The 360 XOCHI QUETZAL Artist and Writers Residency Program is located in Chapala, Mexico on the shores of the largest lake in Mexico where the perfect year-round climate and stunning lake and mountain views have long established the region as an international artist mecca. Three residents will be chosen for each residency. We encourage applications from visual artists, writers, new media makers and musicians. Residents will be inspired by the natural beauty, history and culture of this special part of central Mexico. Chapala is located 25 minutes from an international airport and 45 minutes from Guadalajara, one of the largest cities in Mexico boasting abundant cultural resources: museums, galleries, theatre and artist supplies. Xochi Quetzal is the Aztec goddess of creativity and fertility and protector of artisans. She is sure to inspire you during your stay!
ARTIST/MUSICIAN STUDIO: There is a large work table and a 16 ft long x 8 ft high work wall for visual artists. The adjoining bathroom doubles as a cleaning area. The studio also has a desk and there is free wi-fi. Plein air painters and artists who draw have endless access to warm, outdoor beauty. There is a spinet piano downstairs for musicians.
ARTIST/MUSICIAN LIVING SPACE: We offer a beautiful home with kitchen and living room downstairs and your bedroom and a spacious studio upstairs. There are also 2.5 bathrooms.
WRITERS STUDIO AND LIVING SPACE: We now offer a second residency specifically for writers. You will have a ground floor studio apartment within view of the malecon. Your residence has a large bedroom with french doors that open to your private patio, a living/writing space, kitchen and full bathroom. There is free wi-fi in the studio and also outdoors on the malecon.
FUN: You are walking distance to a park with a running track, pool, tennis courts and walking trails. You are also 5 minutes from the malecon, a park-like promenade that runs along the lake for a mile. The lake is surrounded by hundreds of mountains and you will enjoy spectacular sunsets almost every night. The weather is sunny 300 days a year and temps average in the 70s. Other activities include hiking, dancing and thermal springs.
COMMUNITY: Chapala and nearby Ajijic have dozens of cafes and galleries, art openings, and hundreds of artists to connect or study with. Everything you need is within walking distance and our bus service is frequent and inexpensive. This is a safe place to live and work and the house is secure.
FEES: This is a free one-month residency. Your residency offers you free wi-fi, weekly maid service, a food stipend of $1,000 pesos and all utilities. You will only be responsible for your laundry, local transportation, entertainment and additional food. International calls can be made via skype. You are responsible for your travel to and from the Guadalajara International airport, which is just 25 minutes from Chapala. Depending on your arrival and departure times, Alberto may be able to pick you up and take you to the airport. If not, we will arrange for an airport taxi which will cost $450 – 500 pesos each way.
MISC: Although speaking a little Spanish will make your time here more culturally integrated, you do not have to speak the language to get around and get what you need. Food is inexpensive here in Mexico, typically costing about $20/week US. Eating out is quite affordable with meals costing $3 – 10 US. You are just a 5 minute walk from many stores and restaurants.
HOUSE RULES: Your spouse/significant other is welcome to join you. Your children, guests and pets are not permitted (there are many bed and breakfast hotels nearby for visitors). Smoking and firearms are expressly prohibited.
ELIGIBILITY: We base our selections on artists who demonstrate artistic accomplishment, a well-conceived residency project, indication that this residency will make a significant impact and evidence of the self-reliance required for a residency in the developing world. National and international visual artists, photographers, writers and new media creatives over the age of 25 are welcome to apply.
RESIDENCY DATES: The Spring residency runs May 1 – May 31, 2014. There is some flexibility with the dates. We will be expanding our residency schedule. Please let us know if you want to be notified about the upcoming residencies by writing to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
APPLICATION, DISCOUNTS and SPECIFICATIONS: Our on-line application is now available on CAFÉ. The application fee is $36.00 and if you apply to both residencies, there is a $12 discount. Artists who are re-applying also qualify for a $12 discount. Only one discount will apply. For a list of discounts and specifications, download: Download COUPON CODES AND DISCOUNTS FOR WEBSITE Please familiarize yourself with CAFE which is a great website with many other artist listings https://www.callforentry.org/
DEADLINE AND NOTIFICATION: Applications through CAFÉ will be accepted now through Midnight Mountain time January 18, 2014 for the Spring Residency. Applicants will be notified no later than February 2, 2014 (see Discount Information above). We plan to offer additional summer residencies as well as a Winter residency Dec/Jan 2014 and will post all of these dates as they firm up.
APPLICATION GUIDELINES: Applications without work samples will not be considered (3 images for Visual Artists, 2 videos for Musicians, 5 page writing sample for Writers.
NON-DISCRIMINATION: 360 Xochi Quetzal encourages applications from artists of all backgrounds and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, national origin, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, HIV status, marital status, disability, or veteran status.
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