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Showcase Art Exhibition Residency. All Sessions in 2018. Arquetopia. Puebla, Mexico

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: Puebla, Mexico

Deadline: 27 May, 2018

Duration: 5 weeks during 2018. Applicants may nominate their own range of dates.

Eligibility: Emerging or mid-career artists, designers, and photographers; minimum age 22

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Costs: Fee reduction possible. See below.


Program Description:

Self-directed sessions of 5 weeks in 2018, culminating in a public gallery exhibition in the majestic historic district of Puebla.

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.

Contextualizing the artistic heritage of Puebla and understanding the development of its material culture is fundamental to comprehend modern and contemporary art in Mexico. The role of Puebla in the history of art is undeniable, especially considering the tradition of patronage and collecting, having such importance that several private art collections from Puebla became the foundation for the National Museum of Art and many other national cultural institutions. More than 18 museums, six important universities for visual arts, and a growing population of artists and art students call Puebla home. Through Arquetopia’s international Artist-in-Residence Programs, Puebla is becoming a hub for visual arts education and discussion.

The Arquetopia Showcase Program is committed to engaging contemporary art practices with local visual culture and critical perspectives through the exhibitions and public programs of Decentered Gallery Arquetopia. The Showcase Art Exhibition Residency aims to connect with the cultural artistic production of Puebla by engaging a greater community in the discussion of international contemporary art.

Decentered Gallery Arquetopia is designed as an exhibition space for open processes, critical dialogues, experimentation, and learning at the intersection of Arquetopia’s mission. It is a space to facilitate encounters through the visual arts and in different levels, with the goal of decentering contemporary artistic practices, and establishing connections between Arquetopia’s international community and the local production of art. Its mission is to generate open relationships between emerging and established, as well as local and international artists, and diverse audiences to open channels for the dissemination of critical ideas. The gallery’s annual program is comprised of four curated exhibitions, and a selection of open studios, lectures, round tables, and guided tours connected to Arquetopia’s international programs, generating critical dialogues and learning opportunities in connection with the diverse local communities.

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 academic 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 informative programs; a network of collaborative workspaces, institutions, and studios; and individualized project support.

>All residency projects should be research-based, engaging the critical texts provided by Arquetopia advisors. It is mandatory for the exhibition to establish a dialogue with the material culture of Puebla, including local public art collections, archives, narratives, and especially considering historical consciousness.
>Considering the focus of Decentered Gallery Arquetopia, all exhibitions will be presented as an open research process, and not as a product-based exhibition with a commercial focus.
>Knowing that each exhibition project is unique is not a requirement for the process/work to be for sale.
>Artists will engage with the local community by participating in the gallery’s public programs, including giving lectures, facilitating workshops, etc.
>All proposals should consider 1) the dimensions of the gallery; and 2) to preserve integrity of the space.

Decentered Gallery Arquetopia covers the exhibition mounting costs, digital publicity, and local press, and the opening reception. Production costs, including materials, are covered by the artist.

Session Length: 5 weeks during 2018. Applicants nominate their own range of dates.
Fee/Payment: USD $759 per week. Fee reduction possible; e-mail us.

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 via e-mail.

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