Arquetopia

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Brief description of organisation

ARQUETOPIA
Founded in 2009, Arquetopia is an award-winning, Mexican official nonprofit foundation for visual arts and music, run entirely by artists. Arquetopia’s programs promote development and social transformation through contemporary art with a non-traditional, culturally diverse and multidisciplinary approach. Arquetopia offers artist residency programs of the highest quality, making its staff available and creating a community among staff and resident artists. Arquetopia’s resident artist and staff backgrounds are diverse in all aspects. As part of Arquetopia’s mission is to promote diversity, artists from Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Middle East are especially encouraged to apply.

In contrast to vacation rentals and B&B’s marketing themselves part-time as quasi art residencies, both Arquetopia and Arquetopia Oaxaca have always been professional spaces exclusively for artists and include structured programs; a network of collaborative workspaces, institutions, and studios; and project support. Arquetopia is a self-sustaining, official nonprofit foundation in a developing country and is unfunded by outside entities. As such, and as with most artist residencies around the world, our residents fund their own programs. The residency program fee covers the costs of accommodation in our facilities including meals, utilities and housekeeping; weekly meetings with guidance and assistance from our staff; studio space; and some tools. For the special instructional residencies we offer, the instruction our residents receive from the local master artists we contract is also paid directly from the residency program fee. All materials for these instructional courses are included. For self-directed residencies, artists bring their own materials and supplies or obtain them locally.

PUEBLA, SOUTHERN MEXICO
A large, unique three-story Mexican colonial-style house close to Puebla’s Historic District and Zócalo accommodates the offices, residency space for up to seven artists, and production spaces of Arquetopia.

Known as the "City of Angels,” Puebla is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that lies 136 km (84 mi) from Mexico City and has approximately 5,000 colonial buildings. 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, Arabic, Jewish, French and Spanish influences. Accessible via two international airports in Puebla (PBC) and Mexico City (MEX), Puebla lies 45 km (28 mi) east of the Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl volcanoes, giving the residents a magnificent view of their snow-topped peaks. At an elevation of 2200 m (7200 ft), Puebla features a temperate subtropical highland climate, resulting in an average of only three days a year seeing temperatures rise above 29°C (84°F).

Lonely Planet, the world’s largest travel guide book and digital media publisher, announced that Puebla made its Readers’ Choice Top 10 “Best in Travel” list for 2012. A recent New York Times article named Puebla as #13 of the “45 Places to Go in 2012," and The San Francisco Chronicle recently named Puebla as one of the top five safest places in Mexico for travelers.

Organisation founded in

2009

Brief description of residency program

ARTIST RESIDENCIES AT ARQUETOPIA
Our Artist-in-Residence Programs offer competitive professional opportunities for emerging and mid-career, national and international artists, designers, curators, art historians, art educators, and cultural researchers age 25 and over.

Our programs are based on a non-exploitative model promoting social consciousness. Residents are strongly encouraged to address social themes 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 artists, designers, curators and historians from diverse backgrounds and disciplines who are interested in creating work or inspired by art, elements, techniques or processes that are specific to Mexico and/or unique to Puebla or Oaxaca.

Some examples of techniques offered (but not limited to):
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

RESIDENCY GUIDELINES
• Selection decisions are based on artistic work. Candidates at all stages of their careers (emerging and established) must demonstrate responsibility and a sense of potential.
• Our pool of applicants and residents is diverse in all aspects.
• Our residency programs are competitive opportunities for artists 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 have a clear and responsible connection to Mexico, Puebla or Oaxaca.
• The creation of community among fellow artists and staff during the residency period is important.

RESIDENCY PROGRAMS OVERVIEW
1. Art Production, Design Production, or Photography Production Residency (self-directed)
2. Art Educators Special Residency
3. Mexican Ceramics Special Residency (self-directed)
4. Gold Leafing and Antique Art Techniques Instructional Residency
5. Mexican Textiles Instructional Residency
6. Natural Pigments Instructional Residency
7. Printmaking Special Residency (self-directed)
8. Art History and Cultural Research Residency (self-directed)
9. Showcase Art Exhibition Residency (special invitation only)
10. Mexican Jewelry Instructional Residency
11. Illustration and Graphic Design Production Residency (self-directed)

INCLUDED IN ARQUETOPIA ARTIST RESIDENCIES
COMFORTABLE ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS:
Residents enjoy comfortably furnished bedrooms and use of Arquetopia’s residency space including wireless Internet, lounge with TV/DVD and games, kitchen, dining room, outdoor terrace, and shared bathroom with modern fixtures, shower, and hydro-massage tub. Meals, open access to the kitchen, and housekeeping are also included.
STUDIO AND MATERIALS:
Roomy indoor and outdoor art studio are provided with personal work space, large tables, and some tools. For self-directed residencies, artists bring their own materials and supplies or obtain them locally. In cases where a specific technique, space and/or materials are not available for a proposed project, our foundation will work with the artist and community on alternatives that will suit the work. Access to special facilities (such as the printmaking or ceramics studios) is also provided depending on the chosen technique.

INITIATE YOUR APPLICATION
Visit the Arquetopia website at www.arquetopia.org
E-mail info@arquetopia.org for more information.
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.

Arquetopia on the Web: www.arquetopia.org
Arquetopia Blog: www.arquetopia.com
Arquetopia on Facebook: www.facebook.com/Arquetopia
Arquetopia Oaxaca on Facebook: www.facebook.com/ArquetopiaOaxaca

Residency program since

2009

Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Educational Programmes
  • New Media
  • Printmaking
  • Curatorial
  • Architecture
  • Graphic Design, Jewelry, Wood, Digital Media, Paper, Natural Pigments, Design, Photography, Art History Research, Gold Leaf, Mixed Media, Site-Specific Intervention
Type of organisation
  • Artist-Run
  • Independent Association/Foundation

Non-profit; strictly unaffiliated with any political, religious, or weapon-building entities

Residency conditions

Duration of residencies
  • 3 weeks
  • 1 month
  • between 1 and 3 months
  • 3 months
  • between 3 and 6 months
  • 6 months
Number of artists resident at one time

5

Grants available

See the Funding Opportunities page on our blog: http://arquetopiafoundationfordevelopment.wordpress.com/funding/

Application who/how

Open Call

Selection procedure

By Committee

Presentation of artists' work

Arranged on a case-by-case basis

Description of residency

Setting

Urban-- Vibrant, scenic, safe historic city brimming with art and artist resources

Resources
  • Internet Connection
  • Library
  • Office
  • Kitchen
  • Printmaking Facilities
  • Ceramics Facilities
  • Woodworking Tools
  • Arquetopia is partnered with numerous premier spaces for the production and showcasing of its resident artists’ work.
Accomodation
  • Private Room
Working language(s)
  • English
  • Spanish
Other activities happening at the space
  • Workshops
  • Presentation
  • Exhibitions

How to reach

Nearest airport

Puebla/Huejotzingo (PBC) or Mexico City (MEX)