Deadline: 11/02/2018

Peruvian Arts Instructional Residencies: Painting or Sculpture. All Sessions in 2018. Arquetopia Cusco, Peru

With master instruction, learn historic Peruvian art techniques: either Painting or Sculpture.

With master instruction, learn historic Peruvian art techniques, either Painting or Sculpture, in the Sacred Valley of the Incas of Cusco, Peru. Extendable 3-week sessions during 2018.

APPLY NOW: Fee reduction possible. Spaces are limited. Our selection committee evaluates all residency applications when they are received vs. after the deadline has passed.

The Peruvian territory has been home to some of the oldest civilizations in the world, including the Inca Empire who culturally influenced the South American continent. With the violent invasion of Europeans in the 16th century, the whole region was thrown into unprecedented turmoil. From the first encounters between the peoples of the Andes and European conquerors, artifacts were exchanged and treasures were looted, and such massive event in history produced new objects, images, and challenged every definition in art.

The Spanish colonization of the Americas, and especially the efforts to convert the native populations to Catholicism set in motion complex historical dynamics involving contestations and negotiations of power. As a result of the encounters, a very rich material culture developed in the Andean region, completely transforming the course of art not only in the Americas but also in Europe and Asia. Near the Urubamba Valley, the ancient city of Cusco and former capital of the Inca Empire became a prominent artistic center, and although it was imagined as the first in the Americas systematically teaching European techniques, it quickly developed it’s own artistic language by drawing from the pre-Columbian past to position itself within the Spanish notions of power and nobility.

The Peruvian Arts Instructional Residencies acknowledge the rich heritage and complex history of the artistic traditions of Peru. From a wide variety of art techniques and splendid iconography, such as the remarkable use of gold leaf designs on painting in the brocateado (meaning "brocade," a style used to show luxurious cloth garments), and the use of local artistic traditions and the principles of polychrome sculpture, this residency offers two different programs each one with a specific focus in painting or sculpture. These programs offer a more nuanced perspective and comprehensive content, connecting a wide variety of contemporary art practices with Peru’s, and especially Cusco’s, vast artistic heritage.

Each program is offered at a term of 3 weeks and includes a 27-hour course of the chosen focus. Courses are taught by a Peruvian master artist/art restorer. Instruction is in Spanish.

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 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 Peru.

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 elsewhere, 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.


  • 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 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.

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 Artist-in-Residence Programs are the largest and most reputable in Mexico and 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 Peru’s complexity in context and incorporating nuances in narratives and interpretation especially of its 3,000-year heritage of visual culture. Since its founding, Arquetopia has raised the bar in the residency field, becoming a reference to every residency program in Mexico and Latin America and influencing most of them in approaching artmaking with more rigorous practices, critical perspectives, and high standards.

ARQUETOPIA CUSCOOur new residency space is environmentally conscious, continuing our commitment to sustainability and nature. Like our other two residency spaces, Arquetopia Cusco incorporates a deeper comprehension of how art and the surrounding ecosystems, as well as the complex cultural heritage, is rooted in the sense of community. 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 Peruvian-style villa hosts up to four artists at a time, with sweeping mountain and views of the town from the artist rooms. In this countryside space, the intersection of art, history, culture, and nature set the tone for reflection, research and production. Conveniently located between Cusco and Urubamba, the space is very close to our local artists/instructors and partnered institutions. We welcome artists who are interested in developing projects with non-toxic techniques and seeking a deeper connection with the community, the historical context, and the environment. Artists are also encouraged to participate in diverse activities such as field trips, cycling, and hiking as well as helping to maintain our organic garden.

Our residents enjoy a safe and peaceful environment, as well as the mild weather that the Sacred Valley of the Incas provides, with the stunning views of the surrounding mountains. The residency center is conveniently located in the countryside village of Huaran-Sillacancha, outside of the touristy areas, and only 50 minutes away from the center of the city of Cusco on the south side. To the north, it is only 20 minutes away from the city of Urubamba, and 30 minutes away from the Ollantaytambo train station that serves the renowned archeological site of Machu Picchu. Cheap, everyday public transportation is also available from the residency vicinity in different directions and to various destinations.

The city of Cusco is accessible via two international airports in Cusco (CUZ) and Lima (LIM). Cusco was classified in 1972 as Cultural Heritage of the Peruvian Nation and declared UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. Located in the heart of the Central Peruvian Andes of South America at 3,400 m (11,155 ft) above sea level, the Cusco region extends into a fertile alluvial valley of approximately 20 km (12 mi), called the Sacred Valley of the Incas, an incomparable scenic and historical major destination. The City of Cusco was remodeled and redesigned in the 15th century after a pre-Inca occupation process of over 3,000 years, under the Tawantinsuyu Inca Empire. After the conquest of the Spaniards in the 16th century when the city was destroyed, the basic structure of buildings were used to construct Baroque churches and palaces over the ruins of the Inca city, such as the Temple of the Sun (Qoricancha), the Aqllahuasi, the Sunturcancha, the Kusicancha and a series of very finely finished buildings that shaped the Inca compounds. As a result a local baroque style was developed creating a unique and high quality mixed configuration of architecture and art representing the initial juxtaposition and fusion of different periods and cultures, as well as the city’s historic continuity.

A New York Times article in 2017 named Cusco as “Breathtaking (in More Ways than One).” Cusco is included in the World’s Best Cities in 2016 list by Travel+Leisure.


Technique Instruction:

  • 27 hours master instruction (9 hours per week)

Staff Support:

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

Accommodation and Meals:

  • Furnished, private bedroom
  • Meals and 24-hour access to stocked kitchen and dining room
  • Wireless Internet
  • Shared bathrooms with modern fixtures and showers
  • Housekeeping

Studio Workspace:

  • 24-hour access to large, shared studio with generous natural light
  • Personal workspace with large table
  • Some tools provided
  • For self-directed residencies, artists bring their own materials and supplies or obtain them locally

Term Length: 3 weeks during 2018, with option to extend for 1 to 9 more weeks as a self-directed Art Production Residency. Applicants nominate their own range of dates.

Fee: USD $835 per week. Optional Art Production Residency extension USD $695 per week.

Payment Deadlines: Deposit of 20% of Residency Fee due within 1 week of selection. Balance due by 90 days prior to residency start date. Fee reduction possible; e-mail us.

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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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Peruvian Arts Instructional Residencies: Painting or Sculpture. All Sessions in 2018. Arquetopia Cusco, Peru

Peruvian Arts Instructional Residencies: Painting or Sculpture. All Sessions in 2018. Arquetopia Cusco, Peru


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