Artist and Writers Residencies in Peru and Mexico Application Deadline August 19th

In past years, I’ve featured the International Residencies of this organization. This year, they’ve added a new residency opportunity in Peru. They’ve asked me to feature them again, with fee reduction options for all 3 residencies. Apply now.

Dear Marie Kazalia and Friends at Artist Marketing Resources:

Warm greetings from all of us at Arquetopia Foundation and International Artist Residency in southern Mexico and Peru, and thank you for posting our past residency open calls for artists and writers. We hope you are having a great summer and invite you to review our new website at the link provided above.

As the application deadline is coming up soon, Sunday, August 19, 2018, I am writing to ask if you would please include on your site for your followers, our 3 current general open calls for all self-directed and instructional artist and writers residency programs we are offering for all sessions Summer & Fall 2018, at

  • 1. Arquetopia Puebla – Puebla, Mexico
  • 2. Arquetopia Oaxaca – Oaxaca, Mexico
  • 3. Arquetopia Cusco – Cusco, Peru

Thank you very much for your time, interest, and for including our calls. We always appreciate your time and help in getting the word out. Have a great week(end)!

Saludos cordiales,


Christopher Davis
Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director; Director of Music Programs

Arquetopia Foundation, Puebla
Avenida 15 Poniente 715, Centro Histórico
Puebla, Puebla 72000 MÉXICO
Main Office Tel. (+52) 222 594 77 28

DECENTERED Gallery Arquetopia
Avenida 17 Poniente 1113, Barrio de Santiago
Puebla, Puebla 72000 MÉXICO

Arquetopia Oaxaca
Camino al Seminario 79, 3ra Sección
San Pablo Etla, Oaxaca 68258 MÉXICO

Arquetopia Cusco
Jirón Pisagua 103, Centro
Urubamba, Cusco 08661 PERU

Apply Now Through Sunday, August 19, 2018. Fee Reduction Options. Spaces are limited. All residency applications are evaluated for selection when they are received vs. after the deadline has passed.


E-mail Chris at for more information.

Founded in 2009, Arquetopia Foundation is an internationally established, award-winning nonprofit arts and cultural foundation with a social scope that emphasizes critical thinking through artistic practices. Our customized 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. Our residency programs offer competitive professional opportunities for emerging and mid-career, national and international artists, designers, curators, art historians, art educators, writers, journalists, and cultural researchers age 22 and over.

Artists-in-residence are introduced to a better understanding of Mexico or Peru’s Mesoamerican and colonial past, its modern present, and while producing, they learn to challenge contemporary art and what are considered traditional art practices; therefore, Arquetopia aids this process with a series of weekly individual meetings, discussion, critiques, and a critical bibliography that are tailored to each artist’s needs. The ultimate goal is for artists to learn new methods and techniques while questioning their own practice in the hopes of extending the critical discussion to other communities.

We are currently welcoming applications for the following residency programs in the Sacred Valley of the Incas of Cusco, Peru:



Click on each link below for program info on our website.

  1. Short-Term Artist Residency: Mapping Narratives.Self-directed, tour-inclusive sessions of 2 weeks. Various techniques and resources offered. Details here.
  1. Art, Design, or Photography Production Residency. Various techniques and resources offered.
  1. Writers ResidencySelf-directed, flexible sessions of 3 to 8 weeks.



Click on each link below for program info on our website.

  1. Peruvian Textiles Instructional Residency: Andean Weaving. With master instruction, learn traditional Andean Weaving, with time for independent production. Extendable sessions of 3 weeks.
  1. Natural Pigments Instructional Residency: Fiber DyeingWith master instruction, learn to create and use a variety of Natural Pigments, with time for independent production. Extendable sessions of 3 weeks.
  1. Gold Leafing and Estofado Instructional Residency. With master instruction, learn Gold Leafing (Gilding) and Estofado techniques, with time for independent production. Extendable sessions of 3 weeks.
  1. Peruvian Arts Instructional Residencies: Painting or Sculpture. With master instruction, learn one of two Peruvian art techniques: Painting or Sculpture, with time for independent production. Extendable sessions of 3 weeks.


Visit the Arquetopia website at

E-mail Chris at for complete information dossier.
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 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 are built on structured, informative programs; a network of collaborative workspaces, institutions, and studios; and individualized project support.

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.

Main Website:



Non-Profit Artist-Run Arquetopia Artist-in-Residence Programs in Mexico

I once stayed in a house in a mountain village in Mexico that later became central to a new writers residency. It was a wonderful place, with gorgeous views, no electricity –and I remember the water heater in the shower that I had to build a wood fire under.

I’m glad to learn of and share this information on these artist-run residencies in Mexico–(these, of course, are located in cities with electricity) :

Arquetopia Artist-in-Residence Programs Founded in 2009 in Puebla, Arquetopia,  Mexico is an official  Mexican nonprofit foundation run entirely by artists.


Arquetopia website:  E-mail for more information. They also provide letters of support for artists seeking funding from grant-giving organizations to fund their trip to Mexico–find out more on the Arquetopia Foundation blog.

The organization has quickly grown to become the premier artist residency program in Mexico with extensive collaborative networks in Puebla and Oaxaca.  Resident artists have come from all over the world, with some returning multiple times.  Arquetopia’s Artist-in-Residence Programs offer important professional opportunities for emerging and mid-career, national and international contemporary artists, designers, curators, and art educators age 25 and over.

Arquetopia is currently welcoming applications for the following artist residencies–

Day of the Dead Special Artist Residency 2014 – Puebla or Oaxaca– Artists working in a variety of media and techniques create and participate in southern Mexico’s spectacular Day of the Dead celebrations. This residency is offered at 6 weeks (extendable), September 29 to November 10, 2014.

Short-Term Research or Digital Photography Residency 2014 – Puebla or Oaxaca Short-term stays of 2 weeks in 2014 for art professionals, cultural researchers, and digital photographers in either magnificent colonial kaleidoscope of Puebla and Oaxaca, in beautiful southern Mexico.

BEAUTIFUL MUTANTS – Alebrijes Special Artist Residency 2014 – Oaxaca Explore and experiment with the Alebrijes tradition of wood carving and painting in the magnificent colonial city of Oaxaca, in southern Mexico.  Terms of 4 to 24 weeks during 2014.

Natural Pigments Special Instructional Artist Residency 2014 – Oaxaca With master instruction, learn to make and use a variety of Natural Pigments in Oaxaca, southern Mexico. Extendable 3-week terms during 2014.

Mexican Textiles Special Instructional Artist Residency 2014 – Oaxaca With master instruction, learn to make traditional, elaborate Mexican Textiles (back-strap weaving or embroidery) in Oaxaca, southern Mexico. Extendable 3-week terms during 2014.

Art, Design, or Photography Production Residency – Puebla or Oaxaca Create and explore! Terms of 4 to 24 weeks during 2014 in either Puebla or Oaxaca, southern Mexico. Self-directed program (no instruction is included; participants decide their own itinerary and work independently in provided spaces).

Printmaking Special Artist Residency 2014 – Puebla Printmaking terms of 4 to 24 weeks at Arquetopia, in the spectacular historic district of Puebla, southern Mexico.

Gold Leafing and Antique Art Techniques Special Instructional Residency 2014 – Puebla With master instruction, learn Gold Leafing and other antique art techniques in Puebla, southern Mexico. Extendable 3-week terms during 2014.

Ceramics Special Artist Residency 2014 – Puebla or Oaxaca Ceramics production terms of 6 to 24 weeks during 2014 in either of the magnificent colonial Puebla or Oaxaca, southern Mexico.

Art Educators Special Residency 2014 – Puebla Develop new art education projects with students and explore diverse pedagogic techniques with multiculturalism in Mexico’s prominent museums. Extendable 4-week terms during 2014 in the city of Puebla.

Art History or Cultural Research Residency 2014 – Puebla or Oaxaca Explore magnificent southern Mexico’s unique archives and resources from pre-Hispanic to contemporary, in historic Puebla or Oaxaca. Terms of 3 to 8 weeks during 2014.