The residency offers you a private, fully equipped live/work space, free wi-fi, weekly maid service, a food stipend of $1,000 pesos plus all utilities.
Transportation to and from Mexico, local transportation, food, laundry, entertainment. You can eat well for $25/week. Eating out is also affordable with meals costing $3 - 10.
You must submit your application through the CAFE website. Applications without work samples will not be considered (3 images for visual artists, 1 - 2 videos for musicians, 5-page double-spaced writing sample for writers, 10-page double-spaced sample for playwrights, 5-page single-spaced sample for poets). They do not accept email entries.
360 XOCHI QUETZAL is a year-round Artist & Writers Residency located on the Lake Chapala, Mexico. International artists, writers and musicians who would benefit from having uninterrupted time to devote to their creativity are encouraged to write and reserve a 1 - 4 month residency at the offered live/work spaces.
The main residency space is in a hacienda style home with individual bedrooms/work spaces and shared living/dining room space. There is a large studio which can be shared by two visual artists. They have one live/work space which has a private kitchen, living room, bedroom and full bathroom and is geared towards musicians and visual artists.
They provide large work tables and generous wall space for visual artists. Everyone has a desk and free wi-fi. They offer a professional easel for painters. Ceramic artists have access to the Cress sample kiln which can fire up to cone 6 and is suitable for small ceramic or metal clay pieces. The residency has a 33” floor loom for weavers.
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. The residency is at 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. 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.