Arquetopia Foundation and International Artist Residency

ARQUETOPIA FOUNDATION

Arquetopia Foundation is an internationally established, non-profit 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 Mexico’s complexity in context and incorporating nuances in narratives and interpretation of Mexico's 3,000-year heritage of visual culture. Since its foundation, Arquetopia has raised the bar in the residency field, becoming a reference to every residency program in Mexico and influencing most of them in approaching artmaking with more rigorous practices, critical perspectives, and high standards.
 
Arquetopia was officially established and registered as a non-profit foundation in 2009, with a solid Board of Directors comprised of renowned scholars, artists, entrepreneurs, and community members fully committed to social transformation. We are proud to have established through our multiple residency programs a generous and culturally diverse space by hosting every year artists, scholars, and researchers from the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. Our experience has been enriched by the multiplicity of perspectives of our residents coming from many regions around the world and approximately 50 countries.
 
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.
 
Arquetopia is run entirely by artists and is not funded by government, corporate, or other outside interests. Operating independently on funds from its self-sustaining programs, Arquetopia remains strictly unaffiliated with any political, religious, or war-industrial/weapon-building entities.

PUEBLA, SOUTHERN MEXICO - ARQUETOPIA PUEBLA ARTIST RESIDENCY SPACE

New as of 2015: A spectacular, four-story 1939 Colonial Mexican California-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 12 artists-in-residence, and numerous production spaces of Arquetopia. Recently renovated and expanded, the residency offers a large, natural-light studio/gallery; an equipped darkroom; a natural pigments laboratory; a research library; ten furnished bedrooms; a large dining room; an open-access kitchen; furnished outdoor terraces and viewing decks; a small botanical garden; and a rooftop lounge with panoramic views of the city.

 

Accessible via two international airports in Puebla (PBC) and Mexico City (MEX), Puebla is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that lies 136 km (84 mi) from Mexico City and has approximately 5,000 colonial buildings. With a population of 2.7 million, 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, Arab, Jewish, French, and Spanish influences. 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 2,200 m (7,200 ft), Puebla features a temperate subtropical highland climate, resulting in an average of only three days per year seeing temperatures above 29°C (84°F).
 
Puebla is also ideally located close to several other important cities: only two hours to spectacular Mexico City, three hours to the sunny beaches of Veracruz, and four and a half hours to historic Oaxaca, each easily accessible via cheap and comfortable charter bus from Puebla.
 
Lonely Planet, the world's largest travel guidebook and digital media publisher, announced that Puebla made its Readers' Choice Top 10 "Best in Travel" list for 2012. After hundreds of nominations for cities, countries and regions, we are proud that Puebla was voted by experienced travelers to the Top 10 alongside such destinations as Barcelona, Reykjavik, Berlin, Istanbul and Bangkok.
 
 
ARQUETOPIA PUEBLA RESIDENCY INCLUSIONS
Staff Support:

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

Accommodation and Meals:
Furnished, private bedrooms and use of Arquetopia’s residency space including wireless Internet, lounge areas, kitchen, dining room, outdoor terraces, and shared bathrooms with modern fixtures and showers are provided. Meals, open access to the kitchen, and housekeeping are included.
Studio Workspace:
Large and bright, shared art studio with natural light is provided with personal workspace, large tables, wall space, and some tools. An equipped on-site darkroom is provided for photographers. For instructional residencies, materials and supplies for the instructional course are included. For self-directed residencies, materials and supplies are brought by the artist or are available for purchase locally.
New as of 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.
 
 
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 field trips, cycling, and hiking as well as helping to maintain our organic garden.
 

Our residents 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 30 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. Though cheap, everyday public transportation is also available from the residency vicinity into the city, Arquetopia provides scheduled transportation into downtown Oaxaca twice per week by van.The colonial city of Oaxaca is reachable via three international airports: Oaxaca (OAX), Puebla (PBC), and Mexico City (MEX). Nestled in a valley in the Sierra Madre mountain range of southern Mexico, Oaxaca is located 450 km (280 mi) southeast of Mexico City. With a population of 265,000, Oaxaca boasts magnificent colonial architecture, the most outstanding example being Santo Domingo church and its former convent, now home to an impressive anthropology museum. The 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 district 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 1,555 m (5,100 ft), Oaxaca features a subtropical climate, resulting in mild-to-warm temperatures year-round.Rich in history and culture, Oaxaca is a fascinating destination where you can appreciate ancient civilizations, colonial art and architecture, and vibrant cultural traditions. Oaxaca is one of the safest Mexican tourist destinations you could choose.

 
ARQUETOPIA OAXACA RESIDENCY INCLUSIONS
Staff Support:
All Arquetopia residencies include weekly individual meetings with our staff for research assistance, project guidance, and critiques.
Accommodation, Meals, and Transportation:
Furnished, private bedrooms and use of Arquetopia Oaxaca’s well-equipped residency space including wireless Internet, kitchen, dining room, covered patio and lounge space, and private bathrooms with modern fixtures and showers are provided. Meals, open access to the kitchen, and housekeeping are included. Though cheap, everyday public transportation is also available from the residency vicinity into the city, Arquetopia provides scheduled transportation into downtown Oaxaca twice per week by van.
Studio Workspace:
Individual live/work space with natural light is provided with table or desk. Larger, shared studio is also provided with large tables and some tools. For instructional residencies, materials and supplies for the instructional course are included. For self-directed residencies, materials and supplies are brought by the artist or are available for purchase locally.

ARTIST RESIDENCIES AT ARQUETOPIA

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, cultural researchers, and graduate students age 25 and over.

Our residency programs are process-oriented, and the core of the residency is a critical approach to artmaking, learning, and research. Our staff and board of directors have designed a curriculum for the residency programs that facilitates a critical dialogue between the artist’s practice and the context encountered. In order to challenge stereotypes and preconceived notions of Latin America, all programs include an introduction to the complexity of Mexican identities with a focus in the artists’ project scope and artistic goals.
 
Artists-in-residence are introduced to a better understanding of Mexico’s Mesoamerican and colonial past, its modern present, and while producing, they learn to challenge contemporary art and what are considered traditional art practices; therefore, Arquetopia aids this process with a series of weekly individual meetings, discussion, critiques, and a critical bibliography that are tailored to each artist’s needs. The ultimate goal is for artists to learn new methods and techniques while questioning their own practice in the hopes of extending the critical discussion to other communities.
 
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 • Wood carving • Performance • Ephemeral (including food and other perishable materials) • Photography: digital photography and alternative photographic processes • Digital media • Design and illustration

 

Arquetopia on the Web: www.arquetopia.org
Arquetopia Blog: www.arquetopia.com
Arquetopia on Facebook: www.facebook.com/Arquetopia
Arquetopia Oaxaca on Facebook: www.facebook.com/ArquetopiaOaxaca

Contact Email: 
Address: 
Avenida 15 Poniente 715
Centro Histórico
Puebla, PUE, MEXICO  --  72000
United States

Organization Postings

Title Type Postedsort ascending
ArquetopiaSUMMER 2018 Special 3-in-1 International Summer Academic Program. June/July 2018. Arquetopia. Puebla, Mexico Call for Artists Nov 17, 2017
Showcase Art Exhibition Residency. Spring & Summer Sessions 2018. Arquetopia. Puebla, Mexico Call for Artists Nov 17, 2017
Showcase Art Exhibition Residency. Spring & Summer Sessions 2018. Arquetopia. Puebla, Mexico Call for Artists Nov 17, 2017
Art Educators Residency. Spring & Summer Sessions 2018. Arquetopia. Puebla, Mexico Call for Artists Nov 10, 2017
Art History or Cultural Research Residency. Spring & Summer Sessions 2018. Arquetopia. Puebla, Mexico Call for Artists Nov 10, 2017
Mexican Ceramics Artist Residency. Spring & Summer Sessions 2018. Arquetopia. Puebla, Mexico Call for Artists Nov 10, 2017
Gold Leafing and Estofado Instructional Artist Residency. Spring & Summer Sessions 2018. Arquetopia. Puebla, Mexico Call for Artists Nov 10, 2017
Organic Painting Instructional Artist Residency. Spring & Summer Sessions 2018. Arquetopia. Puebla, Mexico Call for Artists Nov 10, 2017
Printmaking Artist Residency. Spring & Summer Sessions 2018. Arquetopia. Puebla, Mexico Call for Artists Nov 10, 2017
Self-Directed Artist Residencies: Art, Design, or Photography. Spring & Summer Sessions 2018. Arquetopia. Puebla, Mexico Call for Artists Nov 10, 2017
Art Educators Residency. Spring & Summer Sessions 2018. Arquetopia. Puebla, Mexico Call for Artists Oct 17, 2017
Art History or Cultural Research Residency. Spring & Summer Sessions 2018. Arquetopia. Puebla, Mexico Call for Artists Oct 17, 2017
Mexican Ceramics Artist Residency. Spring & Summer Sessions 2018. Arquetopia. Puebla, Mexico Call for Artists Oct 17, 2017
Gold Leafing and Estofado Instructional Artist Residency. Spring & Summer Sessions 2018. Arquetopia. Puebla, Mexico Call for Artists Oct 17, 2017
Organic Painting Instructional Artist Residency. Spring & Summer Sessions 2018. Arquetopia. Puebla, Mexico Call for Artists Oct 17, 2017
Printmaking Artist Residency. Spring & Summer Sessions 2018. Arquetopia. Puebla, Mexico Call for Artists Oct 17, 2017
Self-Directed Artist Residencies: Art, Design, or Photography. Spring & Summer Sessions 2018. Arquetopia. Puebla, Mexico Call for Artists Oct 17, 2017