For All Sessions in 2019
And Remaining Spaces in Fall 2018
Apply Now through Sunday, November 25, 2018
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Sessions starting October 1, October 22, & November 12
All Programs at Arquetopia Oaxaca
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Spaces are limited. All applications are evaluated for selection
when they are received versus after the deadline has passed.

Our customized International Artist-in-Residence Programs offer competitive professional and academic opportunities for emerging and mid-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 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 offer customized, informative programs; a network of collaborative workspaces, institutions, and studios; and individualized project support.
We are excited to announce the
Arquetopia International Mentorship Program.

Arquetopia was recently featured by Hyperallergic.
DECENTERED Gallery Arquetopia was also recently featured by Hyperallergic.

Our unique 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 Arquetopias mission is to promote social transformation, understanding Mexico or Perus context and cultural complexity, is key for a successful cultural exchange. We welcome art professionals and students from diverse backgrounds and disciplines who are interested in creating work inspired by art, elements, techniques or processes that are specific to Mexico and/or Peru.

Our residency programs are process-oriented, and the core of the residency is a critical approach to artmaking, learning, and research. Our staff and international 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 or Peru’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.
Artist-in-Residence Ameet Gill (India/Canada)
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Drawing • Painting • Natural pigments (cochineal, indigo, and other pigments) • Printmaking • Graphic design • Mexican textiles (weaving, embroidery, tapestry)  Peruvian textiles (weaving) • SculptureCeramics Mexican ceramics (Talavera, loza vidriada) • Gold leafingWood carvingPerformance • Ephemeral (including food and other perishable materials) • Photography: digital photography and alternative photographic processesDigital mediaDesign and illustration

• 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).
• Selection priority is given to projects that explore a responsible connection between the applicant’s artistic practice and the cultural context of Mexico or of Peru. 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.

16. SHOWCASE ART EXHIBITION Residency (self-directed)
17. WRITERS Residency (self-directed)

1. ARQUETOPIA PUEBLA, MEXICO Our spectacular 1939 artist compound in the majestic central historic district
ARQUETOPIA OAXACA, MEXICO Our Mexican-style villa and traditional studio in the open countryside
ARQUETOPIA CUSCO, PERU Our Peruvian-style villa and traditional studio close to Machu Picchu, in the Sacred Valley of the Peruvian Andes
Our residencies are comprehensive and academic professional programs that are customized to each artist-in-residence. Our programs include weekly meetings with our directorial and curatorial staff for individualized research assistance and resources, project guidance, and critique; 24-hour studio access with personal workspace and some tools; wireless Internet; furnished, private accommodation and use of shared indoor and outdoor common spaces; home-cooked meals, locally grown coffee, and stocked kitchens for 24-hour resident access; shared 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 fee, and materials and supplies for these instructional courses are included. For our self-directed 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 Cusco, our staff provides pickup and dropoff transportation on the scheduled start and end date of the residency.
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 most residency programs around the world, our residents fund the operating costs of their own programs and travel. E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information regarding the fees for our customized programs.
Click here for the page on our blog that lists granting entities in many states and countries worldwide. Many of our residents have also raised their funds (often exceeding their goals) via crowdfunding programs such as Pozible, Kickstarter, GoFundMe, and Indiegogo.
Click here for our current residency open calls and deadlines.
Artists-in-Residence and Arquetopia Synergy Award 2015 Recipients,
Brent Erickson (USA), Sheetul Goorah (Mauritius), Marina Yerali (Cyprus), Ellen Bepp (USA), and Bronwyn Treacy (Australia)

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