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.

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.  

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.   

Residency structure is based on length of stay.  All residences include lodging, amenities, and research support as well as various lectures, events and meals. Events are based on participant and community interests and resources.



Pocoapoco hosts 3-7 independent residents / month.  

Independent residents work, as noted, almost completely independently on their proposed project or research.  General research assistance, project development, orientation and local resources are provided prior to the residency, upon arrival and through optional weekly meetings with the program director and partners.   All current residents meet weekly for a group dinner. 

Each independent resident spends one evening sharing previous and / or current work / research with our community in Oaxaca.   

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

Projects are documented and promoted through Pocoapoco site, social media and forthcoming catalog.

All upcoming and former residents are included in and invited to forthcoming residency events, collaborations and gatherings in various locations around the US.    

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



January (FULL)

February 9- March 9, 2018  (FULL)

March 21 - April 18, 2018 (FULL)

May 3 - 31st, 2018

June 3 - July 1, 2018

July 4 -August 1, 2018

August 5- September 2, 2018



Residents are housed in private apartments within a larger, beautifully renovated Oaxacan home, along with the program director. There is also a shared studio / workspace and outdoor area.  

apartment 1, 2 and 3 are on the first level.

apartment 1 has a bedroom with a separate dining / kitchen area.  It has is a private bathroom, refrigerator, and camping stove. 

apartments 2 & 3 are large individual bedrooms sharing a full kitchen and bathroom between them.  

apartment 4 is on the roof and opens onto the terrace.  It is a small single room with a private bathroom. It has a camping stove and a small fridge.  

The "studio" is a shared workspace with ceiling high windows, a large worktable, sink, kitchen area, and bathroom. 

** Airport pick-up and optional travel assistance included.  



apartment one(bedroom + kitchen / dining area)  //  Full month / $1600, Two weeks / $950

apartment two   (bedroom + shared bathroom / kitchen with Apartment two)  // Full month / $1000, Two weeks / $700

apartment three (bedroom + shared bathroom / kitchen with Apartment three) // Full month / $1000, Two weeks / $700

apartment 4 (small single room studio on the roof )  // Full month / $1400, Two weeks / $800

apartment 2/3 together (for collaborators) //   Full month / $2000, Two weeks / $1200

**Travel to and from Oaxaca not included



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

Contact with any questions.   

Collaborators are welcome.

We look forward to learning more about your work!