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Art History or Cultural Research Residency Spring & Summer 2018. Arquetopia. Puebla, Mexico

Deadline: 3 Dec, 2017

Disciplines: Activism, Administration, All Disciplines, Animation, Architecture, Art Education, Ceramics, Choreography, Collaboration, Community, Composition, Concept & Theory, Crafts & Trades, Critical studies, Curatorial, Dance, Design, Digital, Drawing, Engineering, Experimental, Film & Video, Fine art, Gastronomy, Glass, Installation, Journalism, Land Art, Light and Projection, Literature, Media Arts, Moving Image, Music & Sound, Other, Painting, Pedagogy, Performance, Philosophy, Photography, Poetry, Printmaking, Research, Science, Sculpture, Social Practice, Sound, Technology, Textile, Theater, Urbanism, Visual Arts, Writing.

Location: Puebla, Mexico

Deadline: 3 Dec, 2017

Duration: 3 to 8 weeks during Spring or Summer 2018. Applicants nominate their own range of residency dates.

Eligibility: Emerging or mid-career art historians, curators, researchers, and grad students, minimum age 22

Support: Detailed at

Costs: Fee reduction possible. See below.


Program Description:

Explore magnificent southern Mexico’s unique archives and resources from pre-Hispanic to contemporary. Self-directed sessions of 3 to 8 weeks during Spring or Summer 2018 in the magnificent central historic district of Puebla.

Fee reduction possible. Apply now through Sunday, December 3, 2017. Spaces are limited. Our selection committee evaluates all residency applications when they are received vs. after the deadline has passed.


This is a self-directed, non-production based, non-instructional residency designed for curators, art historians, and researchers as well as art history, visual culture, and cultural studies graduate students. Residents work independently in our spaces and special partnered facilities.

Each residency is a unique research experience in which residents pursue their own projects free from academic obligations, make use of diverse collections, and participate in the intellectual life of the city. We welcome students and professionals from diverse backgrounds using different methodologies including but not limited to: formalism, social and cultural history, semiotics, and psychoanalysis, interested in immersing themselves in the research of Mexican culture and spending time in the magnificent and historic Spanish colonial city of Puebla.

Access to Archives, Libraries, and Experts
We encourage all residents to develop interdisciplinary investigations for a richer understanding of the subject and artistic practice. Therefore, we provide research guidance and access to experts in the humanities, unique archives and resources such as the Palafoxiana Library, José María Lafragua Library, Juan Crisóstomo Méndez Photo Archive, and the Museum of Religious Art Ex-Convento de Santa Mónica.

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 Artist-in-Residence Programs are the largest and most reputable in Mexico and Latin America, with an array of contents anchored in a solid structure of collaborations with prominent cultural institutions, renowned experts, and notable artists.


A spectacular, four-story 1939 Mexican Colonial California-style compound conveniently located in Puebla's central historic district and close to the city square accommodates the offices, residency space for up to 12 artists-in-residence, and numerous production spaces of Arquetopia. 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.


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 and Talavera ceramics. Puebla has a mild climate year-round.

Staff Support:
•Each resident meets weekly with our 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 stocked 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
•Personal workspace with desk or table
•Access to special facilities (such as our partnered museums and other research facilities) provided

Term Length: 3 to 8 weeks during Spring or Summer 2018. Applicants nominate their own range of dates.
Fee: USD $529 per week.
Payment Deadlines: Deposit of 20% of Residency Fee due within 1 week of selection. Balance due by 90 days prior to residency start date. Fee reduction possible for optional full payment (vs. deposit/balance).

E-mail Chris at
Visit the Arquetopia website at
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.

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