Deadline: 08/06/2015

Day of the Dead Artist Residencies 2015 – Arquetopia – Puebla or Oaxaca, Southern Mexico

Create and participate in southern Mexico’s spectacular Day of the Dead celebrations in the extraordinary multicultural kaleidoscopes of Puebla or Oaxaca. This residency is offered at a term of 5 or 6 weeks, starting on September 28 or October 5, 2015.

Apply now through Monday, June 8, 2015.

THE DAY OF THE DEAD
As practiced by the indigenous communities of Mexico, el Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) commemorates the transitory return to Earth of deceased relatives and loved ones. The festivities take place each year at the end of October to the beginning of November. This period also marks the completion of the annual cycle of cultivation of maize, the country’s predominant food crop. Families facilitate the return of the souls to Earth by laying flower petals, candles and offerings along the path leading from the cemetery to their homes. The deceased’s favorite dishes are prepared and placed around the home shrine and the tomb alongside flowers and typical handicrafts, such as paper cut-outs. Great care is taken with all aspects of the preparations, for it is believed that the dead are capable of bringing prosperity (e.g. an abundant maize harvest) or misfortune (e.g. illness, accidents, financial difficulties) upon their families depending on how satisfactorily the rituals are executed. The dead are divided into several categories according to cause of death, age, sex and, in some cases, profession. A specific day of worship, determined by these categories, is designated for each deceased person. This encounter between the living and the dead affirms the role of the individual within society and contributes to reinforcing the political and social status of Mexico’s indigenous communities. --Inscribed in 2008 on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity (originally proclaimed by UNESCO in 2003).

ARQUETOPIA ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAMS

Founded in 2009 in Puebla, Arquetopia is an award-winning, Mexican official nonprofit foundation run entirely by artists. It has since grown to include the premier artist residency program of Mexico and Latin America, with extensive collaborative networks in Puebla and Oaxaca. Our resident artists have come from dozens of countries on six continents, and many have returned multiple times. Our Artist-in-Residence Programs offer competitive professional opportunities for emerging and mid-career, national and international artists, designers, curators, art historians, art educators, writers, journalists, and cultural researchers age 25 and over.

All proposals are welcome. Projects tying into Mexico’s Day of the Dead in the process of creating work with a nontraditional approach on traditional techniques will be given selection 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.

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) • 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 and proposed project. Applicants 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, of Puebla, or of Oaxaca. The connection can be as broad as an artistic technique or as specific as a local theme.
• The creation of community with fellow artists and staff during the residency period is important.

RESIDENCY INCLUSIONS

The residency 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 self-directed residencies, artists bring their own materials and supplies or obtain them locally.

Staff Support:

All Arquetopia residencies include weekly individual meetings with our staff for research assistance, project guidance, and critiques.

Accommodation and Meals:

Puebla: 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.

Oaxaca: Furnished, private bedrooms and use of Arquetopia Oaxaca’s well-equipped residency space including wireless Internet, kitchen, dining room, covered patio and lounge spaces, and private bathrooms with modern fixtures and showers are provided. Meals, open access to the kitchen, and housekeeping are included.

Studio Workspace:

Puebla: Large and bright, shared art studio is provided with personal workspace, large tables, and some tools. For self-directed residencies, artists bring their own materials and supplies or obtain them locally. For instructional residencies, materials and supplies for the courses are included.

Oaxaca: Individual live/work space with natural light is provided with large table or desk. Larger, shared studio also provided with large tables and tools. For self-directed residencies, artists bring their own materials and supplies or obtain them locally. For instructional residencies, materials and supplies for the courses are included.

ARQUETOPIA – PUEBLA MEXICO

New for 2015: A large, spectacular, four-story 1939 Mexican Colonial castle-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 ten artists-in-residence, and numerous production spaces of Arquetopia. Recently and artfully renovated, the residency offers a large, natural-light studio and natural-light art gallery; a classroom; a darkroom; a natural pigments lab; ten furnished bedrooms; an indoor/outdoor dining facility; an open-access kitchen; furnished outdoor terraces; a botanical garden; a research library; and a rooftop lounge.

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 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.

ARQUETOPIA OAXACA – OAXACA, MEXICO

New for 2015: In contributing to more focused environmental consciousness and renewing our commitment to sustainability and nature, we are excited to announce the new Arquetopia Oaxaca. This new space honors Oaxaca’s traditions by incorporating into our residency 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 alpine-style villa hosts up to five artists at a time, with sweeping mountain and city 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 artists who are interested in developing projects with non-toxic techniques and seeking a deeper connection with the community, nature, and the environment. Artists are also encouraged to participate in diverse activities such as fieldtrips, cycling, and hiking as well as helping to maintain our organic orchard.

Our residents will 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.

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. Oaxaca is one of the safest Mexican tourist destinations you could choose.

RESIDENCY TIME PERIOD/TERM OFFERED
Term of 5 or 6 weeks, starting on Monday, September 28 or Monday, October 5, 2015.

RESIDENCY FEE AND TERMS

  • Self-Directed Production Residencies: USD $495 per week Puebla or USD $595 per week Oaxaca.
  • Mexican Textiles or Natural Pigments Instructional Residencies: USD $730 per week (3 weeks).
  • Gold Leafing Instructional Residency: USD $665 per week (3 weeks).
  • Art History, Writers, and Journalism Residencies: USD $529 per week. 

Our Residency Fee payment terms have changed effective April 2015. Overriding the terms stated in all currently advertised open calls, Arquetopia is now offering all selected artists two options:

Option 1: Deposit of 20% of Residency Fee due within 2 weeks of selection.
Balance of Residency Fee due by 60 days prior to residency start date.

Option 2: Deposit of 10% (or USD $200, whichever is greater) of Residency Fee due within 2 weeks of selection.
Balance of Residency Fee due by 90 days prior to residency start date. 

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.

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Day of the Dead Artist Residencies 2015 – Arquetopia – Puebla or Oaxaca, Southern Mexico

Day of the Dead Artist Residencies 2015 – Arquetopia – Puebla or Oaxaca, Southern Mexico

Location
Mexico

Application deadline
08/06/2015

Residency starts
10/2015

Residency ends
09/11/2015

More information
http://www.arquetopia.org