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Oaxaca, Mexico – All Residency Programs for Artists & Writers (Self-Guided or With Master Instruction) – All Dates 2021, 2022 & 2023

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Now in its twelfth year, Arquetopia Foundation https://www.arquetopia.org is a multiple award-winning nonprofit arts and cultural foundation with a social scope that is internationally established on three continents. Our mission emphasizes critical thinking, a commitment to reciprocity, and a sense of ethics at the core of all artistic practices. Our customized, professional International Artist-in-Residence Programs https://www.arquetopia.org/residencies-general-info are among the largest and most reputable worldwide. All of our multinational artist residency programs are unique, with an array of content anchored in local knowledge, critical academic perspectives, and a solid structure of collaborations with prominent cultural institutions, renowned experts, and notable artists. Our residency sites are located in four distinct cultural regions selected for their historical importance, influence and artistic contribution to the world: Puebla and Oaxaca in Mexico, Cusco in Peru, and Naples in southern Italy.

What Makes this event different?

Considering how dominant visual culture has contributed to the invention of Mexico, Peru, and Italy in popular imagination, at Arquetopia, we are constantly exploring local epistemologies and cultures of resistance as a source of knowledge to contribute to social change. We are invested in approaching creative practices with critical perspectives to challenge all preconceived notions of “history” and “place,” and through the use of dynamic language, we question the idea of the body as a fixed identity. Through the years, we have successfully created a generous space where different perspectives meet and address important questions on the legacy of art history and the current state of the world. We are proud to have established through our multiple residency programs a generous and culturally diverse space by hosting every year artists, scholars, and researchers from the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. Our experience has been enriched by the multiplicity of perspectives of more than 750 of our resident artists and writers who have come from all regions of the world and more than 95 countries. Our residency programs offer competitive professional opportunities for emerging and mid-career, national and international artists, designers, curators, art historians, art educators, writers, journalists, and cultural researchers age 20 and over. Arquetopia is distinguished worldwide for its array of unique residency programs with substantial content. 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 personalized project support.

Arquetopia Oaxaca International Artist Residency – Oaxaca, Mexico


All Residency Programs for Artists & Writers (Self-Guided or With Local Master Instruction)

All Dates in 2021, 2022 & 2023


Apply Now through Sunday, June 27, 2021. Spaces are limited. Residency applications are evaluated for selection as they are received vs. after the deadline has passed.

Website:  https://www.arquetopia.org/open-calls-deadlines

E-mail  info@arquetopia.org for more information.


For profiles, feedback and testimonials from many of our outstanding past resident artists, art historians, and writers, don’t miss this page on our website: Arquetopia Foundation: Our Resident Artists  https://www.arquetopia.org/our-resident-artists

Arquetopia Oaxaca is now welcoming applications for the following residency programs in the open countryside of Oaxaca, Mexico for all dates in 2021, 2022, and 2023. Click on each link below for program info on our website.





A. Art, Design, or Photography Residency.

Flexible sessions of 3 to 12 weeks; various techniques supported.


B. Writers Residency.


Flexible sessions of 3 to 8 weeks.




ALL DATES IN 2021, 2022 & 2023


C. Mexican Jewelry & Silversmithing Instructional Residency.


Learn jewelrymaking and silversmithing from a Mexican master, with time for independent production. Extendable sessions of 3 weeks.


D. Mexican Textiles Instructional Residencies: Weaving, Embroidery, or Tapestry.

Learn traditional Mexican Textiles (back-strap Weaving, Embroidery, or Tapestry) from a Mexican master, with time for independent production. Extendable sessions of 3 or 4 weeks.


E. Natural Ink Silkscreen Instructional Residency.

Learn to create and use a variety of Natural Inks from a Mexican master, specifically for silkscreening, with time for independent production. Extendable sessions of 3 weeks.


F. Natural Pigments Instructional Residency.

Learn to create and use a variety of Natural Pigments from a Mexican master, specifically for fiber dyeing, with time for independent production. Extendable sessions of 3 weeks.




Visit the Arquetopia Foundation website at  https://www.arquetopia.org

E-mail us at  info@arquetopia.org
Complete and submit the Arquetopia Artist-in-Residence Online Application Form  https://www.arquetopia.org/residency-application, following the instructions on the web page.

Following selection, applicants are notified immediately via e-mail. 

Arquetopia is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our diverse local and international community. Arquetopia’s resident artist and staff backgrounds vary in all aspects. As part of Arquetopia’s mission is to promote diversity, Arquetopia actively fights discrimination by offering access to its programs and activities without regard to race, color, gender or gender expression, national origin, age, religion, creed, or sexual orientation.


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