English, Spanish
2 to 24 weeks depending on program
Paid by artist 

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, the residents fund their own residencies. The residency fee covers the costs of accommodation in our facilities including meals, utilities and housekeeping, weekly meetings with guidance and assistance from the staff, studio space, and some tools. For the special instructional residencies, all materials for the courses are included. For self-directed residencies, artists bring their own materials and supplies or obtain them locally.

Application 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.

The pool of applicants and residents is diverse in all aspects. The 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.



Arquetopia Oaxaca

Arquetopia Oaxaca


Arquetopia Oaxaca is the second residency space of Arquetopia, an award-winning, Mexican official nonprofit foundation for visual arts and music founded in 2009 in Puebla. 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)

In this countryside space, the intersection of art and nature set the tone for reflection, research and production. Artists are welcomed to develop 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 the organic orchard.


Arranged on a case-by-case basis.

Accommodation Information 

Furnished, private bedrooms, wireless Internet, kitchen, dining room, covered patio and lounge space, and private bathrooms and showers are provided. Meals, open access to the kitchen, and housekeeping are included.
The accomodation honors Oaxaca’s traditions by incorporating into the 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 the commitment to reducing the carbon footprint, reusing materials, and recycling waste. The alpine-style villa hosts up to five artists at a time.

Studio Information 

Individual live/work space with natural light is provided with large table or desk. Larger, shared studio also provided with personal workspace and some tools. For instructional residencies, materials and supplies for the instructional course are included. For self-directed residencies, materials and supplies are not included but are available for purchase locally.

Technical Information 

Examples of some of the techniques available at Arquetopia Oaxaca: Drawing • Painting • Natural pigments (grana cochinilla and other pigments) • Paper (papel amate) • Printmaking • Graphic design • Mexican textiles (telar de cintura, embroidery, backstrap weaving) • Jewelry • Sculpture • Mexican ceramics (Talavera, loza vidriada) • Gold leaf and other Mexican colonial art techniques • Wood carving • Alebrijes • Ephemeral (including food and other perishable materials) • Photography: digital photography and alternative photographic processes • Digital media • Design


A safe and peaceful environment surrounded by a nature reserve of 7,500 acres with rich biodiversity, the residency 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 only 20 minutes away from the Centro de las Artes San Agustín, an early 20th-century textile mill transformed into an arts center.

The colonial city of Oaxaca is in a valley in the Sierra Madre mountain range of southern Mexico. Located 450 km (280 miles) southeast of Mexico City, Oaxaca is reachable via three international airports: Oaxaca (OAX), Puebla (PBC), and Mexico City (MEX).

Calle Morelos 105
Col. Santa Cruz
San Pablo Etla OAX 68258
+52 222 594 77 28

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