Gold Leafing & Estofado Instructional Residency. All Sessions Summer & Fall 2018. Arquetopia. Cusco, Peru

With master instruction, learn Gold Leafing (Gilding) and Estofado techniques in the Sacred Valley of the Incas of Cusco, Peru. Extendable 3-week sessions during Summer or Fall 2018.

APPLY NOW: Fee reduction options. Spaces are limited. All residency applications are evaluated for selection when they are received vs. after the deadline has passed.

https://www.arquetopia.org/gold-leafing-residency 

GOLD LEAFING (GILDING) & ESTOFADO INSTRUCTIONAL RESIDENCY
The Viceroyalty of the New Spain was the result of the amalgamation of Mesoamerican and European civilizations creating a complex system of cultural overlapping. New visual languages incorporated vast artistic traditions with unique iconography and art techniques producing new objects, and images, that completely transformed the course of Western Art.

Gold leafing and estofado are two of the expressions of the fusion of European and American styles present in many of the world heritage monuments of Latin America.

Associated with power and divinity, gold leafing has an important place in the history of art and art making. For its glowing characteristics, permanence, flexibility, and light reflection qualities it has been a resource for artists with diverse artistic practices. Estofado has been used extensively to create different qualities of subtle textures, and intricate iconographic patterns; it serves a complimentary decorative technique in which one layer of paint is scratched through to reveal brilliant burnished gold underneath.

This is a unique production residency that includes 3 weeks of master instruction(classes 9 hours per week) by a prominent Peruvian art restorer in several diverse antique techniques using mediums and supports traditionally used in pre-Columbian and baroque art. Artists can apply the technique of gold and silver leafing, learn the use of diverse stuccos and traditional primers (cactus and lime, rabbit glue, gelatin) and its use on different supports (paper, wood, clay), and experimenting with different finishes with natural pigment patinas and egg tempera paint. A combination of some of the chosen techniques is offered as a 3-week program. Materials for the course are included.

OUR ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAMS
Our customized International 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 substantial content. 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.

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.

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 CUSCO
Our Cusco residency space is environmentally conscious, continuing our commitment to sustainability and nature, and conveniently located in the town of Urubamba in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Surrounded by rugged beautiful mountains, Urubamba sits next to the Urubamba river and historically has been a transportation hub. Near the Maras Salt Mines dating back from the Inca times, Urubamba architecture dates back to the 16th century and was declared Province in 1825.

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, are 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 Chalet-style residency hosts up to four resident artists and writers at a time, with sweeping mountain views of the Chicon glacier and views of the little town, including local flora and fauna from the artist rooms. Conveniently located in Urubamba, very close to our local artists/instructors and partnered institutions, the space accommodates the sleeping, living, and workspace for up to four artists-in-residence. In this countryside space, the intersection of art, history, culture, and nature set the tone for reflection, research and production. We welcome artists and writers 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. 

Our residents enjoy a safe and peaceful environment, as well as the mild weather that the Sacred Valley of the Incas provides. The residency center is conveniently located in the countryside village of Urubamba, outside of the touristy areas, and only 50 minutes away from the center of the city of Cusco and 15 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.

CUSCO, PERU
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 was 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.

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.

WHAT THIS RESIDENCY INCLUDES

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 natural light
  •        Personal workspace with large table
  •        Some tools provided
  •        Materials and supplies for the instructional course provided
  •        Materials and supplies for additional project production not included but available for purchase locally

RESIDENCY FEE, DATES, AND TERMS
Session Length: 3 weeks during Summer or Fall 2018, with option to extend for 1 to 9 more weeks as a self-directed Art Production Residency. Applicants may nominate their own range of dates.

Fee: USD $749 per week (USD $2247 for the 3 weeks). Optional Art Production Residency extension USD $595 per week. Deposit of 25% of Residency Fee due within 1 week of selection. Balance due by 90 days prior to residency start date. Fee reduction options; e-mail us.

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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Basic Info
Deadline Type: 
Fixed
Deadline or Post Expiration: 
Sunday, August 19, 2018
Contact Information
Contact Name: 
Chris Davis, Co-Executive Director
Contact Email: 
Contact Phone Number: 
+52 222 594 7778
Contact Address: 
Jirón Pisagua 103
Centro
Urubamba, Cusco  08661
Peru