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Natural Dyes Instructional Residency. All Sessions in 2018. Arquetopia. Cusco, Peru

Deadline: 27 May, 2018

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: 27 May, 2018

Duration: 3 weeks during 2018 with option to extend for 1 to 9 more weeks as a self-directed Art Production Residency. Applicants may 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 to create traditional Natural Dyes in the Sacred Valley of the Incas of Cusco, Peru. Extendable 3-week sessions during 2018.

APPLY NOW: Fee reduction possible. Spaces are limited. All residency applications are evaluated for selection when they are received versus after the deadline has passed.

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

The program includes hands-on instruction with cochineal (ranging from red to purple), añil (blue), and pericon (yellow) from Mexico, Tara and blue collpa (blue), and Q’olle flowers (yellow) from Peru, as well as a few tree barks and fruit skins to complete the color spectrum. This residency is a comprehensive program to learn the natural dyes tradition with specific ingredients corresponding to Cusco including resources for a better understanding of the complex culture of Peru and the history of its colors.

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 is environmentally conscious, continuing our commitment to
sustainability and nature. Our Peruvian chalet-style residency hosts up to four resident artists and writers at a time, with sweeping views of the mountains, Chicon glacier, and the little town, including local flora and fauna from the artist rooms. Conveniently located in the countryside village of Urubamba, in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, the residency is surrounded by rugged, beautiful mountains, outside of the touristy areas, only 50 minutes away from the center of Cusco.

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 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

Session Length: 3 weeks during 2018, with option to extend for 1 to 9 more weeks as a self-directed Art Production Residency. Applicants may nominate their own range of dates.
Fee/Payment: USD $749 per week (optional Art Production Residency extension USD $595 per week). Fee reduction possible; e-mail us.

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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