Arquetopia is a self-sustaining, official nonprofit foundation in a developing country and is unfunded by outside entities. As such, and as with most artist residencies around the world, our residents fund their own residencies.
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. The residency programs are 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.
Founded in 2009 in Puebla, Arquetopia is an award-winning, Mexican official nonprofit foundation promoting Development, social transformation and productivity through artistic, cultural, and educational programs.The artist-in-residence programs offers professional opportunities for emerging and mid-career, national and international artists, designers, curators, art historians, art educators, cultural researchers, writers, and journalists age 25 and over. All Arquetopia residencies include weekly individual meetings with the staff for research assistance, project guidance, and critiques.
1. Art, Design, or Photography Residency (self-directed)
2. Art Educators Residency
3. Art History or Cultural Research Residency (self-directed)
4. Ceramics Residency (self-directed)
5. Gold Leafing and Antique Art Techniques Instructional Residency
6. "Inside the Museum" Short-Term Instructional Residencies
7. Journalism Residencies (self-directed)
8. Mexican Textiles Instructional Residency
9. Natural Pigments Instructional Residency
10. Printmaking Residency (self-directed)
11. Writers Residency (self-directed)
Arranged on a case-by-case basis.
A large, four-story 1939 Mexican Colonial castle-style compound 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 renovated, the residency offers large, natural-light studios; a natural-light art gallery; a classroom; a darkroom; 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. Furnished private bedrooms and use of Arquetopia’s residency space including wireless Internet, lounge areas, kitchen, dining room, outdoor terrace, shared bathrooms and showers are provided. Meals, open access to the kitchen and housekeeping are included.
Large and bright, shared art studio with natural light is provided with personal workspace, large tables, and some tools. For instructional residencies, materials and supplies for the courses are included. For self-directed residencies, materials and supplies are not included but are available for purchase locally.
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.
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