Arquetopia International Artist Residency - Puebla, Southern Mexico
Brief description of organisation
Our Artist-in-Residence Programs offer competitive professional opportunities for emerging and mid-career, national and international artists, designers, curators, art historians, art educators, cultural researchers, writers, and journalists 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 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.
EXAMPLES OF TECHNIQUES WE OFFER (BUT NOT LIMITED TO THESE)
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.
RESIDENCY PROGRAMS WE OFFER
1. Art Production, Design Production, or Photography Production Residency (self-directed)
2. Art Educators Special Artist Residency
3. Art History and Cultural Research Residency (self-directed)
4. Mexican Ceramics Special Artist Residency (self-directed)
5. Gold Leafing and Antique Art Techniques Instructional Artist Residency
6. "Inside the Museum" Short-Term Instructional Artist Residencies
7. Journalism Residencies (self-directed)
8. Mexican Textiles Instructional Artist Residency
9. Natural Pigments Instructional Artist Residency
10. Printmaking Special Artist Residency (self-directed)
11. Writers Residency (self-directed)
Organisation founded in
Brief description of residency program
Founded in 2009 in Puebla, Arquetopia is an award-winning, Mexican official nonprofit foundation promoting Development, social transformation and productivity through artistic, cultural, and educational programs. The core of the Foundation is Sustainable Development through four principles embodied in all of Arquetopia’s programs and activities: social awareness, shared responsibility, innovation, and local networks development. Arquetopia is experienced in negotiation and reinvestment of resources for local arts development in Mexico with the following features: social scope; quality; synergy; collaboration; innovation; viability; reciprocity; and respect for local knowledge.
In contrast to the many vacation rentals, spa resorts, and B&B’s being advertised as part-time quasi art centers, both Arquetopia and Arquetopia Oaxaca have always been productive spaces exclusively for artists and art professionals and include structured programs; a network of collaborative workspaces, institutions, and studios; and project support.
PUEBLA, SOUTHERN MEXICO
New for 2015: A large, spectacular, four-story 1939 Mexican Colonial castle-style compound conveniently located in Puebla’s central historic district and close to the Zócalo (city square) accommodates the offices, residency space for up to ten artists-in-residence, and numerous production spaces of Arquetopia. Recently renovated, the residency offers a large, natural-light studio and natural-light art gallery; a classroom; a darkroom; a natural pigments lab; ten furnished bedrooms; an indoor/outdoor dining facility; an open-access kitchen; furnished outdoor terraces; a botanical garden; a research library; and a rooftop lounge.
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.
INCLUDED IN ARQUETOPIA PUEBLA ARTIST RESIDENCIES
All Arquetopia residencies include weekly individual meetings with our staff for research assistance, project guidance, and critiques.
Accommodation and Meals:
Furnished, private bedrooms and use of Arquetopia’s residency space including wireless Internet, lounge areas, kitchen, dining room, outdoor terrace, and shared bathrooms with modern fixtures and showers are provided. Meals, open access to the kitchen, and housekeeping are included.
Large and bright, shared art studio with natural light is provided with personal workspace, large tables, and some tools. For instructional residencies, materials and supplies for the courses are included. For self-directed residencies, materials and supplies are not included but are available for purchase locally.
RESIDENCY PROGRAM FEE
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 residencies.
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 instructional residencies, materials and supplies for the courses are included.
INITIATE YOUR APPLICATION
Visit the Arquetopia website at www.arquetopia.org
E-mail firstname.lastname@example.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
Disciplines and media
- Visual Art
- Performing Arts
- Textile Art
- Educational Programmes
- New Media
- Film Making
- Graphic Design, Wood, Digital Media, Paper, Natural Pigments, Design, Photography, Art History Research, Gold Leaf, Mixed Media, Site-Specific Intervention
Type of organisation
- Independent Association/Foundation
Non-profit; strictly unaffiliated with any political, religious, or weapon-building entities
Duration of residencies
- 2 weeks
- 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
between 5 and 10
Arquetopia accommodates partners in cases when both are actively participating Artists-in-Residence (individually or collaborating).
See the Funding Opportunities page on our blog which lists granting entities in many states and countries worldwide. Many artists have also raised their funds through programs such as Pozible, Kickstarter, GoFundMe, and Indiegogo: http://arquetopiafoundationfordevelopment.wordpress.com/funding/
Presentation of artists' work
Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Description of residency
Urban-- Vibrant, scenic, safe historic city brimming with art and artist resources
- Internet Connection
- Printmaking Facilities
- Ceramics Facilities
- Woodworking Tools
- Arquetopia is partnered with numerous premier spaces for the production and showcasing of its resident artists’ work.
Number of studios
Type and size of studios
- Private Room
Other activities happening at the space
How to reach
Puebla/Huejotzingo (PBC) or Mexico City (MEX)