For All Sessions in 2018 
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when they are received versus after the deadline has passed.

Our academic International Artist-in-Residence Programs offer competitive professional opportunities for emerging and mid-career, national and international artists, designers, curators, art historians, art educators, writers, journalists, cultural researchers, and graduate students age 22 and over.

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Arquetopia is distinguished worldwide for its array of unique residency programs with substantial content. In contrast to various property rental schemes, tourist resorts, B&B’s, and sublets elsewhere, our residency spaces function exclusively for productive art professionals, writers, and researchers and include structured, informative programs; a network of collaborative workspaces, institutions, and studios; and individualized project support.
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. As Arquetopias mission is to promote social transformation, understanding Mexico or Peru's 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 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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DrawingPainting • 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.
17. WRITERS Residency (self-directed)
ARQUETOPIA PUEBLA, MEXICO Our spectacular artist compound in the majestic central historic district
ARQUETOPIA OAXACA, MEXICO Our alpine-style villa and studio in the countryside
ARQUETOPIA CUSCO, PERU Our villa and studio close to Machu Picchu, in the Sacred Valley of the Incas
Our residencies are not space rentals but comprehensive, academic programs that include accommodation, meals, utilities and housekeeping, weekly meetings with our staff for individualized research assistance/resources, project guidance, and critiques; studio space; and some tools. 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 is a self-sustaining, official nonprofit foundation in two developing countries and receives zero external funding from governmental, corporate, or other interests. As with most artist residencies around the world, our residents fund their own residencies and travel. E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for fees for our 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.
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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Arquetopia Foundation is a self-sustaining, officially registered Mexican nonprofit foundation that is strictly unaffiliated with any political, religious, or war-industrial / weapon-building entities. Your fully tax-deductible donation will help us continue to develop our unique arts programs and contribute to positive social change.


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