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OUR RESIDENCIES / 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 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.
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.
The city of Cusco is accessible via two international airports in Cusco (CUZ) and Lima (LIM). Cusco was classified in 1972 as Cultural Heritage of the Peruvian Nation and declared UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. Located in the heart of the Central Peruvian Andes of South America at 3,400 m (11,155 ft) above sea level, the Cusco region extends into a fertile alluvial valley of approximately 20 km (12 mi), called the Sacred Valley of the Incas, an incomparable scenic and historical major destination.
The city of Cusco was remodeled and redesigned in the 15th century after a pre-Inca occupation process of over 3,000 years, under the Tawantinsuyu Inca Empire. After the conquest of the Spaniards in the 16th century when the city was destroyed, the basic structure of buildings was used to construct Baroque churches and palaces over the ruins of the Inca city, such as the Temple of the Sun (Qorikancha), the Aqllahuasi, the Sunturcancha, the Kusikancha and a series of very finely finished buildings that shaped the Inca compounds. As a result a local baroque style was developed creating a unique and high quality mixed configuration of architecture and art representing the initial juxtaposition and fusion of different periods and cultures, as well as the city’s historic continuity.
ARQUETOPIA PERU RESIDENCY SPACE
Our third residency space is environmentally conscious, continuing our commitment to sustainability and nature, and conveniently located in the town of Urubamba in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Surrounded by the rugged Andes mountains, Urubamba sits next to the Urubamba river and historically has been a transportation hub. Near the Maras Salt Mines dating back from the Inca times, Urubamba architecture dates back to the 16th century and was declared Province in 1825.
Like our other two residency spaces, Arquetopia Peru incorporates a deeper comprehension of how art and the surrounding ecosystems, as well as the complex cultural heritage, are rooted in the sense of community. Arquetopia’s residency spaces continue to be open for dialogue, exchanges, and encounters while emphasizing our commitment to reducing our carbon footprint, reusing materials, and recycling waste.
Our spacious Peruvian Chalet-style residency hosts up to four resident artists and writers at a time, with sweeping mountain views of the Chicon glacier and views of the little town, including local flora and fauna from the artist rooms. Established close to our local master artists/instructors and partnered institutions, the space accommodates the offices, sleeping living, and workspace for up to four artists-in-residence. In this countryside space, the intersection of art, history, culture, and nature set the tone for reflection, research and production. We welcome artists and writers who are interested in developing projects with non-toxic techniques and seeking a deeper connection with the community, the historical context, and the environment. Artists are also encouraged to participate in diverse activities such as field trips, cycling, and hiking.
Our residents enjoy a safe and peaceful environment, as well as the mild weather that the Sacred Valley provides. The residency center is conveniently located in the countryside village of Urubamba, outside of the touristy areas, and only one hour away from the center of the city of Cusco and 15 minutes away from the Ollantaytambo train station that serves the renowned archeological site of Machu Picchu. Cheap, everyday public transportation is also available from the residency vicinity in different directions and to various destinations.
WHAT OUR COMPREHENSIVE RESIDENCY PROGRAMS AT ARQUETOPIA PERU INCLUDE
Our residencies are professional programs with academic content customized to each artist-in-residence. Our comprehensive programs for each resident include weekly meetings with our directorial and curatorial staff for individualized research assistance and resources, project guidance, and critique; 24-hour access to shared studio with personal workspace, large tables, and some tools; and wireless Internet; furnished, private accommodation and use of shared indoor and outdoor common spaces; home-cooked meals, locally grown coffee, and stocked kitchen with organic and local produce, meats, and dairy 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 Peruvian master artists we contract is funded directly from the residency tuition, and materials and supplies for these instructional courses are included.
Arquetopia provides carefully detailed trip preparation materials, arrival transportation instructions, and orientation materials to all incoming residents. Arquetopia Peru staff provides Cusco airport pickup and dropoff transportation on the scheduled start and end date of the residency.
EXAMPLES OF TECHNIQUES WE OFFER (BUT NOT LIMITED TO THESE)
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
RESIDENCY PROGRAMS WE OFFER
1. Art & Activism: ArquetopiaSUMMER Triple International Academic Residency (June/July)
2. ART, DESIGN or PHOTOGRAPHY Residency (self-directed)
3. ART EDUCATORS Residency
4. ART HISTORY or Cultural Research Residency
5. MEXICAN CERAMICS Artist Residency (self-directed)
6. GOLD LEAFING & Estofado Instructional Artist Residency
7. MEXICAN TEXTILES Instructional Artist Residency: Weaving, Embroidery, or Tapestry
8. NATURAL INK SILKSCREEN Instructional Artist Residency
9. NATURAL PIGMENTS Instructional Artist Residency (fiber dyeing)
10. ORGANIC PAINTING Instructional Artist Residency
11. PERUVIAN TEXTILES Instructional Artist Residency: Andean Weaving
12. PRE-COLUMBIAN CERAMICS Instructional Artist Residency
13. PRINTMAKING Artist Residency (self-directed)
14. SHOWCASE ART EXHIBITION Residency (self-directed)
15. WRITERS Residency (self-directed)
RESIDENCY PROGRAM TUITION
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 tuition covered by the participating artists. Our residents cover the costs of their own residencies or seek third-party funding. The residency program tuition covers 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.
HOW TO APPLY
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.
Now well into its tenth year, 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 was officially established and registered as a nonprofit foundation in 2009, with a solid International Board of Directors comprised of renowned scholars, artists, entrepreneurs, and supportive community members fully committed to social transformation. We are proud to have established through our multiple residency programs a generous and culturally diverse space by hosting every year artists, scholars, and researchers from the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. Our experience has been enriched by the multiplicity of perspectives of hundreds of our resident artists and writers who have come from all regions of the world and more than 80 countries.
Founded by Mexican visual artist and curator Francisco Guevara and north American classical musician Christopher Davis, our small nonprofit arts foundation was born in the vibrant, majestic city of Puebla, Mexico in 2009. Having initially functioned as an educational art center for inner-city youth, Arquetopia soon expanded its focus to offer international artist residency programs in under a year and then opened its second professional residency space in the historic city of Oaxaca, Mexico in 2011. Arquetopia has since grown to offer the premier artist residency programs of Mexico and Latin America, with extensive collaborative networks in central and southern Mexico and now, South America, with Arquetopia’s third professional residency space having launched in spectacular Cusco, Peru in early 2018. We are honored that many of our Artists-in-Residence have returned for residencies at Arquetopia multiple times.
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