15, 2023.

General Categories for Arts and Sciences

Architecture; Healing arts; Environmental (engineering); Environmental (naturalist, nature writing); Junior naturalist; Acting/playwriting; Dance; Music; Journalism; Science (marine, terrestrial); Cultural/historic (history, literature, fiction, poetry, visual arts)

Application Process and Guidelines

In addition to examples of your work and a resume, the application requires a written description of your project and how working in the dunes will enhance your project and its value to PHT’s program. Applications are reviewed by a jury for their relevancy to shack life, diversity of disciplines, and impact on the local community. All awardees will display their work in a group show (date tbd). If you are selected, you are agreeing to send work either made during the residency or inspired by it for inclusion in the exhibition. It is therefore very important that you clearly explain how your work will be presented/displayed.

Please note: applicants who have never participated in this program will have priority over past Arts and Sciences residents. Prior residents are encouraged to become members of Peaked Hill Trust and to enter the yearly community lottery for a shack. For information about joining, visit our website.

Shack Life

In your plans and preparations, remember that you will be bringing all your project supplies, belongings, food, in and out of the shack, on your own. A volunteer caretaker will escort you in the PHT truck and transport your gear. Their primary job as shack caretaker is to introduce you to what you need to know to live lightly in the dunes. Note that there is no public transportation in and out of the dunes.

You will get much more detailed information prior to going out to the shack, including what to bring, and what not to bring (the shacks are rather well equipped with kitchen supplies, blankets, etc). By accepting an offered week, you are agreeing to be responsible for the shack for that period of time. That means that when you, leave, the shack needs to be left in as good or better shape than when you got there.

The Shacks

  • Small (one of them has only a single bed); Not directly on the water; No plumbing (although there is a rather nice outhouse); Dry sink, fridge, and gas stove. At this writing the following shacks have solar that fuels the refrigerators: Ray’s, Zara’s, Euphoria. Recharging of devices not assured.
  • No insulation; Water pump at some distance from shack.
  • No housekeeping services; Free assortment of mosquitoes, mice, snakes, voles, ticks.
  • You are on your own, it rains in on occasion; there are no dogs or cats allowed.

Shacks, Schedule and User Fees


One week Residencies at Zara’s, Thalassa, and Euphoria
Shack Date Fee
Zara's May 13 - 20, 2023 $200
Thalassa May 27 - June 3, 2023 $275
Euphoria June 3 - 10, 2023 $275
Zara's October 7 - 14, 2023 $200

Two Week Residencies at Ray Wells
Date Fee
June 24 - July 8, 2023 $750
July 22 - August 5, 2023 $750
August 19 - September 2, 2023 $750


Scholarships: For residents who have financial hardship, one two-week residency at the Ray Wells shack will be awarded in full as an Arts and Science scholarship. If applicable, please indicate on your residency application.

2023 Application

Equal Opportunity: The Peaked Hill Trust do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, reproductive health decisions, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or age.

Last updated: January 9, 2023

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