Ceramics Special Artist Residency 2014 - Arquetopia - Puebla, Southern Mexico
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January 25, 2014
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ARQUETOPIA foundation and international artist residency (PUEBLA)
Puebla, Mexico

Ceramics production terms of 6 to 24 weeks during 2014 at Arquetopia, the premier artist residency in Mexico. Experience and create in the magnificent colonial kaleidoscope of Puebla.  Application Deadline Sunday, January 26, 2014.



Arquetopia is a nonprofit foundation for visual arts and music, run entirely by artists. Arquetopia’s programs promote development and social transformation through contemporary art with a non-traditional, 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.



The Ceramics Special Artist Residency offers important professional opportunities for emerging and mid-career national and international artists 25 years of age and over. This residency is an autonomous Art Production Residency that provides the unique opportunity to work at a prominent Talavera ceramics factory studio in Puebla. Each residency is unique, based on the type of residency and the artist’s proposal. All proposals are welcome; residents are chosen on the basis of artistic merit and evaluation of the proposed project.



• 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).

• The creation of community among fellow artists and staff during the residency period is important.




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. Daily meals, open access to the kitchen, and housekeeping are also included.


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.



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 guide book 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.



USD $560 per week which includes accommodation; daily meals and open access to the kitchen; housekeeping; studio space; BASIC materials, supplies and tools.

USD $200 deposit due within 10 days of selection notification.

Total Residency Program Fee due by 60 days prior to residency start date.


In contrast to vacation resorts and B&B's 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 master artists we contract –many of whom are local and indigenous artists from the poorest communities– is also funded directly from the residency program fee.


Visit the Arquetopia website at http://www.arquetopia.org">www.arquetopia.org

E-mail info@arquetopia.org for more information or to request a printable PDF application form to complete by hand.
Complete and submit the Arquetopia Artist-in-Residencehttp://www.arquetopia.org/index.php/programa-de-artistas-en-residencia-2/artist-in-residence-application-form"> Online Application Form 2013-2014, 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.


Arquetopia on the Web: www.arquetopia.org

Arquetopia Blog: www.arquetopia.com

Arquetopia on Facebook: www.facebook.com/Arquetopia

Arquetopia Oaxaca on Facebook: www.facebook.com/ArquetopiaOaxaca