What’s Your Deal?

The Growlery is a privately run artist residency centrally located in San Francisco’s historic Haight-Ashbury neighborhood. Artists live rent-free in a beautifully restored Victorian-era home, working in a unique environment alongside a small group of peers. 

What is a Growlery?

Growlery is a word invented by Charles Dickens in his 1852 serial Bleak House.

The author, whose work could best be described as “Dickensian,” wrote, "This, you must know, is the growlery. When I am out of humour, I come and growl here.” In other words, a place to turn the worst of times into the best of times.

The word was removed from the Concise Oxford English Dictionary in 2011. We’re bringing growlery back.

Where Are You?

The Growlery is located in San Francisco’s historic Haight-Ashbury neighborhood at 235 Broderick Street, San Francisco, CA 94117.

When Can I Visit?

The Growlery hosts regular events. Please check out our calendar. You can also schedule a visit by writing to us at contact@thegrowlery.org.

I Like What You’re Doing. How Can I Be A Part of It?

Applications are closed for 2019.  Applications for 2020 will be open in late spring of 2019 with a deadline in mid-July. Join our mailing list under the Contact tab on our website to be informed of upcoming deadlines. Artists interested in a residency should propose an idea for a project, part of a larger work, or a series of pieces they intend to complete while in residence.

In addition to residencies, the Growlery has commissioned murals, sculptures, and installations.

Artists with questions should direct their inquiries to contact@thegrowlery.org.

In your opinion, what does it take to become a great artist?

Ninety percent effort, 10 percent jetpacks.