Arquetopia Foundation and International Artist Residency — Puebla, Mexico

General information

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, 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 residency programs with academic content. In contrast to various property rental schemes, tourist resorts, B&B’s, and sublets elsewhere, our residency spaces function exclusively for productive art professionals, writers, and researchers and include informative programs; a network of collaborative workspaces, institutions, and studios; and individualized project support.

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) • Peruvian textiles (Andean weaving) • Sculpture • Ceramics • Mexican ceramics (Talavera, loza vidriada) • Pre-Columbian ceramics • Gold leafing and estofado • 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 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.

RESIDENCY PROGRAMS WE OFFER
1. ARQUETOPIASUMMER 2018 Special International Academic Residency (June/July 2018)
2. ART, Design, or Photography Production Residency (self-directed)
3. ART EDUCATORS Residency
4. ART HISTORY or Cultural Research Residency
5. ART AND SCIENCE Residency
6. MEXICAN CERAMICS Artist Residency (self-directed)
7. GOLD LEAFING and Estofado Instructional Artist Residency
8. MEXICAN TEXTILES Instructional Artist Residency: Weaving, Embroidery, or Tapestry
9. NATURAL INK SILKSCREEN Instructional Artist Residency
10. NATURAL PIGMENTS Instructional Artist Residency (fiber dyeing)
11. ORGANIC PAINTING Instructional Artist Residency
12. PERUVIAN ARTS Instructional Residencies: Painting or Sculpture
13. PERUVIAN TEXTILES Instructional Artist Residency: Weaving
14. PRE-COLUMBIAN CERAMICS Instructional Artist Residency
15. PRINTMAKING Artist Residency (self-directed)
16. SHOWCASE ART EXHIBITION Residency (self-directed)
17. WRITERS Residency (self-directed)

Organisation founded in

2009

Brief description of residency program

ARQUETOPIA FOUNDATION
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.

ARQUETOPIA PUEBLA
A spectacular, four-story 1939 Mexican Colonial California-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 12 artists-in-residence, and numerous production spaces of Arquetopia. Recently renovated and expanded, the residency offers a large, natural-light studio; a darkroom; a printmaking studio, a ceramics firing facility with a medium-sized gas kiln; a natural pigments laboratory; a multi-room public gallery space; ten furnished bedrooms; a large dining room; an open-access kitchen; furnished outdoor terraces and viewing decks; a small botanical garden; a research library; and a rooftop lounge with panoramic views of the city.

PUEBLA, SOUTHERN MEXICO
Accessible via two international airports in Puebla (PBC) and Mexico City (MEX), Puebla is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that lies 136 km (84 mi) from Mexico City and has approximately 5,000 colonial buildings. 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. 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 2,200 m (7,200 ft), Puebla features a temperate subtropical highland climate, resulting in an average of only three days per year seeing temperatures above 29°C (84°F).

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN ARQUETOPIA PUEBLA RESIDENCIES
Staff Support:
All Arquetopia residencies include weekly individual meetings with our staff for research assistance, project guidance, and critiques.
Our residencies are process-based; residents are not expected to give talks, exhibitions, or workshops.
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.
Studio Workspace:
Large and bright, shared art studio is provided with personal workspace, large tables, and some tools. A darkroom is provided for photographers. Artists bring their own materials and supplies or obtain them locally. For instructional residencies, materials and supplies for the courses are included.

RESIDENCY PROGRAM FEE
Arquetopia is a self-sustaining, official nonprofit foundation run entirely by artists in two developing countries. Because Arquetopia receives zero external funding from governmental, corporate, or other entities, we are not a granting institution. As such, and as with most artist residencies around the world, the operating costs of our programs are sustained via the fee paid by the participating artists. Our residents cover the costs of their own residencies or seek third-party funding.

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.

HOW TO APPLY
Visit the Arquetopia website at www.arquetopia.org
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 on Facebook: www.facebook.com/Arquetopia

Residency program since

2009

Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • Educational Programmes
  • New Media
  • Animation
  • Printmaking
  • Curatorial
  • Film Making
  • Architecture
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Textile Art
  • Literature
  • Graphic Design, 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
Number of artists resident at one time

between 5 and 10

Companions allowed
  • Other

Arquetopia accommodates partners/spouses if both are selected and actively participating Artists-in-Residence (individually or collaborating). As our spaces are secure and professional adult environments, children, animals, and visitors are not permitted.

Grants available

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/

Expectations of the artist
  • Other

Each resident meets weekly with our staff for individualized research assistance/resources, project guidance, reading curriculum, and critiques. Our residencies are process-based; residents are not required to give talks/exhibitions/workshops

Application who/how

Digital Application

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
  • Arquetopia is partnered with numerous premier spaces for the production and showcasing of its resident artists’ work.
  • Library
  • Kitchen
  • Printmaking Facilities
  • Ceramics Facilities
  • Woodworking Tools
Number of studios

4

Type and size of studios

Shared Studio

Accomodation
  • Private Room
Working language(s)
  • English
  • Spanish
Other activities happening at the space
  • Workshops
  • Presentation
  • Exhibitions

How to reach

By plane

Puebla is reachable via two international airports in Puebla (PBC) and Mexico City (MEX).

Flights to Mexico City are usually more frequent and less expensive than to Puebla. If flying into Mexico City, there is a cheap (about USD $16) and comfortable charter bus service direct from inside the Mexico City airport to Puebla, a scenic 2-hour ride.

For incoming residents who book an early arrival and stay in Mexico City for a few days, there are inexpensive hotels we can suggest that are conveniently located in walking distance of many important landmarks/attractions and the Metro (subway). Bus transportation to Puebla would not be from the airport but from the TAPO terminal which is closer to the hotels.

In any case, there is no need to purchase a bus ticket ahead of time; you can do so at the terminal when you show up to take the bus to Puebla.

Arquetopia always provides carefully detailed arrival transportation instructions to all incoming residents.

Nearest airport

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