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Arquetopia Foundation and International Artist Residency

Arquetopia Foundation and International Artist Residency

Apply Now Through Sunday, November 15. Space Is Limited.
Early applications receive priority status and immediate processing.

Our Artist-in-Residence Programs offer competitive professional opportunities for emerging and mid-career, national and international artists, designers, curators, art historians, art educators, writers, journalists, cultural researchers, and graduate students age 25 and over.

Our programs are based on a non-exploitative model promoting social consciousness. Residents are strongly encouraged to explore various ways of cultural exchange as part of their artistic and/or research goals and to actively engage in critical discussions as part of their residency experience. As Arquetopia’s mission is to promote social transformation, understanding Mexico’s context, and specifically Puebla and Oaxaca’s cultural complexity, is key for a successful cultural exchange. We welcome art professionals and students from diverse backgrounds and disciplines who are interested in creating work inspired by art, elements, techniques or processes that are specific to Mexico and/or unique to Puebla or Oaxaca.

Our residency programs are process-oriented, and the core of the residency is a critical approach to artmaking, learning, and research. Our staff and board of directors have designed a curriculum for the residency programs that facilitates a critical dialogue between the artist’s practice and the context encountered. In order to challenge stereotypes and preconceived notions of Latin America, all programs include an introduction to the complexity of Mexican identities with a focus in the artists’ project scope and artistic goals.

Artists-in-residence are introduced to a better understanding of Mexico’s Mesoamerican and colonial past, its modern present, and while producing, they learn to challenge contemporary art and what are considered traditional art practices; therefore, Arquetopia aids this process with a series of weekly individual meetings, discussion, critiques, and a critical bibliography that are tailored to each artist’s needs. The ultimate goal is for artists to learn new methods and techniques while questioning their own practice in the hopes of extending the critical discussion to other communities.

Drawing • Painting • Natural pigments (cochineal, indigo, and other pigments) • Paper • Printmaking • Graphic design • Textiles • Mexican textiles (weaving, embroidery, back-strap weaving) • Sculpture • Ceramics • Mexican ceramics (Talavera, loza vidriada) • Gold leafing and antique art techniques • Wood carving • Performance • Ephemeral (including food and other perishable materials) • Photography: digital photography and alternative photographic processes • Digital media • Design and illustration

• Selection decisions are based on artistic work and proposed project. Applicants at all stages of their careers (emerging and established) must demonstrate a clear sense of potential.
• Our pool of applicants and residents is diverse in all aspects.
• Our residency programs are competitive opportunities for artists and researchers to pursue their own work, free of pressure (especially work that in their particular circumstances would normally be difficult to produce).
• Selection priority is given to projects that explore a responsible connection between the applicant’s artistic practice and the cultural context of Mexico, of Puebla, or of Oaxaca. The connection can be as broad as an artistic technique or as specific as a local theme.
• The creation of community with fellow artists and staff during the residency period is important.

Arquetopia is not a rental space but a full array of programs with substantial content. In contrast to vacation property rentals, tourist resorts, B&B’s, and sublets advertised as quasi art centers, both Arquetopia and Arquetopia Oaxaca have always been spaces exclusively for productive art professionals, writers, and researchers and include structured, informative programs; a network of collaborative workspaces, institutions, and studios; and project support.

1. ARQUETOPIA SUMMER 2016 Special International Summer Program
2. Art Production, Design Production, or Photography Production Residency (self-directed)
3. Art Educators Special Artist Residency
4. Art History or Cultural Research Residency (self-directed)
5. Mexican Ceramics Special Artist Residency (self-directed)
6. Mexican Culinary Arts Instructional Residency
7. Gold Leafing and Antique Art Techniques Instructional Artist Residency
8. Mexican Textiles Instructional Artist Residency
9. Novohispanic Arts Instructional Residencies
10. Natural Pigments Instructional Artist Residency
11. Printmaking Special Artist Residency (self-directed)
12. Writers Residency (self-directed)

1. Arquetopia Puebla – Our spectacular 1939 compound in the majestic central historic district of Puebla
2. Arquetopia Oaxaca – Our alpine-style villa and studio in the peaceful countryside of Oaxaca

Click here for our current residency open calls and deadlines.

Arquetopia is a self-sustaining, official nonprofit foundation in a developing country and is unfunded by government or other outside interests. As such, and as with most artist residencies around the world, our residents fund their own residencies.

The residency fee covers accommodation, meals, utilities and housekeeping, weekly meetings with guidance and assistance from our staff, studio space, and some tools. For the instructional residencies we offer, the instruction our residents receive from the Mexican local master artists we contract is funded directly from the residency fee, and materials and supplies for these instructional courses are included. For our special residencies, most materials and supplies are included. For our self-directed residencies, artists bring their own materials and supplies or obtain them locally.

E-mail info@arquetopia.org for fees and application deadlines.

Click here for the page on our blog that lists granting entities in many states and countries worldwide. Many of our residents have also raised their funds through programs such as Pozible, Kickstarter, GoFundMe, GoGetFunding, and Indiegogo.

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