Arquetopia Foundation – Puebla, Mexico
Gold Leafing & Estofado Instructional Residency
Spring & Summer 2020
Now Welcoming Applications through Sunday, December 1, 2019
From a Mexican master instructor, learn Gold Leafing (Gilding) and Estofado techniques in the majestic central historic district of Puebla, southern Mexico. Extendable 3-week sessions during Spring or Summer 2020.
Apply Now: Spaces are limited. Residency applications are evaluated for selection priority when they are received vs. after the deadline has passed.
GOLD LEAFING (GILDING) & ESTOFADO INSTRUCTIONAL RESIDENCY
The Viceroyalty of the New Spain was the result of the amalgamation of Mesoamerican and European civilizations creating a complex system of cultural overlapping. New visual languages incorporated vast artistic traditions with unique iconography and art techniques producing new objects, and images, that completely transformed the course of Western Art.
The city of Puebla is situated at an important intermediate point and a core part of the Atlantic axle, and has a history that spans almost five centuries becoming the capital of baroque art in the Americas. Its strategic location on a major transportation corridor permitted the exportation of Puebla’s regional style of Baroque art and architecture, influencing the development of other cities in the New World. Gold leafing and estofado are two of the expressions of the fusion of European and American styles present in many of the world heritage monuments of Puebla.
Associated with power and divinity, gold leafing has an important place in the history of art and art making. For its glowing characteristics, permanence, flexibility, and light reflection qualities it has been a resource for artists with diverse artistic practices. Estofado has been used extensively to create different qualities of subtle textures, and intricate iconographic patterns; it serves a complimentary decorative technique in which one layer of paint is scratched through to reveal brilliant burnished gold underneath.
This is a unique production residency that includes 3 weeks of master instruction (classes 9 hours per week) by a prominent Mexican art restorer in several diverse antique techniques using mediums and supports traditionally used in pre-Columbian and baroque art. Artists can apply the technique of gold and silver leafing, learn the use of diverse stuccos and traditional primers (cactus and lime, rabbit glue, gelatin) and its use on different supports (paper, wood, clay), and experimenting with different finishes with natural pigment patinas and egg tempera paint. A combination of some of the chosen techniques is offered as a 3-week program. Materials for the course are included.
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 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. 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, customized 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.
TESTIMONIALS FROM OUR PAST RESIDENT ARTISTS
For profiles, feedback and testimonials from many of our outstanding past resident artists, art historians, and writers, don’t miss this page on our website: Arquetopia Foundation: Our Resident Artists
- 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).
- The creation of community with fellow residents and staff during the residency period is important.
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.
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 COMPREHENSIVE RESIDENCY PROGRAM INCLUDES
Our residencies are academically oriented professional programs that are customized to each artist-in-residence. Our programs include weekly meetings with our directorial and curatorial staff for individualized research assistance and resources, project guidance, and critique; 24-hour access to large, shared studio with natural light, personal workspace, large tables, wall space, and some tools; wireless Internet; furnished, private accommodation and use of shared indoor and outdoor common spaces; home-cooked meals, locally grown coffee, and stocked kitchen 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 Mexican master artists we contract is funded directly from the residency tuition fee, 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.
- 27 hours master instruction (9 hours per week)
- Each resident meets weekly with our directorial/curatorial 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
Studio Workspace and Materials:
- 24-hour access to large and bright, shared art studio with generous natural light
- Personal workspace with large table and wall space
- Materials and supplies for the instructional course provided
- Materials and supplies for additional project production are not included but are available for purchase locally
RESIDENCY PROGRAM TUITION, DATES, AND TERMS
Session Length: 3 weeks during Spring or Summer 2020, with option to extend for 1 to 9 more weeks as a self-directed Art Production Residency. Dates are not predetermined; applicants may nominate their own approximate range of dates.
Program Tuition: USD $665 per week (USD $1995 for the 3 weeks). Optional self-directed Art Production extension USD $495 per week. Deposit of 25% of Residency Program Tuition due within 1 week of selection. Tuition balance due by 90 days prior to residency start date. Partial tuition waiver options; e-mail us.
HOW TO APPLY
E-mail Chris at firstname.lastname@example.org
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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