Residency Application

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We welcome applications from emerging and mid-career artists, designers, photographers, curators, art historians, writers, and researchers age 20 and over. Before submitting your application, please e-mail us at

Applications are juried by a rotating, international (Mexico/USA) committee of seven professional artists, curators, collectors, and authors, some of whom serve on our Board and others who serve anonymously.

What to Expect during the Application Process

1. Application. For the first phase, you will submit a secure application on this page of our website, where you will be able to provide information regarding your background and experience, while also providing all the necessary information in terms of your practice, expertise, and project. You will also send additional supporting materials (CV or short summary of your life experience, and five work samples) via e-mail, and cover the USD $35 tax-deductible donation to our youth music scholarship fund via the Donate Now button on the right side of this page, to activate your application (we do not charge an application fee). All information received is treated with confidentiality according to the “Ley Federal De Protección De Datos Personales En Posesión De Los Particulares” of Mexico.

2. Secondary Questionnaire. Once your completed application and supporting materials are received, they will be reviewed by our directors and staff, and for the second phase, you will be asked to fill out a short questionnaire. This secondary questionnaire should not be confused with the original application. Although it might seem similar, it will be reviewed anonymously by the international selection jury, without your identity or any of your personal information provided to the panel, to ensure an unbiased review process.

3. Video call. For the third phase, we will schedule a video call where any remaining questions will be answered, and you will be provided with additional information about Arquetopia’s programs and spaces as well as the specific program that you are applying for. We will provide you with a unique and secure link for this video call. Residency dates will be mutually decided during this call.

4. Jury Review. After completing all three phases, your application materials will be finalized and submitted to the international selection jury for final review. Within the next 2 to 3 days, we will contact you directly to communicate the jury’s final decision via e-mail.

5. Duration of the Process. The whole application process usually takes an average of 10 days to 2 weeks from application submission to jury decision notification.

Application Instructions

To apply, please complete all 3 steps indicated below (in English or en Español):

#1. Send a short, introductory e-mail to containing all of the following:
    A. Your current CV, or short summary of your life experience.
    B. Artists, photographers, and designers: attach five (5) sample images of your works (JPEG, PNG, or PDF format, 72 dpi, maximum 2 MB each file) and a brief statement attesting that all works are of your own original creation. Curators, art historians, writers, and researchers: attach five (5) sample texts of your works (3 pages each excerpt) and a brief statement attesting that all works are of your own original creation.

#2. Submit your tax-deductible donation of USD $35.00 via the purple “DONATE NOW” module on the right side of this page. Your donation will go toward our current fundraiser, “Support Arquetopia Youth Music Scholarship Programs,” and is required to activate and validate your application. (We do not charge an application fee.)

#3. Submit your completed Arquetopia Artist-in-Residence Online Application (below).


Arquetopia Artist-in-Residence Application


Residency Program Session Lengths

  • The non-instructional, general Art, Design or Photography Residency is now offered at flexible sessions of 3 to 5 weeks in Puebla, Cusco, and Naples. In Puebla, Printmaking is offered at sessions of 4 weeks, and Mexican Ceramics at 5 weeks due to necessary clay drying time.

  • With the exception of Mexican Tapestry (4 weeks) and Pre-Columbian Ceramics (5 weeks), Instructional Residencies in all Arquetopia spaces (each instructional session set at 4 weeks) may be extended by the artist with continued production at the same location for 1 more week, up to 5 weeks as a (non-instructional) Art, Design or Photography Residency.

  • The non-instructional Art History, Cultural Research, and Writers Residencies are each offered at flexible sessions of 3 to 5 weeks.

STOP: Before you submit this application form, and to prevent it from being deleted, please review the instructions at the top of this page, and make sure that you have also completed all of the other steps indicated. Your application materials will be validated by our staff and considered by the jury panel only after you have completed all of the steps listed. Application forms that are received without the other steps also completed are automatically deleted by the system within 24 hours.

After completing all of the above, click the “Submit Application” button. It may take a few minutes for the form to send, so do not click on your Back button or stop the transfer.  

Support Arquetopia Youth Music Scholarship Programs

Established in 2009, Arquetopia Foundation is a self-sustaining, officially registered Mexican and Peruvian nonprofit organization of artist-run professional spaces that receive zero external funding. Arquetopia is strictly unaffiliated with any political, religious, war industrial or weapon-building entities. Your fully tax-deductible donation will help us continue to develop our outstanding, unique arts programs that contribute to positive social change.
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