About this listing
18th Street Arts Center’s Visiting Artist Residency Program hosts artists from across the United States and around the world. This is a live/work studio for working artists who want to spend some time getting to know the Los Angeles art scene.
Our fully equipped live-work artist studio is available from one or more weeks, and is exclusively offered to working visual, literary and performing artists as well as curators and art researchers (send work samples to (email hidden)is is a full functioning artist studio. Cement floors, excellent wall space, work tables.
Stays less than one week are not available.
18th Street Arts Center is the largest and oldest artist residency program in Southern California supporting cutting-edge contemporary artists across all media. As a vibrant community comprised of local artists, curators, arts organizations, and visiting artists from around the globe, 18th Street offers a dynamic, well connected environment for artists visiting Los Angeles.
The Studio includes:
•Spacious open floor plan
•Two-story ceilings, multiple skylights
•Raw, industrial aesthetic
• Modern conveniences
•Fully equipped kitchen
•Wi-Fi, Internet TV and phone
•Bicycle for getting around town
•Common laundry room with washer/dryer
•Fantastic location in Santa Monica - minutes to the beach, restaurants, clubs, shops
We will also arrange free pick-up at LAX airport if you arrive on a weekday between 9am and 5pm. Arriving late at night is strongly discouraged. Our studio campus does not have 24 hour staff on site. An orientation to our art center, the studio, the neighborhood, and the arts scene is given on the 1st or 2nd day of your arrival.
For more information about 18th Street Arts Center, please visit our website.
Overnight guests other than the one or two individuals who have booked the studio are not allowed. This is a working studio - we expect you will fully use the floors, walls and tables in the studio area to make messy art.
Please help us keep the bedroom and kitchen floors, walls and furniture - that are not part of the studio, nice for the next artist.
The venerable 18th Street Arts Center is a studio space for working artists, and as such the facility is excellent. Our unit had a very useful overhead door and loading ramp, a 20 foot high ceiling, utility sink, an assortment of tools. We had permission to move the furnishings around and otherwise adapt the space to suit our needs. There were bikes provided for getting around and provisioning. A more convenient, productive, well-located space could not be found in LA.
The street was noisy (Metro construction; a busy school) beginning every day at 7 a.m., but very quiet by night. We had 4 or 5 days with intermittent hot water during our stay, and roofing contractors were in to fix leaks a couple of times. The place was appointed with clean, serviceable if well-worn furnishings that suit a working art space. The nonstick cookware was a little too worn for us to want to use, so we just bought our own stuff. Parking was sometimes a hassle, partly due to unauthorized use by people from the adjacent school. Security in our building was iffy, mainly because the keyed entrance door was left propped open day and night by tenants. Anyone could walk in, and a woman staying alone might well feel unsafe in the hallways and laundry. None of these things was a significant problem for us.
On the whole, we loved the place and its diverse community of creative people. The young people we got to know on staff were smart and delightful. Thank-you Lauren and Nicole. Special thanks to Haroon for the kindness and thoroughness with which he did his no doubt difficult job of maintenance on a vast property.
The one serious trouble arose when we decided to move up our departure date two weeks. Though we gave more than the month’s notice required, the new residency manager was angry and told us we were unfairly leaving 18th Street in the lurch. She began to calculate off-contract payments she imagined were owing, which was just alarming. It soon became apparent that no one at 18th Street had read and understood the basics of the Airbnb contract — which was sensibly reverted to.
Misunderstandings happen. Whether they are handled positively or negatively is what really matters. The initial handling of this one was pretty uncomfortable for us, and an unneeded distraction from work, but we got past it. The center’s use of the Airbnb system to fill its surplus spaces is now being re-thought, which is great. 18th Street Arts Center seems to be going through an exciting process of rejuvenation and all-in-all we’d recommend it to other artists.
Thanks for your detailed review Allen. Glad you were able to make the most of 18th Street's artist residency program. We enjoyed hosting you and would gladly host you again. Thank you for noting too that your early cancellation was resolved to your benefit, even though we both discovered the hard way that AirBnB's policy is in conflict with our established policy that has been in effect for over 10 years.
For others reading this review -
On security - 18th Street Arts Center is an established artist residency center, with a 25 year history of hosting over 50 artists a year. It is located in Santa Monica, on a city block that we share with a private K-12 school. The neighborhood is quite tame. The building where this studio is located is also home to other arts organizations (who lease from us and are anchors in our community) who offer evening classes, which is why the door is open after regular business hours.
On Parking - it's free, generally ample, and steps away from the studios.
When you book a residency at 18th Street Arts Center, you are entering into a campus filled with people that are entirely dedicated to making art, supporting artists and the creative process.
My parents stayed here for a month and loved it! They were comfortable and inspired to work, everyone was super helpful and accommodating. A very productive visit. They are coming back next year!
If you're looking for space, privacy, and quiet at a competitive rate for an extended/working stay in LA, 18th St. Studios are a great option. The studio was larger than expected, check-in/out was very easy, and security deposit was returned promptly with no hassle. Other artists in the community are very friendly, but you need to be here for work first-and-foremost since it's in a somewhat isolated part of town. If that's your focus, it's perfect-- there are very few distractions. The bed was good, shower hot, and linens clean. On-site washer/dryer were easy and convenient. Free bikes made exploring SM & Venice a blast! Only criticism is that the kitchen articles (pots & pans especially) were very old and worn out— all but the most bohemian would probably find them rather unsavory. But all in all, everything worked and the creative vibe and space were just what I was looking for. Thanks!
About the Host, Jan
I'm am an arts executive in Los Angeles. I've been hosting international artists from around the world for nearly two decades. Artists feel right at home at our art center. There are outdoor patios, a community garden and lots of local friendly artists to interact with who also have studios here on site.
I'm a dedicated Buddhist, and I have a life long passion for learning, especially about arts and culture, indigenous histories, and the sciences. I was raised on a horse ranch in California and love being outdoors.