Mexican Ceramics Residency. All Sessions Summer & Fall 2018. Arquetopia. Puebla, Mexico

Self-directed sessions of 6 to 12 weeks during Summer or Fall 2018 in the majestic central historic district of Puebla, southern Mexico (a world capital for premier ceramics).

APPLY NOW: Fee reduction options. Spaces are limited. All residency applications are evaluated for selection when they are received vs. after the deadline has passed.

https://www.arquetopia.org/mexican-ceramics-residency

MEXICAN CERAMICS RESIDENCY
The Mexican Ceramics Residency is a self-directed Art Production Residency that provides the unique opportunity to produce a variety of work on-site at Arquetopia or at a prominent ceramics factory studio in the central historic district of Puebla (the majestic city most famous for Talavera ceramics).

OUR ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAMS
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 22 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 residency programs with substantial content. 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.

RESIDENCY GUIDELINES

  •        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.

ARQUETOPIA FOUNDATION
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.

ARQUETOPIA PUEBLA
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.

PUEBLA, SOUTHERN MEXICO
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).

WHAT THIS RESIDENCY INCLUDES

Staff Support:

  •        Each resident meets weekly with our staff for individualized research assistance/resources, project guidance, and critiques
  •        Our residencies are process-based; residents are not expected to give talks, exhibitions, or workshops

Accommodation and Meals:

  •        Furnished, private bedroom
  •        Meals and 24-hour access to the kitchen and dining room
  •        Wireless Internet
  •        Use of Arquetopia’s residency spaces including 4th-floor lounge and outdoor terraces
  •        Shared bathrooms with modern fixtures and showers
  •        Housekeeping

Studio Workspace and Materials:

  •        On-site ceramics facility with medium-sized (2ft X 2ft X 2ft) kiln
  •        24-hour access to large and bright, shared art studio with generous natural light
  •        Personal workspace with large table and wall space
  •        Access to special facilities (such as our partnered ceramics studios) provided
  •        Ceramics materials and supplies (clay and standard glazes) provided

RESIDENCY FEE, DATES, AND TERMS
Session Length: Flexible, 6 to 12 weeks during 2018. Applicants may nominate their own range of dates.

Fee: USD $595 per week (incl. materials). Deposit of 25% of Residency Fee due within 1 week of selection. Balance due by 90 days prior to residency start date. Fee reduction options; e-mail us.

HOW TO APPLY
E-mail Chris at info@arquetopia.org

Visit the Arquetopia website at www.arquetopia.org
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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Basic Info
Deadline Type: 
Fixed
Deadline or Post Expiration: 
Sunday, August 19, 2018
Contact Information
Contact Name: 
Chris Davis, Co-Executive Director
Contact Email: 
Contact Phone Number: 
+52 222 594 7728
Contact Address: 
Avenida 15 Poniente 715
Centro Histórico
72000  Puebla  Puebla
Mexico