Peaked Hill Trust Residency Program

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and a freeze on 2020 programming, the Peaked Hill Trust Arts and Science program will be honoring 2020 selectees in the summer of 2021. Information on opportunities and applications for the future 2022 season will be available in the fall of 2021.

About the Program

Residencies in PHT’s Arts and Sciences Program consist of one to two week stays in the dunes. 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.

General Categories For Arts and Sciences

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

Application Process and Guidelines

This application will be updated in fall 2021 for 2022 residency opportunities.
In addition to examples of your work and a resume, the application requires a 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 of PHT members for their relevancy to shack life, diversity of disciplies, 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 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 lottery for a shack. For information about joining, email

Shack Life

In your plans and preparations, remember that you will be hauling all your own belongings, plus food, in and out of the shack, on your own. A volunteer caretaker will escort you in the PHT truck. Their primary job is shack caretaker and to introduce you to what you need to know to live lightly in 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 things, 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, gas fridge and hot plate.
• No insulation (hot or cold as outside may be); 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 (very sorry).

One week Residencies
Shack Date Fee
Zara's 5/16 - 5/23 $200
Thalassa 5/31-6/6 $275
Euphoria 6/6 - 6/13 $275
Zara's 10/10 - 10/17 $200

Two Week Residencies at Ray Wells
Date Fee
6/27 - 7/11 $750
7/25 - 8/8 $750
8/22 - 9/5 $750

One residency will be awarded based on financial need.

Last updated: December 15, 2020

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