Brief description of organisation
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 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.
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
Brief description of residency program
ARTIST RESIDENCIES AT ARQUETOPIA OAXACA
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 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 private bathrooms with modern fixtures and showers. 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 email@example.com 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
- between 1 and 3 months
- between 3 and 6 months
Number of artists resident at one time
between 5 and 10
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
- Shared Room
Other activities happening at the space
How to reach
Oaxaca (OAX), Puebla/Huejotzingo (PBC), and Mexico City (MEX)