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Natural Pigments Instructional Residency Nov 2017. Fee Reduction. Arquetopia. Oaxaca, Mexico

Deadline: 8 Oct, 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: Oaxaca, Mexico

Deadline: 8 Oct, 2017

Duration: Session dates November 6 to November 27, 2017 (3 weeks). Special fee reduction.

Eligibility: Emerging or mid-career artists, minimum age 22

Support: Detailed at

Costs: Fee reduction; see below


Program Description:

With master instruction, learn to create and use a variety of Natural Pigments in the countryside of Oaxaca. Extendable 3-week session during November 2017.
Session dates November 6 to November 27, 2017 (3 weeks). Special fee reduction.

Apply Now Through Sunday, October 8, 2017.
Spaces are limited. Our selection committee evaluates all residency applications when they are received vs. after the deadline.

Note: The focus of this instructional residency is fiber dyeing; the curriculum is not applicable to making inks or paints.

This is a production residency that includes 3 weeks of master instruction (27 hours total; 9 hours per week) in diverse techniques from Oaxaca which vary depending on the supporting fiber; the options are wool, silk, and paper. Residents learn preparations and traditional recipes to prepare and use natural dyes, mordents, and fixatives.

The program includes hands-on instruction with cochineal, añil, and pericon, as well as a few tree barks and fruit skins to complete the color spectrum. This residency is comprehensive program to learn the natural dyes tradition of Oaxaca including resources for a better understanding of the complex culture of Mexico and the history of our colors.

Our 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 22 and over. Our programs are based on a non-exploitative model promoting 
social consciousness.

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 elsewhere, 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.

Founded in 2009, Arquetopia is an internationally established, award-winning nonprofit arts and cultural foundation with a social scope emphasizing critical thinking through artistic practices. Our Artist-in-Residence Programs are the largest and most reputable in Mexico and Latin America, 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’s complexity in context and incorporating nuances in narratives and interpretation of Mexico’s 3,000-year heritage of visual culture. Since its founding, Arquetopia has raised the bar in the residency field, becoming a reference to every residency program in Mexico and influencing most of them in approaching artmaking with more rigorous practices, critical perspectives, and high standards.

In renewing our commitment to sustainability and nature, we honor Oaxaca’s traditions by incorporating into our residency a deeper comprehension of how art and the surrounding ecosystem coexist harmonically.

Our alpine-style villa hosts up to four artists at a time, with sweeping mountain and city views from the artist rooms.

Technique Instruction:
•27 hours master instruction (9 hours per week)
Staff Support:
•Each resident meets weekly with our staff for individualized research assistance/resources, project guidance, and critiques
Accommodation, Meals, and Local Transportation:
•Furnished, private bedroom
•Meals and 24-hour access to stocked kitchen and dining room
•Wireless Internet
•Private bathrooms with modern fixtures and showers
•Though cheap, everyday public transportation is also available from the residency vicinity into the city, Arquetopia provides scheduled transportation into downtown Oaxaca twice per week by van
Studio Workspace and Materials:
•Individual live/work space with natural light provided with table or desk
•24-hour access to larger, shared studio with generous natural light
•Personal workspace with large table
•Materials and supplies for the instructional course provided
•Materials and supplies for additional project production not included but available for purchase locally

Dates: November 6 to November 27, 2017, with option to extend for 1 week as a self-directed Art Production Residency.
Fee: USD $730 per week. Optional Art Production Residency extension of 1 week offered at special reduced fee of USD $295.

Contact Chris at
Visit the Arquetopia website at
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.

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