Our Residencies – Artist-in-Residence Programs
General Information

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Our customized International Artist-in-Residence Programs offer competitive professional and academic opportunities for emerging, mid-career, and late-career national and international artists, designers, curators, art historians, art educators, academics, writers, journalists, cultural researchers, and graduate students age 20 and over.
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Arquetopia’s unique residency programs are an international reference for sustainability in the arts and a model for many residencies around the world. We are invested in providing generous, eco-friendly, safe spaces, where community is highly valued and all ideological preconceptions, including gender, race, class, and age are constantly being challenged.

Arquetopia is distinguished worldwide for its array of unique residency programs with substantial content anchored in local knowledge, critical academic perspectives; therefore,our residency spaces function exclusively for productive art professionals, writers, historians and researchers, offering customized programs; a network of collaborative workspaces, institutions, and studios; individualized mentoring, and project support by our directorial/curatorial staffThrough the years, Arquetopia Foundation has raised the bar worldwide in the residency field, by putting the value of reciprocity at the forefront of every relationship with the environment, our residents and staff, as well as the diverse communities connected to our programs. The range of contents and artistic techniques offered through our artist residency programs are rooted in local knowledge, the cultures of resistance found in Mexico, Peru and Italy, and the preeminent question of ethics; thus, we provide exceptional life-changing opportunities where artistic practices become a space and time for experimentation and learning. 

Our residency 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. As part of Arquetopias mission is to promote social transformation, understanding Mexico, Peru, or Italy’s context and cultural complexity is key for a successful cultural exchange.

Our residency programs are comprehensive in what they include for the resident artists and writers and are based on a non-exploitative model promoting social consciousness. Residents are strongly encouraged to question all dominant forms of knowledge, including art history and visual culture; and to expand their artistic practices by engaging in critical discussions and exploring local epistemologies as part of their their residency experience. All of our residency programs are process-oriented, and the core of the residency is a critical approach to art making, learning, and research.

Our staff and international board of directors have designed a dynamic curriculum responding to each one of our residency programs and that facilitates a critical dialogue between the resident’s practice and the context encountered. Arquetopia aids this process with individualized mentoring, discussion, critique, and a critical bibliography that are tailored to each artist and writer’s needs. All programs include critical essays written by diverse scholars which serve as an introduction to our mission and the and complexity of Mexico, Peru, or Italy. Since all of our residencies are customized, each resident gets their own set of individualized readings addressing their questions and responding to their artistic practice while presenting different methodological possibilities facilitated by our curatorial staff. In the hopes of extending these critical discussions to other communities, our ultimate goal is for each resident to develop new methodologies, by questioning notions of “history” and “place” and allowing new possibilities within their practice to emerge in time and space.
Residency Programs We Offer & Their Locations
(Click Each for Program Specifics)
1. THE WRITING ON THE WALL: POSTERS, GRAFFITI, PROTEST – ARQUETOPIASUMMER 2022 Triple International Academic Residency Program – Puebla
ARQUETOPIA HONORS ALUMNI Residency Program (by invitation only)

4. ART, DESIGN or PHOTOGRAPHY Residency – Puebla, Cusco, or Naples
5. ART EDUCATORS Residency – Puebla
18. PRINTMAKING Residency – Puebla
WRITERS Residency – Oaxaca, Cusco, or Naples

Examples of Techniques Supported
(But Not Limited to These)

 Painting Organic painting  Natural pigments
(cochineal, indigo & other pigments) Printmaking  ElectroetchingCNC etching • Natural ink silkscreen • Papermaking Collage  Graphic design  Mexican textiles (weaving, embroidery & tapestry)  Peruvian textiles (weaving) • Sculpture Ceramics Mexican ceramics (Talavera, majolica & loza vidriada) • Pre-Columbian ceramics  Gold leafing Wood carving Performance  Ephemeral (including food & other perishable materials) • Photography (analog, digital & alternative processes)  Film & digital media DesignIllustration Environmental art MuralsSite-specific intervention

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Our Four Residency Spaces & Their Locations

PUEBLA, MEXICO Our spectacular 1930s artist compound in the majestic central historic district
OAXACA, MEXICO Our Mexican-style villa and traditional studio in the open countryside
CUSCO, PERU Our Peruvian-style villa and traditional studio close to Machu Picchu, in the Sacred Valley of the Peruvian Andes
4. NAPLES, ITALY Our villa and studio in the Naples region of Italy's famous Amalfi Coast

What Our Residency Programs Include

Our residencies are mentored, professional programs with academic content customized to each artist-in-residence. Our programs include mentoring by our directorial and curatorial staff for personalized research assistance and resources, project guidance, and critique; 24-hour studio access with personal workspace and some tools; wireless Internet; furnished, private bedroom accommodation and use of indoor and outdoor shared/common spaces; home-cooked meals, locally grown coffee, and stocked kitchens –with organic and local produce, meats, and dairy– for 24-hour resident access; shared, serviced bathrooms with modern fixtures and showers; utilities and housekeeping. For the instructional residencies we offer, the instruction our residents receive from the Mexican and Andean master artists we contract is funded directly from the residency tuition, and materials and supplies for these instructional courses are included. For our non-instructional residencies, artists bring their own materials and supplies or obtain them locally. Arquetopia provides carefully detailed trip preparation and arrival transportation instructions and orientation materials to all incoming residents. At Arquetopia Oaxaca and Arquetopia Peru, our staff provides pickup and dropoff transportation on the scheduled start and end date of the residency.

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Residency 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.

• Our pool of applicants and residents is diverse in all aspects.
• Our residency programs are competitive opportunities for artists, writers, and researchers to pursue their own work, free of pressure (especially work that in their particular circumstances would normally be difficult to produce).
• The creation of community with fellow artists and staff during the residency period is important.

Funding & Residency Program Tuition

Arquetopia is a self-sustaining, official nonprofit organization of artist-run spaces in two developing countries and receives zero external funding from public, governmental, corporate, or other interests. As with approximately 90% of residency programs around the world, our resident artists and writers cover the operating costs of their own residency programs and travel themselves or through third-party funding.
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Some of our residents apply for third-party funding from their local arts organizations and governments. Many of our residents have also raised their funds (most often exceeding their goals) via crowdfunding programs such as GoFundMe, Pozible, Kickstarter, and Indiegogo.

Our Resident Artists & Writers
Experiences & Testimonials

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for candid interviews with past Arquetopia resident artists and writers, a spotlight on outstanding Arquetopia alumni, many of whom have returned to participate in residencies at Arquetopia multiple times

Residency Open Calls & Deadlines

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In the News

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Updated November 2021

The End of the Grand Tour?
Virtual Symposium on Artist Residencies: Future, Place and State
June 3 to July 27, 2020
Click here to view the videos and presentations from all sessions

Hello World
is an international project to which artists throughout the

world have submitted art works to share with all of us. We hope you enjoy
this gesture of goodwill and solidarity from our colleagues around the globe,
starting with this link to Arquetopia’s video.

Francisco Guevara, Co-Founder and Co-Director of Arquetopia,
was recently interviewed on the Latinos Who Lunch podcast.
Listen to the full interview here.

Our Arquetopia Virtual Residency 2020 series discussions
are now available to view on YouTube.

We are excited to announce the
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