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Peruvian Painting or Sculpture Instructional Residencies Spring & Summer 2018. Arquetopia. Cusco, Peru

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: Cusco, Peru

Deadline: 3 Dec, 2017

Duration: 3 weeks during Spring or Summer 2018 with option to extend for 1 to 9 more weeks as a self-directed Art Production Residency. Applicants nominate their own range of dates.

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

Support: Detailed at

Costs: Fee reduction possible. See below.


Program Description:

With master instruction, learn historic Peruvian art techniques, either Painting or Sculpture, in the Sacred Valley of the Incas of Cusco, Peru. Extendable 3-week sessions during Spring or Summer 2018.

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.

The Peruvian Arts Instructional Residencies acknowledge the rich heritage and complex history of the artistic traditions of Peru. From a wide variety of art techniques and splendid iconography, such as the remarkable use of gold leaf designs on painting in the brocateado (meaning "brocade," a style used to show luxurious cloth garments), and the use of local artistic traditions and the principles of polychrome sculpture, this residency offers two different programs each one with a specific focus in painting or sculpture. These programs offer a more nuanced perspective and comprehensive content, connecting a wide variety of contemporary art practices with Peru’s, and especially Cusco’s, vast artistic heritage.

Each program is offered at a term of 3 weeks and includes a 27-hour course of the chosen focus. Courses are taught by a Peruvian master artist/art restorer. Instruction is in Spanish.


Founded in 2009, Arquetopia is an internationally established, award-winning nonprofit arts and cultural foundation. 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.

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.

Like our other two residency spaces, Arquetopia Cusco incorporates a deeper comprehension of how art and the surrounding ecosystems, as well as the complex cultural heritage, is rooted in the sense of community.

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

The city of Cusco is accessible via two international airports in Cusco (CUZ) and Lima (LIM). Cusco was classified in 1972 as Cultural Heritage of the Peruvian Nation and declared UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. Located in the heart of the Central Peruvian Andes of South America at 3,400 m (11,155 ft) above sea level, the Cusco region extends into a fertile alluvial valley of approximately 20 km (12 mi), called the Sacred Valley of the Incas, an incomparable scenic and historical major destination.

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
+ 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
+ Shared bathrooms with modern fixtures and showers
+ Housekeeping
Studio Workspace:
+ 24-hour access to large, shared studio with generous natural light
+ Personal workspace with large table
+ Some tools provided
+ Materials and supplies for the instructional course provided
+ Materials and supplies for additional project production not included but available for purchase locally

Term Length: 3 weeks during Spring or Summer 2018, with option to extend for 1 to 9 more weeks as a self-directed Art Production Residency. Applicants nominate their own range of dates.
Fee: USD $835 per week. Optional Art Production Residency extension USD $695 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).

Contact 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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