work of Simone Bodmer-Turner

work of Simone Bodmer-Turner



Pocoapoco is a multi-disciplinary, research-based residency in Oaxaca, Mexico offering time for retreat, a platform for creative exploration and space for a collective intelligence.  The residency hosts artists and non-artists in a wide variety of fields to support research, conversation and community surrounding creative work, process and purpose.

Oaxaca -- as a place, community and culture -- is at the heart of the residency.  We work closely with individuals and organizations in the surrounding area to encourage cross –cultural education, inspiration and personal exchange within each discipline and project in hopes of building a broader and more engaging creative dialogue across countries, cultures and fields of research.

Active observation, conversation and accumulation of knowledge are viewed as essential components of creative practice, with a balance of retreat and connection creating an optimal space for this work.

We aim to provide not only a temporary residency, but also a lasting and growing network of international artists, creatives, and thinkers.  

Each resident's approach varies — some use this as an opportunity to step back, slow down, and explore shifted or expanded perspectives within their current work.  Some dive in deeply to an already existing interest or project.  Others spend time investigating a topic far outside their habitual practice.    

Residences include lodging, amenities, and research support as well as bi-weekly meals with residents and local guests.  Events are based on participant and community interests and resources. 




Pocoapoco hosts 4-6 residents per month in our centrally located home in Oaxaca City.   

Independent residents work almost completely independently on their proposed project or research.  General research assistance, project development, orientation and local resources are available prior to the residency, upon arrival and through optional meetings with staff and partners. 

Residents meet one-on-one at the beginning and end of their stay to define goals for / reflect on their time at the residency.  Residents meet for weekly dinners and conversation with fellow residents, local partners and friends.  

We assist with project development and research as much as possible to create a platform of support, conversation, reflection and accessibility.  That said, all needs and desires are not always possible to access and the primary work does lie in the hands of resident themselves.  

Applicants are encouraged to consider (both on application and during their stay) their interaction with Oaxaca / the community during their time here, and to reflect on their role as a an artist or researcher learning and working in an alternative place and culture.  

All residents will have a chance to share their previous and / or current work / research during their stay with other residents and our partners. 

Independent residencies include varied participation in ongoing short-term residency events, lectures, discussions and dinners.  

PLEASE NOTE:  We do not facilitate artisan / designer production.  If you are interested in spending time researching or learning a craft or skill, you are more than welcome.  If you are a designer looking to have an artisan-made collection produced, please do not apply to this residency.  



July 9 - July 30 2018 

August 3 - August 17 2018 (two weeks) 

October 2 -  October 23, 2018

November 1- 22nd 2018

December 1-22 2018

January 7-28 2019

February 5 -26 2019

March 12-April 2 2019

April 9-30 2019 



Residents are housed in private apartments within a larger, beautifully renovated Oaxacan home, which includes a shared workspace and outdoor area.   Each apartment is of a different size and offers slightly different amenities which may be more or less beneficial to areas of work / study.  

apartment one has a bedroom with a separate dining / kitchen area and a small work table.  It has is a private bathroom, refrigerator, and camping stove.  This is recommended for those who would like a little more living or work space.  

apartment two is a private bedroom connecting to a private bath and a full kitchen area.  This is the best space for residents interested in cooking, though the large prep table can also be used for other types of work.  The kitchen connects to another large room (apartment 3) that is used as either another bedroom for collaborators or occasionally as a communal workspace, depending on the month's residents.  

apartment three is a large private bedroom connecting to a full kitchen area and a shared bath with apartment 2.   It is also used as a communal workspace when not occupied.  

*Apartment two & three are recommended for collaborating artists or for any artists who would like more space.  

apartment four is on the roof and opens onto the terrace.  It is a small single room with a private bathroom and small desk. It has a camping stove and a small fridge.  This is recommended for writers and researchers who do not need a large space for movement or creation, though the central work area is available for this.  

the "studio" is a live / workspace with ceiling high windows, elevated sleeping area, a massive worktable, sink, small kitchen area, and private bathroom.  This room faces onto the street and it can be noisy!  It does get a good amount of light.  This is recommended for residents with a studio practice or those who need more table / workspace.  



We encourage innovative and varying interests, projects and research topics.  

We encourage you to consider these questions upon application.   

Collaborators are welcome to apply together.  Please fill out individual applications for each resident / collaborator.  

We look forward to learning more about your work!  Contact or with any questions.   



Residency costs fall between $1000-$1500.  Although we are a small operation and cannot offer scholarships directly, we strongly encourage all interested applicants and accepted residents to look into outside resources SUCH AS THESE to fund their residency. 

Please contact for more information. 

We do offer limited funding opportunities to Mexican artists based in Mexico.    

50% deposit due upon confirmation of attendance.  Final deposit will be due one month before the program.  Deposits are non-refundable.

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