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Our customized International Artist-in-Residence Programs offer competitive professional opportunities for emerging and mid-career, national and international artists, designers, curators, art historians, art educators, journalists, writers, and cultural researchers age 20 and over. Our 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. Understanding Mexico or Peru’s context and cultural complexity is key for a successful cultural exchange. We welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds and disciplines who are interested in creating work or inspired by art, elements, techniques or processes specific to Mexico or Peru.

Arquetopia is distinguished worldwide for its array of unique, customized residency programs with academic content. Our residency spaces function exclusively for productive art professionals, writers, and researchers and include informative programs; a network of collaborative workspaces, institutions, and studios; and individualized project support.

Drawing • Painting • Natural pigments (cochineal, indigo, and other pigments) • Paper • Printmaking • Graphic design • Textiles • Mexican textiles (weaving, embroidery, back-strap weaving) • Peruvian textiles (Andean weaving) • Sculpture • Ceramics • Mexican ceramics (Talavera, loza vidriada) • Pre-Columbian ceramics • Gold leafing and estofado • Wood carving • Performance • Ephemeral (including food and other perishable materials) • Photography: digital photography and alternative photographic processes • Digital media • Design and illustration

• Selection decisions are based on artistic work and proposed project. Candidates 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 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 Peru. The connection can be as broad as an artistic technique or as specific as a local theme.
• The creation of community with fellow residents and staff during the residency period is important.

1. ArquetopiaSUMMER 2019 Special 3-in-1 International Residency (June/July 2019)
2. ART, Design, or Photography Production Residency (self-directed)
3. ART EDUCATORS Residency
4. ART HISTORY or Cultural Research Residency
5. ART AND SCIENCE Residency
6. MEXICAN CERAMICS Artist Residency (self-directed)
7. GOLD LEAFING and Estofado Instructional Artist Residency
8. MEXICAN TEXTILES Instructional Artist Residency: Weaving, Embroidery, or Tapestry
9. NATURAL INK SILKSCREEN Instructional Artist Residency
10. NATURAL PIGMENTS Instructional Artist Residency (fiber dyeing)
11. ORGANIC PAINTING Instructional Artist Residency
12. PERUVIAN ARTS Instructional Residencies: Painting or Sculpture
13. PERUVIAN TEXTILES Instructional Artist Residency: Weaving
14. PRE-COLUMBIAN CERAMICS Instructional Artist Residency
15. PRINTMAKING Artist Residency (self-directed)
16. SHOWCASE ART EXHIBITION Residency (self-directed)
17. WRITERS Residency (self-directed)

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Founded in 2009, Arquetopia is an internationally established, award-winning nonprofit arts and cultural foundation with a social scope that emphasizes critical thinking through artistic practices. Our academic International Artist-in-Residence Programs are the largest and most reputable in Latin America, with an array of contents anchored in a solid structure of collaborations with prominent cultural institutions, renowned experts, and notable artists. We are invested in approaching art and art history with a critical perspective by understanding Mexico and Peru’s complexity in context and incorporating nuances in narratives and interpretation especially of the 3,000-year heritage of visual culture of these two countries. Since its founding, Arquetopia has raised the bar in the residency field, becoming a reference to every residency program in Latin America and influencing most of them in approaching artmaking with more rigorous practices, critical perspectives, and high standards.

A spectacular, four-story 1939 Mexican Colonial California-style compound conveniently located in Puebla’s central historic district and close to the Zócalo (city square) accommodates the offices, residency space 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; a darkroom; a printmaking studio, a ceramics firing facility with a medium-sized gas kiln; a natural pigments laboratory; a multi-room public gallery space; ten furnished bedrooms; a large dining room; an open-access kitchen; furnished outdoor terraces and viewing decks; a small botanical garden; a research library; and a rooftop lounge with panoramic views of the city.

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).

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/resources, project guidance, and critique; large, 24-hour 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 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.

Arquetopia is a self-sustaining, official nonprofit foundation run entirely by artists in two developing countries. Because Arquetopia receives zero external funding from governmental, corporate, or other entities, we are not a granting institution. As such, and as with most artist residencies around the world, the operating costs of our programs are sustained via the fee paid by the participating artists. Our residents cover the costs of their own residencies or seek third-party funding.

The residency program fee covers the costs of accommodation in our facilities including meals, utilities and housekeeping, weekly meetings with guidance and assistance from our staff, studio space, and some tools. For instructional residencies, materials and supplies for the courses are included.

Visit the Arquetopia website at
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 and activities without regard to race, color, gender or gender expression, national origin, age, religion, creed, or sexual orientation.

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Disciplines and media
Visual Art
Educational Programmes
New Media
Film Making
Textile Art
Graphic Design, Wood, Digital Media, Paper, Natural Pigments, Design, Photography, Art History Research, Gold Leaf, Mixed Media, Site-Specific Intervention

Type of organisation
Independent Association/Foundation
Non-profit; strictly unaffiliated with any political, religious, or weapon-building entities

Residency conditions
Duration of residencies
3 weeks
1 month
between 1 and 3 months
3 months

Number of artists resident at one time
between 5 and 10

Companions allowed
Arquetopia accommodates partners/spouses if both are selected and actively participating Artists-in-Residence (individually or collaborating). As our spaces are secure and professional adult environments, children, animals, and visitors are not permitted.

Grants available
See the Funding Opportunities page on our blog which lists granting entities in many states and countries worldwide. Many artists have also raised their funds through programs such as Pozible, Kickstarter, GoFundMe, and Indiegogo:

Expectations of the artist
Each resident meets weekly with our staff for individualized research assistance/resources, project guidance, reading curriculum, and critiques. Our residencies are process-based; residents are not required to give talks/exhibitions/workshops

Application who/how
Digital Application

Selection procedure
By Committee

Presentation of artists’ work
Arranged on a case-by-case basis

Description of residency
Urban— Vibrant, scenic, safe historic city brimming with art and artist resources

Internet Connection
Arquetopia is partnered with numerous premier spaces for the production and showcasing of its resident artists’ work.
Printmaking Facilities
Ceramics Facilities
Woodworking Tools

Number of studios

Type and size of studios
Shared Studio

Private Room

Working language(s)

Other activities happening at the space

How to reach
By plane
Puebla is reachable via two international airports in Puebla (PBC) and Mexico City (MEX).

Flights to Mexico City are usually more frequent and less expensive than to Puebla. If flying into Mexico City, there is a cheap (about USD $16) and comfortable charter bus service direct from inside the Mexico City airport to Puebla, a scenic 2-hour ride.

For incoming residents who book an early arrival and stay in Mexico City for a few days, there are inexpensive hotels we can suggest that are conveniently located in walking distance of many important landmarks/attractions and the Metro (subway). Bus transportation to Puebla would not be from the airport but from the TAPO terminal which is closer to the hotels.

In any case, there is no need to purchase a bus ticket ahead of time; you can do so at the terminal when you show up to take the bus to Puebla.

Arquetopia always provides carefully detailed arrival transportation instructions to all incoming residents.

Nearest airport
Puebla/Huejotzingo (PBC) or Mexico City (MEX)

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