Day of the Dead: Artist Residencies


Deadline:  August 15, 2016
Arquetopia Natural Pigments Instructional Artist Residency
Day of the Dead Festival and Harvest Holiday Special Sessions, Fall 2016
Oaxaca, Southern Mexico. Apply Now through Monday, August 15

For a limited time, we are now welcoming applications for Day of the Dead Festival special session, Fall 2016. With master instruction, learn to create traditional Mexican Textiles (back-strap weaving or embroidery) in the countryside of Oaxaca, southern Mexico.
Extendable 3-week terms.

Apply Now through Monday, August 15, 2016. Applications are evaluated for selection in the order received vs. after the deadline: http://www.arquetopia.org/our-artist-residencies/2014-10-12-17-29-20/mexican-textiles-residency


As practiced by the indigenous communities of Mexico, el Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) commemorates the transitory return to Earth of deceased relatives and loved ones. The festivities take place each year at the end of October to the beginning of November. Great care is taken with all aspects of the preparations, for it is believed that the dead are capable of bringing prosperity or misfortune upon their families depending on how the rituals are executed.

Inscribed 2008, Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity (originally proclaimed by UNESCO in 2003).

The Mexican Textiles Instructional Artist Residency is a production residency that includes 3 weeks of master instruction (27 hours total; 9 hours per week) in Mexican textiles techniques. Residents learn how to use the traditional back-strap loom, including how to assemble it, and basic weaving techniques; or they learn Mexican embroidery techniques for which we offer instruction in the following: cross-stitching, chain-stitching, shading, and pepenado hilván; or they learn tapestry techniques, using the large floor loom. Each technique is offered separately. Residents wishing to do multiple techniques may apply for consecutive residencies.


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 25 and over. Our programs are based on a non-exploitative model promoting social consciousness. Residents are strongly encouraged to explore various ways of cultural exchange as part of their artistic and/or research goals and to actively engage in critical discussions as part of their residency experience. Understanding Mexico’s context, and specifically Puebla and Oaxaca’s cultural complexity, is key for a successful cultural exchange. We welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds and disciplines who are interested in creating work or inspired by art, elements, techniques or processes specific to Mexico and/or unique to Puebla or Oaxaca.

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, 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.


  • Selection decisions are based on artistic work and proposed project. Candidates at all stages of their careers (emerging and established) must demonstrate a clear sense of potential.
  • Our pool of applicants and residents is diverse in all aspects.
  • Our residency programs are competitive opportunities for artists and researchers to pursue their own work, free of pressure (especially work that in their particular circumstances would normally be difficult to produce).
  • Selection priority is given to projects that explore a responsible connection between the applicant’s artistic practice and the cultural context of Mexico, of Puebla, or of Oaxaca. The connection can be as broad as an artistic technique or as specific as a local theme.

• The creation of community with fellow residents and staff during the residency period is important.

Weaving or Embroidery: Terms of 3 weeks. Tapestry: Terms of 4 weeks.
Option to extend for 1 to 9 more weeks as a self-directed Art Production Residency. Dates are not predetermined but are nominated by the applicant.
Technique Instruction:
  • Weaving or Embroidery includes 27 hours master instruction (9 hours per week)
  • Tapestry includes 36 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 the kitchen and dining room
  • Wireless Internet
  • Private bathrooms with modern fixtures and showers
  • Housekeeping
  • 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:
  • 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
E-mail info@arquetopia.org for fee and application deadlines for this program.
Opportunity posted on: August 2, 2016