The 360 XOCHI QUETZAL Artist and Writer’s Residency Program is located on Lake Chapala, 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. 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!
CRITERIA: National and international visual artists, photographers, writers, playwrights, new media makers and musicians over the age of 23 are welcome to plan a personal residency. One of our live/work spaces can accommodate couples or two-person collaborative teams. We welcome residents at all stages of their professional life from emerging to well-established.
PERSONAL RESIDENCY PROGRAM: Depending on the time of year, we offer 2 – 4 live/work spaces for 2 weeks to 4 months. To apply, just check our website for descriptions and pictures of the spaces and available dates https://360xochiquetzal.com/rentals/. Send us a short paragraph about what you plan to work on and why you would like to attend at this time in your creative life. This is a perfect opportunity to finish a manuscript, prepare for a show, collect your thoughts, or plan your next body of work. Read of some of the interviews with creatives who have come to Chapala for a personal residency.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org (in English or Spanish) 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 2 – 6 months in advance. Plan ahead if you want to come in the winter, we are often booked a year in advance!
LIVE WORK SPACES:
LIVE WORK SPACES: Each space has a private entrance, fully-equipped kitchen, living room, bedroom, work area, full bathroom and patio. Your residency also includes free wi-fi, all utilities, laundry on the premises, weekly maid service and a 22-page Residency Handbook. See pictures and descriptions on our website: https://360xochiquetzal.com/Rentals
STUDIO SPACE AND EQUIPMENT: Our spaces are geared towards writers and visual artists. We provide work tables and wall space for visual artists, pinable walls for fiber artists, desks and free wi-fi for writers. There is a professional easel for painters. The Lopez Casita has two bedrooms and is more comfortable for couples or 2-person collaborative teams.
COSTS: You are responsible for your travel to and from Mexico. If you are traveling from a major city in the US, we suggest looking at Volaris and Air Alaska for discount rates to Guadalajara airport (GDL). It is easy and safe to take an airport taxi which costs $450 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, gifts and food shopping. International calls can be made via skype or by getting an international (US/Mexico/Canada) cell plan from ATT or Sprint. Food is inexpensive in Mexico, typically costing about $30/week US. Eating out is quite affordable with meals costing $4 – 15 US.
ROLLING DEADLINE: We accept letters of inquiry throughout the year for our Personal Residency program and reserve spaces on a first-come first-serve basis. Tell us briefly about what you plan to work on and why you need a residency at this time in your creative life. Include a link to your website or other social media platform.You may also write to us in either English or Spanish at email@example.com
MAILING LIST: To add your name, please click on the box at the top right of our webpage: www.360xochiquetzal.com We send out occasional newsletters featuring interviews with our visiting resident artists and profiles of local Mexican and ex-pat artists.
WHAT IS CHAPALA LIKE? In a word, charming. This is a small town with a population of 25,000. 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 5-month rainy season (June – Oct). Vendors pass by during the day hawking fresh strawberries, bottled water, and ice cream. Read more about Chapala on our website: https://360xochiquetzal.com/the-magic-of-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, galleries, cultural centers, 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 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, restaurants and buses.
HOUSE RULES: Your children and pets are not permitted (there are many bed and breakfast hotels nearby for visitors). Smoking, drugs and firearms are expressly prohibited.
ABOUT THE FOUNDER:
Since 2012, Deborah ‘Cobra’Kruger has been the founder and chief administrator of 360 Xochi Quetzal. She is also an internationally exhibiting artist. Her textile paintings using screen-printing and recycled materials are in private collections throughout North America.
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 identity, HIV status, marital status, disability, or veteran status.
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