The Jail Cell Residency supports artists, writers, and curators by offering a unique opportunity in San Francisco’s SOMA district. The studio, measuring approximately 600 square feet, serves as a backdrop or inspiration for site-specific projects and experimental exhibitions. The residency is named for the mock jail cell located in the basement, a remnant of former tenant Stormy Leather as well as a reference to the neighborhood’s historic ties to leather and kink culture. We encourage risk-taking practices that produce thought-provoking installations that may only be realized in this unconventional space.

Please complete this application. We look forward to hearing from you!

Submissions are currently closed. Next deadline in May 2016.

The Jail Cell Residency was generously awarded a 2014 Southern Exposure Alternative Exposure Grant.

Alter Space Jail Cell Residency

Alter Space Jail Cell Residency
Current resident:
Rachel Dawson (Aug – Nov 2015)


Justine Rivas (Nov – Jan 2016)
Alyssa Lempesis (Feb – April 2016)


Dimitra Skandali (July – Aug 2015)
Nightmare City (May – June 2015)
Elise McMahon (Mar – Apr 2015)
Sietske Tjallingii (Feb – Mar 2015)
John Moore Williams (Nov-Jan 2015)
Matthew Gottschalk (Oct-Nov 2014)
Amanda Quiroz (Jul-Oct 2014)
Shiri Mordechay (Feb-Oct 2014)
Nellie King Solomon & Jenny Muskopf (Apr-Jun 2014)
Yulia Pinkusevich (Feb-Mar 2014)
Melissa Wyman(January 2014)
The Something (Oct-Nov 2013)
Bex Freund (June-Sept 2013)
Melissa Dickenson (Feb-Jun 2013)
Joshua Hagler (Sept 2012-Jan 2013)
Matt Silady (May-Aug 2012)