Arquetopia Oaxaca International Artist Residency — Oaxaca, Mexico

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

ARQUETOPIA OAXACA
In contributing to a more focused environmental consciousness and renewing our commitment to sustainability and nature, we honor Oaxaca’s traditions by incorporating into our second residency center a deeper comprehension of how art and the surrounding ecosystem coexist harmonically. Arquetopia’s residency spaces continue to be open for dialogue, exchanges, and encounters while emphasizing our commitment to reducing our carbon footprint, reusing materials, and recycling waste.

Our Mexican-style villa hosts up to four artists at a time, with sweeping mountain views from the artist rooms. In this countryside space, the intersection of art and nature set the tone for reflection, research and production. We welcome writers who are interested in seeking a deeper connection with the community, nature, and the environment. Artists are also encouraged to participate in diverse activities such as field trips, cycling, and hiking.

Our residents enjoy a safe and peaceful environment surrounded by the mountains of San Pablo, a nature reserve of 7,500 acres with rich biodiversity. The residency center is located in the countryside village of San Pablo Etla, only 20 minutes away from the center of the city of Oaxaca on the south side; and to the north, it is only 20 minutes away from the Centro de las Artes San Agustín, an early 20th-century textile mill transformed into a spectacular arts center. Though cheap, everyday public transportation is also available from the residency vicinity into the city, Arquetopia provides scheduled transportation into downtown Oaxaca once per week by van.

OAXACA, SOUTHERN MEXICO
The colonial city of Oaxaca is nestled in a valley in the Sierra Madre mountain range of southern Mexico. Oaxaca is located 450 km (280 mi) southeast of Mexico City and is reachable via three international airports: Oaxaca (OAX), Puebla (PBC), and Mexico City (MEX). With a population of 265,000, Oaxaca boasts magnificent colonial architecture, the most outstanding example being Santo Domingo church and its former convent, now home to an impressive anthropology museum. The 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 district 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 1,555 m (5,100 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 destinations you could choose.

INCLUDED IN ARQUETOPIA OAXACA ARTIST 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, Meals, and Local Transportation:
Furnished, private bedrooms and use of Arquetopia Oaxaca’s well-equipped residency space including wireless Internet, kitchen, dining room, covered patio and lounge space, and shared bathrooms with modern fixtures and showers are provided. Meals, open access to the kitchen, and housekeeping are included. Though everyday public transportation is also available from the residency vicinity into the city, scheduled transportation into downtown Oaxaca once per week by van is provided.
Studio Workspace:
Shared art studio is also provided with bright natural light, large tables, some tools. 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
  • Administrative
  • Film Making
  • Architecture
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Textile Art
  • Literature
  • Graphic Design, Wood, Digital Media, Paper, Natural Pigments, Design, Photography, Mixed Media, Site-Specific Intervention, Writing, Journalism
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

4

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, 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

Other-- Small, countryside village in the mountains. Close to vibrant, scenic, safe historic city of Oaxaca 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.
  • Kitchen
  • Woodworking Tools
Number of studios

1

Type and size of studios

Shared Studio

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

How to reach

By plane

Oaxaca is reachable via three international airports: Oaxaca (OAX), Puebla (PBC), and Mexico City (MEX). Van transportation from downtown Oaxaca to the residency space is provided to incoming residents who arrive during Arquetopia’s normal working hours.

Flights to Mexico City are usually more frequent and less expensive than to Oaxaca. If flying into Mexico City, there is a cheap (about USD $40) and comfortable charter bus service from Mexico City to Oaxaca, a scenic 6.5-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 Oaxaca 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 Oaxaca.

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

Nearest airport

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

Contact information

Arquetopia Oaxaca International Artist Residency — Oaxaca, Mexico
Camino al Seminario 79, 3ra Sección
68258 San Pablo Etla, Oaxaca
Mexico

info@arquetopia.org
http://www.arquetopia.org

Phone: +52 222 594 7728

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