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International Residency Opportunities with Arquetopia International Artist Residency

Published May 27, 2014

Create and explore! Terms of 4 to 24 weeks during 2014 in either of the magnificent colonial kaleidoscopes of Puebla or Oaxaca, southern Mexico.

Application deadline: Sunday, June 29, 2014.


ArtDesignProduction2014-2-copyTERMS OF 4 TO 24 WEEKS

The Art Production, Design Production, and Photography Production Residencies are autonomous residencies that offer important professional opportunities for emerging and mid-career national and international contemporary artists and designers 25 years of age and over. Our programs are oriented to promote social consciousness, and artists are encouraged to address social themes as part of their artistic goals for their residency project. We welcome artists from diverse disciplines who are interested in creating work with 
elements, techniques or processes that are specific to Mexico and/or unique to Puebla or Oaxaca.
All proposals are welcome. Each residency is unique, based on the type of residency and the artist’s proposal. Residents are chosen on the basis of artistic merit and evaluation of the proposed project.


Drawing • Painting • Natural pigments (grana cochinilla and other pigments) • Paper • Printmaking • Graphic design • Mexican textiles (telar de cintura, embroidery, backstrap weaving) • Sculpture • Ceramics (incl. Talavera, loza vidriada) • Gold leaf and other Mexican antique art techniques • Jewelry • Wood carving • Alebrijes • Ephemeral (including food and other perishable materials) • Photography: digital photography and alternative photographic processes • Digital media • Design


  • Selection decisions are based on artistic work. Candidates at all stages of their careers (emerging and established) must demonstrate a sense of potential.
Our pool of applicants and residents is diverse in all aspects.
  • Our residency programs are opportunities for artists 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 have a clear connection to Mexico, Puebla or Oaxaca.
  • The creation of community among fellow artists and staff during the residency period is important.


Puebla: Residents enjoy comfortably furnished bedrooms and use of Arquetopia’s residency space including wireless Internet, lounge with TV/DVD and games, kitchen, dining room, outdoor terrace, and private bathroom with modern fixtures, shower, and hydro-massage tub. Meals, open access to the kitchen, and housekeeping are also included.
Oaxaca: Residents enjoy spacious, comfortably furnished bedrooms (rooms feature main level or loft accommodation) with full-size beds and use of Arquetopia Oaxaca’s well-equipped residency space including wireless Internet, kitchen, dining area, covered outdoor patio and terrace space, and private bathrooms with modern fixtures and showers. Meals, open access to the kitchen, and housekeeping are also included.
Both Puebla and Oaxaca: Roomy indoor and outdoor art studio are provided with personal work space, large tables, tools, basic materials and supplies. In cases where a specific technique, space and/or materials are not available for a proposed project, our foundation will work with the artist and community on alternatives that will suit the work. Access to special facilities (such as the printmaking or ceramics studios) is also provided depending on the chosen technique.

Founded in 2009, Arquetopia is an award-winning, Mexican official nonprofit foundation for visual arts and music, run entirely by artists. Arquetopia’s programs promote development and social transformation through contemporary art with a nontraditional, culturally diverse and multidisciplinary approach. Arquetopia offers artist residency programs of the highest quality, making its staff available and creating a community among staff and resident artists. Arquetopia’s resident artist and staff backgrounds are diverse in all aspects. As part of Arquetopia’s mission is to promote diversity, artists from Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Middle East are especially encouraged to apply.

A large, unique three-story Mexican colonial-style house close to Puebla’s Historic District and Zócalo accommodates the offices, residency space for up to seven artists,
and production spaces of Arquetopia.
Known as the “City of Angels,” Puebla is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that lies 136
km (84 mi) from Mexico City and has approximately 5,000 colonial buildings. 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, Arabic, Jewish, French and Spanish influences. Accessible via two international 
airports in Puebla (PBC) and Mexico City (MEX), 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 2200 m (7200 ft), Puebla features a temperate subtropical highland climate, resulting in an average of only three days a year seeing temperatures rise above 29°C (84°F).
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. A recent New York Times article named Puebla as #13 of the “45 Places to Go in 2012,” and The San Francisco Chronicle recently named Puebla as one of the top five safest places in Mexico for travelers.

Arquetopia Oaxaca is located right in the heart of Oaxaca’s Historic Monuments Zone. Only two blocks from the popular Calle de Alcalá (a picturesque street known for its restaurants, museums, shops, and nightlife), our spectacular and newly renovated adobe casona, hosting up to ten artists at a time, is also two blocks from the extraordinary Santo Domingo church and museum.
The beautiful colonial city of Oaxaca is nestled in a valley in the Sierra Madre mountain range of Southern Mexico. Oaxaca is located 450 km (280 miles) southeast of Mexico City and reachable via three international airports: Oaxaca (OAX), Puebla (PBC), and Mexico City (MEX). Oaxaca boasts magnificent colonial architecture, the most outstanding example being Santo Domingo church and its former convent, now home to an impressive museum. The unusually colorful city and its surrounding areas also feature a high concentration of native Zapotec and Mixtec cultures and archaeological sites. Oaxaca was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987 for its central Historic Monuments Zone and the archaeological site of Monte Alban. Getting around Oaxaca is easy and enjoyable; museums, studios, libraries and landmarks are all in walking distance. At an elevation of 1555 m (5100 ft), Oaxaca features a subtropical climate, resulting in mild-to-warm temperatures year-round. Rich in history and culture, Oaxaca is a fascinating destination where you can appreciate ancient civilizations, colonial art and architecture and vibrant cultural traditions. Oaxaca is one of the safest Mexican tourist destinations you could choose.

USD $495 per week in Puebla or USD $595 per week in Oaxaca which includes accommodation; meals and open access to the kitchen; housekeeping; studio space; some basic materials, supplies and tools.
Deposit of 10% of the Total Program Fee due within 14 days of selection notification.
Total Residency Program Fee due by 60 days prior to residency start date.

In contrast to vacation rentals, B&B’s, and sublets marketing themselves part-time as quasi art residencies, both Arquetopia and Arquetopia Oaxaca have always been professional spaces exclusively for artists and include structured programs; a network of collaborative workspaces, institutions, and studios; and project support. The residency program fee covers the costs of our facilities, a small staff, utilities, typical art materials and supplies, meals, and housekeeping. For the Special Instructional Residencies we offer, the instruction our residents receive from the local and indigenous master artists we contract is also funded directly from the residency program fee.

Visit the Arquetopia website at
E-mail for more information.
Complete and submit the Arquetopia Artist-in-Residence Online Application Form, following the instructions on the web page.
Following selection, applicants are notified immediately via e-mail.
Arquetopia is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our diverse local and international community. Arquetopia’s resident artist and staff backgrounds vary in all aspects. As part of Arquetopia’s mission is to promote diversity, Arquetopia actively fights discrimination by offering access to its programs, activities, and employment without regard to race, color, gender or gender expression, national origin, age, religion, creed, or sexual orientation.
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