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Deadline: 15 Aug, 2016
Location: Puebla, Mexico
Duration: 4 to 10 weeks during October/November 2016. Applicants may nominate their own range of dates.
Eligibility: Emerging or mid-career, EXPERIENCED printmakers; minimum age 25
Support: Detailed at http://www.arquetopia.org/our-artist-residencies/our-artist-residencies-important-information
Costs: USD $595 per week. Most materials included. Payment Deadlines: Deposit of 20% of Residency Fee due within 1 week of selection notification. Balance of Residency Fee due within 30 days of selection notification.
For a limited time, we are now welcoming applications for Day of the Dead Festival and Harvest Holiday special sessions, Fall 2016. Self-directed terms of 4 to 10 weeks, creating at a prominent printmaking museum and studio in the majestic central historic district of Puebla, Mexico.
Apply Now through Monday, August 15, 2016. Applications are evaluated for selection in the order received vs. waiting until after the deadline.
THE DAY OF THE DEAD
As practiced by the indigenous communities of Mexico, el Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) commemorates the transitory return to Earth of deceased relatives and loved ones. The festivities take place each year at the end of October to the beginning of November. Great care is taken with all aspects of the preparations, for it is believed that the dead are capable of bringing prosperity or misfortune upon their families depending on how the rituals are executed. –Inscribed 2008, Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity (originally proclaimed by UNESCO in 2003).
PRINTMAKING SPECIAL ARTIST RESIDENCY
The Printmaking Special Artist Residency is a self-directed Art Production residency for experienced printmakers. It offers the unique opportunity to work at the studio of a prominent printmaking museum in the central historic district of Puebla. The techniques offered are intaglio, linoleum, woodcut, polyester plate, silkscreen and the unique opportunity of working with a specific lithography stone from Mexico. Maximum dimensions of the lithography printing press are 27 X 19 inches and of the etching press are 60 X 35 inches.
Founded in 2009, Arquetopia is an international award-winning, Mexican official nonprofit foundation for visual arts, music, literature, and research, run entirely by artists. Arquetopia is distinguished worldwide for its array of unique residency programs with substantial content. In contrast to various property rental schemes, tourist resorts, B&B’s, and sublets, 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.
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/gallery; an equipped darkroom; a natural pigments laboratory; 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. 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). The San Francisco Chronicle recently named Puebla as one of the top five safest places in Mexico for travelers.
WHAT THIS RESIDENCY INCLUDES
– Each resident meets weekly with our staff for individualized research assistance/resources, project guidance, and critiques
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
– 24-hour access to large and bright, shared art studio with generous natural light
– Personal workspace with large table and wall space
– Most printmaking materials and supplies provided
– Some printmaking materials are not included (paper, plates, certain inks); artists bring these or purchase them locally
– Access to special facilities (such as our partnered printmaking studios) provided
HOW TO APPLY
Visit the Arquetopia website at http://www.arquetopia.org
Complete and submit the Artist-in-Residence Online Application Form, following the instructions on the web page. Following selection, applicants are notified immediately via e-mail.