Nestled among the trees in a forested residential area, Desire Lab is located a short drive from historic downtown Nevada City, CA, and 20 minutes from the magical Yuba River.

Desire Lab offers local and visiting artists safe space to explore, investigate, and pursue their creative desires. In addition to hosting individual artists, we are creating a platform to invite ongoing, open dialogue about artistic process and practice; mutually empowering creative collaborations; and to support the work of women, queer, and POC artists. 

Desire Lab acknowledges that our home resides on the ancestral homelands of the Nevada City Rancheria Nisenan Tribe. We support, and encourage all local land owners to support, their ingenious Ancestral Homelands Reciprocity Program. Learn more about the Nisenan and how to support their efforts to preserve their culture and reclaim their sovereignty here.


Our offerings include:

  • low cost studio rentals for personal practice, rehearsals, workshops, and events

  • low cost residencies for visiting artists, from one day to one month

  • practical and artistic skill based workshops for women, led by women

  • safe(r) space for queer and POC community gatherings



For inquiries about space rentals and other questions please email: