Deadline: 19/08/2018

Short-Term Artist Residencies: Mapping Narratives. All Sessions Summer & Fall 2018. Arquetopia. Puebla, Mexico

Self-directed, tour-inclusive residencies of 2 weeks in majestic Puebla.

These unique, non-instructional residency programs offer competitive professional opportunities for emerging and mid-career, national and international artists, curators and art historians as well as art history, anthropology, archaeology, visual culture, and cultural studies professionals and graduate students age 22 and over.

APPLY NOW: Fee reduction options. Spaces are limited. All residency applications are evaluated for selection when they are received vs. after the deadline has passed.

PROGRAM OPTION #1. MAPPING NARRATIVES (Offered during sessions July to November 2018)

Location (Click each for full space details): Puebla, Mexico; or Oaxaca, Mexico; or Cusco, Peru

The Mapping Narratives: Short-Term Artist Residencies are self-directed, tour-inclusive residencies with a duration of 2 weeks in which residents work independently in our on-site spaces, having access to expertise and guided tours thematically focused. Applicants are welcome to propose projects in the field of art history or visual arts, including the following art techniques: digital photography, drawing, painting (acrylic), and mixed-media non-toxic techniques.

This program combines art making, critical perspectives, access to expertise, and guided tours to relevant sites. Residencies are thematically focused on Architecture, Archeology, or the impacts of Colonization in Peru or Mexico. All projects are welcome, and the concentration of the program will be thematically customized to the specific focus of the proposed residency project in the context of Cusco (Peru), Oaxaca (Mexico), or Puebla (Mexico).

Cusco, Oaxaca, and Puebla are three of the most important cities in Latin America, with a cultural and artistic legacy product of several centuries. They were each declared World Heritage cities by UNESCO considering their history, integrity, and urban development. They are each distinguished for the richness of their architecture, the importance of their archeological sites and buildings, and the complexity of their colonial history reflected in their local culture.

PROGRAM OPTION #2. EXPLORING AUTHORITY (Offered during sessions July to November 2018)

Location (Click for space details): Puebla, Mexico

The Exploring Authority: Short-Term Artist Residencies are self-directed and tour-inclusive residencies with a duration of 2 weeks. These unique programs combine research, art making, critical perspectives, access to archives, and guided tours to relevant sites in Puebla City. This residency is focused on the museum collections and archives of Puebla, including Fototeca Juan C. Méndez (photography archive), Museo Erasto Cortés (printmaking), Ceramoteca INAH (ceramics archive), Ex-Convento de Santa Mónica Religious Art Museum, and La Fragua Library BUAP. All projects are welcome, and the concentration of the program will be thematically customized to the specific focus of the proposed residency project in the context of the archives and museums of Puebla, Southern Mexico.

With a population of 2.7 million, Puebla is famous for a deep cultural identity, delicious cuisine, Talavera ceramics, and traditions rooted in the 16th-century baroque and enriched by a blend of five pre-Hispanic/indigenous cultures, Arab, Jewish, French, and Spanish influences. Declared by UNESCO world heritage city in 1987, Puebla has a great legacy in art and architecture visible in its museums and archives.

Our customized International Artist-in-Residence Programs offer competitive professional opportunities for emerging and mid-career, national and international artists, designers, curators, art historians, art educators, journalists, writers, and cultural researchers age 22 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. Understanding Mexico or Peru’s context and cultural complexity is key for a successful cultural exchange. We welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds and disciplines who are interested in creating work or inspired by art, elements, techniques or processes specific to Mexico or Peru.

Arquetopia is distinguished worldwide for its array of unique, customized residency programs with substantial content. Our residency spaces function exclusively for productive art professionals, writers, and researchers and include structured, informative programs; a network of collaborative workspaces, institutions, and studios; and individualized project support.


·       Selection decisions are based on artistic work and proposed project. Candidates 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 or Peru. The connection can be as broad as an artistic technique or as specific as a local theme.

·       The creation of community with fellow residents and staff during the residency period is important.

Founded in 2009, Arquetopia is an internationally established, award-winning nonprofit arts and cultural foundation with a social scope that emphasizes critical thinking through artistic practices. Our academic International Artist-in-Residence Programs are the largest and most reputable in Latin America, with an array of contents anchored in a solid structure of collaborations with prominent cultural institutions, renowned experts, and notable artists. We are invested in approaching art and art history with a critical perspective by understanding Mexico and Peru’s complexity in context and incorporating nuances in narratives and interpretation especially of the 3,000-year heritage of visual culture of these two countries. Since its founding, Arquetopia has raised the bar in the residency field, becoming a reference to every residency program in Latin America and influencing most of them in approaching artmaking with more rigorous practices, critical perspectives, and high standards.

Term of 2 weeks during the months indicated above, during Summer or Fall 2018. Dates are not predetermined but are nominated by the applicant.


Staff Support:

  • Each resident meets weekly with our staff for individualized research assistance/resources, project guidance, and critiques
  • Our residencies are process-based; artists are not expected to give talks, workshops, or exhibitions

Accommodation and Meals:

  • Furnished, private bedroom
  • Meals and 24-hour access to stocked kitchen and dining room
  • Wireless Internet
  • Shared bathrooms with modern fixtures and showers
  • Housekeeping

Studio Workspace:

  • 24-hour access to shared art studio with natural light
  • Personal workspace with large table
  • Some tools provided (artists)
  • For self-directed residencies, artists bring their own materials and supplies or obtain them locally

Session Length: 2 weeks during Summer or Fall 2018. Applicants may nominate their own range of dates.

Fee: PUEBLA, USD $549 per week (USD $1098 for the 2 weeks). OAXACA, USD $595 per week (USD $1190 for the 2 weeks). CUSCO, USD $649 per week (USD $1298 for the 2 weeks). Deposit of 50% of Residency Fee due within 1 week of selection. Balance due by 90 days prior to residency start date. Fee reduction possible; e-mail us.

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Complete and submit the Arquetopia Artist-in-Residence Online Application Form, following the instructions on the web page.

Following selection, applicants are notified immediately via e-mail.


Arquetopia is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our diverse local and international community. Arquetopia’s resident artist and staff backgrounds vary in all aspects. As part of Arquetopia’s mission is to promote diversity, Arquetopia actively fights discrimination by offering access to its programs and activities without regard to race, color, gender or gender expression, national origin, age, religion, creed, or sexual orientation.

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Short-Term Artist Residencies: Mapping Narratives. All Sessions Summer & Fall 2018. Arquetopia. Puebla, Mexico

Short-Term Artist Residencies: Mapping Narratives. All Sessions Summer & Fall 2018. Arquetopia. Puebla, Mexico


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