PUEBLA, MEXICO – ARQUETOPIA PUEBLA RESIDENCY SPACE


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Late afternoon in the Zócalo (central square) of Puebla 

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 beaches of Veracruz, and four and a half hours to historic Oaxaca, each easily accessible via cheap and comfortable charter bus from Puebla.

The Wall Street Journal has recently named Puebla as No.2 of the top 10 world destinations in its article, Where to Travel in 2018: from Madagascar to Scotland’s Coolest City. We are proud that Puebla is recognized yet again alongside such beautiful and exciting destinations as Dundee, Montenegro, and Shanghai.

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Central historic district of Puebla and the former Monastery of Tecali

WHAT OUR COMPREHENSIVE RESIDENCY PROGRAMS AT ARQUETOPIA PUEBLA INCLUDE
Our residencies are academically oriented 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 access to large, shared studio with natural light, personal workspace, large tables, wall space, 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 kitchen with organic and local produce, meats, and dairy– 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 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 materials, arrival transportation instructions, and orientation materials to all incoming residents.

Special Studio Facilities at Arquetopia Puebla:
An on-site darkroom is provided for photographers. An on-site printmaking studio and ceramics facility with medium-sized kiln (2ft X 2ft X 2ft interior chamber) are also provided, as well as a unique, on-site laboratory for our Organic Painting and Gold Leafing instructional residency programs.

Typical sights, cuisine, and cultural marvels for which Puebla is known
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ARQUETOPIA PUEBLA RESIDENCY SPACE
A spectacular, four-story 1939 Colonial Mexican California-style heritage compound conveniently located in Pueblas 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.

RESIDENCY PROGRAMS WE OFFER AT ARQUETOPIA PUEBLA (CLICK EACH FOR INFORMATION)
9. PRINTMAKING Residency (self-directed)

 
in Pueblas historic district and was recently featured by Hyperallergic.
 
The current exhibition, TIERRA FÉRTIL,
runs April 12 through May 31, 2019.

 
ARQUETOPIA PUEBLA ARTIST RESIDENCY
OUR PREMIER SPACE IN THE CENTRAL HISTORIC DISTRICT OF PUEBLA
 
Residency compound featuring 4th-floor lounge, printmaking studio, oil painting studios, artist rooms, and viewing decks Arquetopia Puebla

Residency compound as seen from the botanical garden
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Residency dining complex and aviary as seen from the botanical garden
Residency second and third floors, with the second-floor terrace
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Residency first through fourth floors, lounge, printmaking studio, oil painting studios, main art studio, dining hall, and viewing decks
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Residency printmaking studio
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Residency oil painting studio with sliding-glass doors for ventilation and spectacular city views
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Residency oil painting studio with city views, sliding-glass ventilation doors, spectacular city views and viewing deck
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Residency fourth-floor lounge, third-floor residence hall, and view
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Artists-in-Residence Fernando De Ita (Mexico), Sarah Graeme (USA) and Madeline Fischer (USA) in residency studios
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More residency studio views
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On-site ceramics firing room with medium-sized (2ft X 2ft X 2ft interior) gas kiln and upstairs drying room
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Color laboratory, darkroom, and library
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Second-floor sitting terrace; residency kitchen and dining room with glass ceiling, fireplace, and brick oven
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Various residency bedrooms
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Residency restrooms and showers
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Stunning sights from the fourth-floor viewing decks: sunset to the west and the Puebla Cathedral to the northeast
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