about

You’ve really built something special right there in downtown Berkeley!
— Lawrence Rinder, Director, Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive

headquarters is a possibility shop.

Our mission is to offer space and support to artists who want to spark positive connections and change in themselves, their communities, and society at large. 

Rigorous. Experimental. Serendipitous. Playful.

The shows and events are always full of surprises. Projects have included everyone from first timers to advanced college students to top scholars to best-selling authors to anonymous street artists to folks with work in the Venice Biennale, SFMOMA, and the Victoria and Albert Museum.  

Our intimate storefront transforms again and again to become whatever the participating artists and scholars envision. An immersive forest of dreams? A baroque music salon? A glittery homage to The Factory? The cutting edge point of architecture, nature, and technology? You decide. 

Throughout history the arts have had the power to activate and unite forward-thinking people and communities. With the scope and scale of the issues facing us today, artists have the opportunity and the imperative to do their most important work. Sometimes all they need is a little hand-up. That's where headquarters comes in. Since 2011, we've supported the work of hundreds of creative thinkers from across disciplines and across sectors.

Chris McNevin, tidying up before (t)here opening. Self-portrait, graphite. 

Chris McNevin, tidying up before (t)here opening. Self-portrait, graphite. 

Treating it as part laboratory, part playground, and part showcase, Lisa has developed headquarters as a space committed to artistic rigor, but also as a safe space where artists may feel free to explore and display works that they might not venture elsewhere.
— Alex Bigman, Arts Writer, East Bay Express
Nick Lake and Travis Teel. Momentum, still, detail. 

Nick Lake and Travis Teel. Momentum, still, detail. 

One idea, one artwork, one show at a time, headquarters has become a community studio with global reach. 

Spread entirely by word of mouth, we've welcomed collaborators from as far away as Canada, Sweden, Australia, Spain, China, Chile, England, and the Netherlands. headquarters has also supported off-site artists, installations, and residency programs in Washington D.C., New Orleans, Los Angeles, and Oslo. With a focus on art-centered scholarship, we've brought visual artists together with authors, mathematicians, musicians, software developers, film makers, corporate executives, gardeners, actors, teachers, poets, and even one physicist. We balance world class creative practice and critical inquiry with the comfort of working with friends. 

Lisa’s fierce insight and uncompromising commitment to excellence in art make her a natural curator and artistic collaborator.
— Tann Cordell, Artist

Founded and directed by sculptor Lisa O'Reilly, headquarters is built on a foundation of collaboration and art as social practice. Dreams, ideas, and process guide our work. The power and beauty of headquarters is that we don’t ever really know what is going to happen. But, this we do know - when we work together, good things are not only possible, they're probable. 

We hope you'll join us.