Arquetopia Oaxaca

General information

Brief description of organisation

ARQUETOPIA OAXACA
Arquetopia Oaxaca is the newest residency space of Arquetopia, an award-winning, Mexican official nonprofit foundation for visual arts and music founded in 2009 and 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 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.

OAXACA, SOUTHERN MEXICO
Arquetopia Oaxaca is located right in the heart of Oaxaca’s Historic Monuments Zone. Only two blocks from the popular Calle de Alcalá (a picturesque street known for its restaurants, museums, shops, and nightlife), our spectacular and newly renovated adobe casona, hosting up to ten artists at a time, is also two blocks from the extraordinary Santo Domingo church and museum.

The beautiful colonial city of Oaxaca is nestled in a valley in the Sierra Madre mountain range of Southern Mexico. Oaxaca is located 450 km (280 miles) southeast of Mexico City and reachable via three international airports: Oaxaca (OAX), Puebla (PBC), and Mexico City (MEX). Oaxaca boasts magnificent colonial architecture, the most outstanding example being Santo Domingo church and its former convent, now home to an impressive museum. The unusually colorful city and its surrounding areas also feature a high concentration of native Zapotec and Mixtec cultures and archaeological sites. Oaxaca was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987 for its central Historic Monuments Zone and the archaeological site of Monte Alban. Getting around Oaxaca is easy and enjoyable; museums, studios, libraries and landmarks are all in walking distance. At an elevation of 1555 m (5100 ft), Oaxaca features a subtropical climate, resulting in mild-to-warm temperatures year-round.

Rich in history and culture, Oaxaca is a fascinating destination where you can appreciate ancient civilizations, colonial art and architecture and vibrant cultural traditions. Oaxaca is one of the safest Mexican tourist destinations you could choose.

Organisation founded in

2009

Brief description of residency program

ARTIST RESIDENCIES AT ARQUETOPIA OAXACA
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 OAXACA ARTIST RESIDENCIES
COMFORTABLE ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS:
Residents enjoy spacious, comfortably furnished bedrooms (rooms feature main level or loft accommodation) with full-size beds and use of Arquetopia Oaxaca’s well-equipped residency space including wireless Internet, kitchen, dining area, covered outdoor patio and terrace space, and shared bathrooms with modern fixtures and showers. 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
  • between 1 and 3 months
  • between 3 and 6 months
Number of artists resident at one time

between 5 and 10

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

How to reach

Nearest airport

Oaxaca (OAX), Puebla/Huejotzingo (PBC), and Mexico City (MEX)