Proposals Invited from Scottish Makers for British Council Residency in Mexico

The British Council, Applied Arts Scotland and Oax-i-fornia are inviting proposals from Scotland and Mexico-based designers to take part in a residency in Oaxaca, a region in Mexico famous for its craft traditions.

Crafting Futures Mexico is a three-week experimental collaboration that brings together a Scotland-based designer/maker, a Mexican designer, and two Oaxacan design graduates, to work with a select group of artisans in Oaxaca, Mexico to develop prototype products.

The residency will take place in November, and in the first phase residents will experience the culture of Oaxaca through guided visits to sites, institutions and informal meetings. The second phase begins with studying the existing body of work in the artisan’s studio, kicking off the creative process for the rest of the residency. An exhibition of the work will take place in a gallery in Oaxaca with possible venues in Mexico City and London (subject to further funding being secured).

Crafting Futures is a global British Council programme spanning over 10 countries and in 2019 the Crafting Futures Mexico programme will be expanded to include this Scotland-based residency delivered in partnership with Applied Arts Scotland.

A separate call has been issued for participants in a Scotland 2019 residency, taking place during September 2019 on the Isle of Lewis and in Braemar working with Mexican textile makers. You are welcome to apply to take part in one or both residencies. Selection for each residency will take place separately, and applicants may be selected for one or both opportunities.

Full details of the programme and how to apply can be downloaded below, if you have any difficulties doing this please email and request a copy.

Deadline for applications: 4pm (GMT) Wednesday 7 August 2019.

BC_Crafting Futures Mexico 2019_Brief for designers – MEXICO_final

BC_Crafting Futures Mexico 2019_Brief for designers – MEXICO_final

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