CUSCO, PERU – Pre-Columbian Ceramics Instructional Residency: Spring & Summer 2020
From a Peruvian master instructor, learn Pre-Columbian Ceramics techniques in the spectacular Sacred Valley of the Incas, in Cusco, Peru. Extendable 5-week sessions during Spring or Summer 2020.
Now Welcoming Applications through Sunday, December 1, 2019
Apply Now: Spaces are limited. Residency applications are evaluated for selection priority when they are received vs. after the deadline has passed.
PRE-COLUMBIAN CERAMICS INSTRUCTIONAL RESIDENCY
Ceramic art and traditions in Mexico and Peru date back from at least 13,000 BC, reaching their peak with the most advanced civilizations in Mesoamerica and were considered one of the highest and most regarded forms of arts. The European invasion and conquest of the Americas severely affected the styles, decoration, forms, and techniques of native traditions; however, some pottery forms have survived intact until this day, including comals, molcajetes (grinders), some basic cooking bowls and utensils, as well as censers. While some traditional pre-Hispanic style ware was still produced in the early colonial period, its quality and aesthetics declined dramatically. The importation of European and Asian artifacts also influenced the ceramic styles in decoration and techniques, contributing to the flourish of new complex traditions.
Most of the techniques of pre-Columbian wares are not glazed but rather burnished and painted with colored fine clay slips, incorporating color by adding mineral pigments, which could be applied before and/or after firing. Building techniques include molding by pressing the clay against pre-existing shapes or molds, and sometime using slip casting with relief decorations. There are many known methods of decoration used in pre-Columbian pottery including pressing designs into the clay with textiles, using stamps, pressing shells and sharp tools, etc. Local clay bodies continue to be used for traditional ceramic in Mexico and Peru with no additives, which makes the ceramic arts diverse, rich, and complex in traditions, styles, techniques, and qualities.
The Pre-Columbian Ceramics Instructional Residency acknowledges the rich history of ceramics in Peru by incorporating the knowledge of local building techniques, materials, and styles. The 5-week program includes 4 weeks of master instruction (36 hours total; 9 hours per week) to learn the stylistic possibilities of the pre-Columbian ceramic traditions of Peru, followed by two weeks of continued, self-directed production. The program comprises hands-on instruction with diverse clay bodies from the region of Cusco. Instruction is in Spanish focusing in learning and experimentation with traditional techniques including burnishing, clay slips, pressing techniques, and traditional carvings. This residency is a comprehensive program to learn about the pre-Hispanic ceramic traditions of Peru, focusing with a material experimentation, and including resources for a better understanding of the history and cultural context of ceramics in the region.
OUR ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAMS
Our customized International 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 20 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 or Peru’s context and 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 or Peru.
Arquetopia is distinguished worldwide for its array of unique, customized 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 individualized project support.
TESTIMONIALS FROM OUR PAST RESIDENT ARTISTS
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
- 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).
- The creation of community with fellow residents and staff during the residency period is important.
Founded in 2009, Arquetopia is an internationally established, award-winning nonprofit arts and cultural foundation with a social scope that emphasizes critical thinking through artistic practices. Our academic International Artist-in-Residence Programs are the largest and most reputable in Latin America, with an array of contents anchored in a solid structure of collaborations with prominent cultural institutions, renowned experts, and notable artists. We are invested in approaching art and art history with a critical perspective by understanding Mexico and Peru’s complexity in context and incorporating nuances in narratives and interpretation especially of the 3,000-year heritage of visual culture of these two countries. Since its founding, Arquetopia has raised the bar in the residency field, becoming a reference to every residency program in Latin America and influencing most of them in approaching artmaking with more rigorous practices, critical perspectives, and high standards.
Our residency space in Cusco, Peru is environmentally conscious, continuing our commitment to sustainability and nature, and conveniently located in the town of Urubamba in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Surrounded by rugged beautiful mountains, Urubamba sits next to the Urubamba river and historically has been a transportation hub. Near the Maras Salt Mines dating back from the Inca times, Urubamba architecture dates back to the 16th century and was declared Province in 1825.
Like our other two residency spaces, Arquetopia Peru incorporates a deeper comprehension of how art and the surrounding ecosystems, as well as the complex cultural heritage, are rooted in the sense of community. Arquetopia’s residency spaces continue to be open for dialogue, exchanges, and encounters while emphasizing our commitment to reducing our carbon footprint, reusing materials, and recycling waste.
Our Peruvian Chalet-style residency hosts up to four resident artists and writers at a time, with sweeping mountain views of the Chicon glacier and views of the little town, including local flora and fauna from the artist rooms. Conveniently located in Urubamba, very close to our local artists/instructors and partnered institutions, the space accommodates the sleeping, living, and workspace for up to four artists-in-residence. In this countryside space, the intersection of art, history, culture, and nature set the tone for reflection, research and production. We welcome artists and writers who are interested in developing projects with non-toxic techniques and seeking a deeper connection with the community, the historical context, and the environment. Artists are also encouraged to participate in diverse activities such as field trips, cycling, and hiking.
Our residents enjoy a safe and peaceful environment, as well as the mild weather that the Sacred Valley of the Incas provides. The residency center is conveniently located in the countryside village of Urubamba, outside of the touristy areas, and only 50 minutes away from the center of the city of Cusco and 15 minutes away from the Ollantaytambo train station that serves the renowned archeological site of Machu Picchu. Cheap, everyday public transportation is also available from the residency vicinity in different directions and to various destinations.
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. The City of Cusco was remodeled and redesigned in the 15th century after a pre-Inca occupation process of over 3,000 years, under the Tawantinsuyu Inca Empire. After the conquest of the Spaniards in the 16th century when the city was destroyed, the basic structure of buildings was used to construct Baroque churches and palaces over the ruins of the Inca city, such as the Temple of the Sun (Qoricancha), the Aqllahuasi, the Sunturcancha, the Kusicancha and a series of very finely finished buildings that shaped the Inca compounds. As a result, a local baroque style was developed creating a unique and high quality mixed configuration of architecture and art representing the initial juxtaposition and fusion of different periods and cultures, as well as the city’s historic continuity.
A New York Times article in 2017 named Cusco as “Breathtaking (in More Ways than One).” Cusco is included in the World’s Best Cities in 2016 list by Travel+Leisure.
WHAT THIS COMPREHENSIVE RESIDENCY PROGRAM INCLUDES
Our residencies are academically oriented professional programs that are customized to each artist-in-residence. Our programs include weekly meetings with our directorial and curatorial staff for individualized research assistance and resources, project guidance, and critique; 24-hour access to shared studio with personal workspace, large tables, and some tools; and wireless Internet; furnished, private accommodation and use of shared indoor and outdoor common spaces; home-cooked meals, locally grown coffee, and stocked kitchen for 24-hour resident access; shared bathrooms with modern fixtures and showers; utilities and housekeeping. For the instructional residencies we offer, the instruction our residents receive from the Peruvian master artists we contract is funded directly from the residency tuition fee, and materials and supplies for these instructional courses are included. Arquetopia provides carefully detailed trip preparation materials, arrival transportation instructions, and orientation materials to all incoming residents. Arquetopia Peru staff provides Cusco airport pickup and dropoff transportation on the scheduled start and end date of the residency.
- 36 hours master instruction during the first 4 weeks (9 hours per week)
- Each resident meets weekly with our directorial/curatorial 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, Meals, and Airport Transportation:
- Furnished, private bedroom
- Meals and 24-hour access to stocked kitchen and dining room
- Wireless Internet
- Shared bathrooms with modern fixtures and showers
- Pickup and dropoff provided at Cusco airport
- 24-hour access to large, shared studio with natural light
- Personal workspace with large table
- Some tools provided
- Access to special facilities (such as our partnered museums and studios) provided
- Materials and supplies for the instructional course provided
- Materials and supplies for additional project production not included but available for purchase locally
RESIDENCY PROGRAM TUITION, DATES, AND TERMS
Session Length: 5 weeks during Spring or Summer 2020, with option to extend for 1 to 7 more weeks as a self-directed Art Production Residency. Dates are not predetermined; applicants may nominate their own approximate range of start dates.
Program Tuition: USD $659 per week (USD $3295 for the 5 weeks). Optional Art Production Residency extension USD $595 per week. Deposit of 25% of Residency Program Tuition due within 1 week of selection. Tuiton balance due by 90 days prior to residency start date. Partial tuition waiver options; e-mail us.
HOW TO APPLY
E-mail Chris at firstname.lastname@example.org
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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