360 XOCHI QUETZAL: Free Artist Residency in Central Mexico.
The 360 XOCHI QUETZAL Artist and Writer’s Residency Program is located in Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico on the shores of the largest lake in the country where the perfect year-round climate and stunning lake and mountain views have long established the region as an international artist mecca. We now offer 4 live/work spaces. Residents will be inspired by the natural beauty, history and culture of this special part of central Mexico. Chapala is located 25 minutes from Guadalajara International Airport and 45 minutes from Guadalajara, one of the largest cities in Mexico boasting abundant cultural resources: museums, galleries, theatre and artist supplies. Xochi Quetzal is the Aztec goddess of creativity and fertility and protector of artisans. She is sure to inspire you during your stay!
MISSION: Our aim is to support artists, writers and musicians who would benefit from having uninterrupted time to devote to their creativity. By providing free housing and a generous food allowance, we hope that our residents can make artistic progress without the stress and distractions of daily life.
CRITERIA: National and international visual artists, photographers, writers, playwrights, new media makers and musicians over the age of 23 are welcome to apply. We base our selections on artists who demonstrate artistic accomplishment, submit a well-conceived residency project, indicate that this residency will make a significant impact and provide evidence of the self-reliance required for a residency in the developing world. One of the live/work spaces is earmarked for a writer and one for an emerging artist. Two-person collaborative teams are also encouraged to apply.
STUDIO SPACE AND EQUIPMENT: We provide large work tables and generous wall space for visual artists. Everyone has a desk and free wi-fi. We offer a professional easel for painters. Ceramic artists have access to our Cress sample kiln which can fire up to cone 6 and is suitable for small ceramic or metal clay pieces. We now have a 33&rdquo floor loom for weavers. The main residency space is in a hacienda style home with individual bedrooms/work spaces and shared living/dining room space. There is a large studio which can be shared by two visual artists. We have one live/work space which has a private kitchen, living room, bedroom and full bathroom and is geared towards musicians and visual artists.
WHAT IS CHAPALA LIKE? In a word, charming. This is a small town with a population of 22,000. You will hear horses trotting along the cobblestone boulevard in the morning on their way to the stables. Cowboys ride by using their cell phones. Birdsong accompanies you throughout the day. In the winter, thousands of white pelicans entertain us on the lake. Trees blaze with psychedelic color year round. The mountains turn green during our 4 month rainy season (June – Sept). Vendors pass by during the day hawking fresh strawberries, bottled water, and ice cream.
FUN: All live/work spaces are walking distance to a park with a running track, pool, tennis courts and walking trails. We are also 5 minutes from the malecon, a park-like promenade that runs along the lake for a mile. The lake is surrounded by hundreds of mountains and you will enjoy spectacular sunsets almost every night. The weather is sunny 300 days a year with average daytime temperatures in the 70s. Other nearby activities include hiking, dancing and thermal springs.
COMMUNITY: Chapala and nearby Ajijic have dozens of cafes and galleries, art openings, and hundreds of artists to connect or study with. Everything you need is within walking distance and our bus service is frequent and inexpensive. This is a safe place to live, work and the residency houses are secure.
COSTS: Monthly fee for our live/work spaces ranges from $600 – 760/month. www.360xochiquetzal.com/personalresidency
MISC: Although speaking a little Spanish will make your time here more culturally integrated, you do not need to speak the language to get what you need. Food is inexpensive in Mexico, typically costing about $20/week US. Eating out is quite affordable with meals costing $3 – 10 US. You are just a 5 minute walk from many stores and restaurants.
HOUSE RULES: We may have room for your spouse/significant other depending on our accommodations check with us. There is a $200/month surcharge per guest regardless of how long they visit. Your children and pets are not permitted (there are many bed and breakfast hotels nearby for visitors). Smoking and firearms are expressly prohibited.
RESIDENCY DATES: Our spaces are available year-round. Check website for availability.
PERSONAL RENTAL PROGRAM (design your own residency): If our residency dates do not work for your schedule, consider renting one of our live/work spaces for 1 – 4 months. Just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know what month(s) you want to come and we will let you know about availability. You may download more information about our rental program on our website: www.360xochiquetzal.com and find pictures and space descriptions on our group Facebook Page: 360 Xochi Quetzal. Join us!
NON-DISCRIMINATION: 360 Xochi Quetzal encourages applications from artists of all backgrounds and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, national origin, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, HIV status, marital status, disability, or veteran status.
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- Weeks: 2
- Months: 1
- Months: 2
- Months: 3
- Visual Art
- Performing Arts
- Textile Art
- Private accommodation
- Private studio / workplace
- Access to salvaged and natural materials
- No requirements
- Open Studios