PUEBLA, MEXICO AND THE ARQUETOPIA PUEBLA ARTIST RESIDENCY SPACE
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
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, outdoor terraces, and shared bathrooms with modern fixtures and showers are provided. Meals, 24-hour open access to stocked kitchen and dining room, and housekeeping are included.
Twenty-four-hour access to large and bright, shared art studio with natural light is provided with personal workspace, large tables, wall space, and some tools. An on-site darkroom is provided for photographers. NEW as of January 2017: Our on-site printmaking studio and ceramics facility with medium-sized kiln (2ft X 2ft X 2ft interior chamber). 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.
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, sleeping living, and workspace 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; an oil painting studio; a darkroom; a printmaking studio; a ceramics firing room with a medium-sized gas kiln (2ft X 2ft X 2ft interior chamber); a natural pigments laboratory; a research library; ten furnished bedrooms; a stocked, 24-hour open-access kitchen and large dining room; furnished outdoor terraces and viewing decks; and a rooftop lounge with panoramic views of the city.
ARQUETOPIA ARTIST RESIDENCY
OUR NEW SPACE IN THE CENTRAL HISTORIC DISTRICT OF PUEBLA
Residency compound as seen from the botanical garden
Residency dining complex and aviary as seen from the botanical garden
Residency third and fourth floors, lounge, new printmaking studio, new oil painting studio, main art studio, and viewing decks
Residency main art studio
Natural pigments laboratory and darkroom
Second-floor sitting terrace; residency kitchen and dining room with glass ceiling, fireplace, and brick oven
Various residency bedrooms
Residency restrooms and showers
Stunning sights from the fourth-floor viewing decks: sunset to the west and the Puebla Cathedral to the northeast
RESIDENCY PROGRAMS WE OFFER AT ARQUETOPIA PUEBLA (CLICK EACH FOR INFORMATION)
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