Brief description of organisation
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. The residency program fee covers the costs of our facilities, a small staff, utilities, typical art materials and supplies, meals, and housekeeping. For the Special Instructional Residencies we offer, the instruction our residents receive from the master artists we contract –many of whom are local and indigenous artists from the poorest communities– is also funded directly from the residency program fee.
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
Brief description of residency program
ARTIST RESIDENCIES AT ARQUETOPIA
All proposals are welcome. Projects addressing social issues involving the community in the process of creating cutting-edge work with a nontraditional approach on traditional techniques will be given priority. Each residency is unique, based on the type of residency and the artist’s proposal. Residents are chosen on the basis of artistic merit and evaluation of the proposed project.
Some examples of techniques offered (but not limited to):
Drawing • Painting • Natural pigments (grana cochinilla and other pigments) • Paper (papel amate) • Printmaking • Graphic design • Mexican textiles (telar de cintura, embroidery, backstrap weaving) • Sculpture • Ceramics (incl. Talavera, loza vidriada) • Gold leaf and other antique art techniques • Wood carving • Alebrijes • Ephemeral (including food and other perishable materials) • Photography: digital photography and alternative photographic processes • Digital media • Design
• Selection decisions are based on artistic work. Candidates at all stages of their careers (emerging and established) must demonstrate a sense of potential.
• Our pool of applicants and residents is diverse in all aspects.
• Our residency programs are opportunities for artists to pursue their own work, free of pressure (especially work that in their particular circumstances would normally be difficult to produce).
• The creation of community among fellow artists and staff during the residency period is important.
RESIDENCY PROGRAMS OVERVIEW
1. Art Production Residency (autonomous)
2. Design Production Residency (autonomous)
3. Photography Production Residency (autonomous)
4. Art Educators Special Residency
5. Ceramics Special Residency (autonomous)
6. Gold Leafing and Antique Art Techniques Special Residency (instructional)
7. Mexican Textiles Special Residency (instructional)
8. Music Special Residency
9. Natural Pigments Special Residency (instructional)
10. Printmaking Special Residency (autonomous)
11. Curatorial / Art History Residency (autonomous)
12. Short-Term Research Residency (autonomous)
13. Site-Specific Intervention Residency (autonomous)
ALL-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 private bathroom with modern fixtures, shower, and hydro-massage tub. Daily 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, tools, basic materials and supplies. 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 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, activities, and employment 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
- Graphic Design, Jewelry, 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
- 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
See the Funding Opportunities page on our blog: http://arquetopiafoundationfordevelopment.wordpress.com/funding/
Presentation of artists' work
Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Description of residency
Urban-- Vibrant, scenic, and safe colonial 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.
- Private Room
Other activities happening at the space
How to reach
Puebla/Huejotzingo (PBC) or Mexico City (MEX)