Nestled in Mount Washington, with a stunning view of Downtown, GuestHaus Residency took hold in 2011, offering free housing to visiting artists, scholars, and cultural producers who are completing projects or research with local institutions like RED CAT and the Mak Center for Art + Architecture. Organized by curator and writer Chloë Flores, whose partner Tim Lefevre built the detached guesthouse below their own Eastside digs, GuestHaus Residency provides nonmonetary support for cultural producers by providing a place to stay while executing a project, with residencies lasting up to three weeks.
“The value of both means of support—nonmonetary and monetary—transforms the economic conditions of artistic and cultural activities,” says Flores. “Housing is an expensive part of staying in Los Angeles. Residency at the GH R means that the money allocated for housing can go back into the production of the artwork, performance, event, etc.” Flores has already worked with artists and scholars like Ming Wong, A.L. Steiner, Sam Gordon, and Nicole Miller, all of whom were selected through a rigorous application process. “We had the space and there was a need. Los Angeles is a city of private spaces, when compared to cities with vast public spaces. The GH R opens up our private space to public possibilities.”