The 360 XOCHI QUETZAL Artist and Writer’s Residency Program is located in Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico on the shores of the largest lake in the country where the perfect year-round climate and stunning lake and mountain views have long established the region as an international artist mecca. We now offer four live/work spaces. Residents will be inspired by the natural beauty, history and culture of this special part of central Mexico. Chapala is located 25 minutes from Guadalajara 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!
MISSION: Our aim is to support artists, writers and musicians who would benefit from having uninterrupted time to devote to their creativity. By providing free housing and five gourmet meals per week, we hope that our residents can make artistic progress without the stress and distractions of daily life.
CRITERIA: National and International visual artists, photographers, dancers, writers, playwrights, new media makers and musicians over the age of 23 are welcome to apply for the competitive residency. We base our selections on artists who demonstrate artistic accomplishment, submit a well-conceived residency project, indicate that this residency will make a significant impact and provide evidence of the self-reliance required for a residency in the developing world. Two-person collaborative teams are also encouraged to apply.
JURORS: There is a team of 3 jurors who evaluate all the applications. Read more about them in JURORS.
RESIDENCY DATES: Winter residency: New resisendcy date will be announced in January 2018. Additional residencies will be announced to our mailing list. To add your name, please click on the box at the top of our webpage: www.360xochiquetzal.com. You may also write to us in either English or Spanish at firstname.lastname@example.org
WINTER DEADLINE AND NOTIFICATION: The 2017 Residents will be announced shortly. The deadline for 2018 will be announced to our mailing list in January. Please join our mailing list to receive updates about deadlines and other opportunities.
APPLICATION GUIDELINES: You MUST submit your application through the CAFE website: www.callforentry.org Applications without work samples will not be considered. Applicants can upload 3 images for Visual Artists, 1 -2 videos/audios for Musicians, and a 5-page writing sample for Writers (10 pages for Playwrights). Please familiarize yourself with CAFE which is a great website with many other artist listings and opportunities (see specifications below for more details). We do not accept email entries.
ONE-MONTH RESIDENCY APPLICATION FEE AND DISCOUNT: The application fee for the competitive one-month residency is $39.00. Take advantage of our 20% Early Bird Discount for applications received before June 25, 2017. Artists who are re-applying for one-month qualify for a $9 discount using our Coupon Codes. Only one discount will apply. You can download more information about Fees and Discounts from our website: DISCOUNTS
APPLICATION SPECIFICATIONS: You may download more information about how to apply a Discount Code, How to Check Out and file specifications for video and writing submissions on our website: http://360xochiquetzal.com/how-to-apply/
RESIDENCY AWARD: Winners of the competitive residency receive a free live/work space for one month. Two writing residents will reside in the main residency house, which is in a hacienda style home with individual bedrooms/work spaces and shared living/dining room space. We have several live/work spaces a few doors away that have a private kitchen, living room, bedroom and full bathroom and are geared towards musicians and visual artists. Your residency also includes free wi-fi, all utilities, laundry on premises, weekly maid service and a 27 page Residency Handbook.
OUR NEW GUEST CHEF PROGRAM: The guest chef (who will be announced at the end of the summer), will develop menus based on locally available fruits, vegetables and meats. Residents will not only be able to look forward to exciting and innovative meals, but also be relieved of time in the kitchen, enabling them to focus more time on their work. We are extremely excited to be able to add this benefit to our residency program.
COSTS: You are responsible for your travel to and from Mexico. It is easy and safe to take an airport taxi which will cost $400 pesos to Chapala. Download driving directions from our Facebook Page: 360 Xochi Quetzal (join us too!). You will also need to pay for your local transportation, entertainment and some additional food. International calls can be made via skype or by getting a local cell plan from IUSAcell (ATT affiliate). Food is inexpensive in Mexico, typically costing about $20/week US. Eating out is quite affordable with meals costing $3 – 10 US.
STUDIO SPACE AND EQUIPMENT: For both personal and competitive residencies, we provide work tables and wall space for visual artists, desks and free wi-fi for writers. There is a professional easel for painters. Our Lower Casita has a Cres sample kiln for ceramic artists, which can fire up to con 6 and is suitable for small ceramic or metal clay pieces. There is a 33 inch floor loom in our Middle Casita for weavers.
NEW RENTAL PROGRAM (design your own residency): If our competitive residency dates do not work for your schedule or if you do not win this year, consider renting one of our live/work spaces for 1-6 months. You do not have to apply through CAFE, just check our website for descriptions and pictures of the spaces and available dates. PERSONAL RESIDENCY OVERVIEW This is a perfect opportunity to finish a manuscript, prepare for a show, collect your thoughts, plan your next body of work. Read some of the interviews with creatives who have come to Chapala for a personal residency. Email us at email@example.com and let us know what month(s) you want to come and we will start the reservation process. We take reservations on a first come first serve basis and we are usually booking 6 months in advance. Plan ahead if you want to come in the winter.
WHAT IS CHAPALA LIKE? In a word, charming. Chapala is a small town with a population of 22,000 (Focus on Mexico). You will hear horses trotting along the cobblestone boulevard in the morning on their way to the stables. Cowboys ride by using their cell phones. Birdsong accompanies you throughout the day. In the winter, thousands of white pelicans entertain us on the lake. Trees blaze with psychedelic color year round. The mountains turn green during our 4 month rainy season (June – Sept). Vendors pass by during the day hawking fresh strawberries, bottled water, and ice cream. Read more about Lake Chapala
FUN: All live/work spaces are walking distance to a park with a running track, pool, tennis courts and walking trails. We 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 with average daytime temperatures in the 70s. Other nearby 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, work and the residency houses are secure.
MISC: Although speaking a little Spanish will make your time here more culturally integrated, you do not need to speak the language to get what you need. You are just a 5 minute walk from many stores and restaurants.
HOUSE RULES: Competitive residents may be able to invite your spouse/significant other depending on our accommodations; check with us before making plans. If there is space, we charge a $200/month surcharge per guest prorated for the length of their visit. Your children and pets are not permitted (there are many bed and breakfast hotels nearby for visitors). Smoking, drugs and firearms are expressly prohibited.
ARRIVALS AND CHECKOUT: Arrivals: Please adhere to the arrival and departure dates in you confirmation; Chick-in no later than 8pm. Please send us your complete itinerary once you have booked your flights. Check-out: 1pm on your departure date.
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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