Artist Residency in Lima


The residency allows twelve early career artists to undertake a ten week-long intensive program at the Cotto Ceramic Studio in Lima, Perú.

About the Residency

Cotto’s Studio Residency Program provides a unique opportunity for these artists to research and produce new ceramic projects under the guidance of the Cotto Studio advisors/directors, expand their practice by exploring local materials, and develop new professional networks. The paid program covers a fully-equipped shared pottery studio, production materials including clays, glazes and oxides, kiln firings, feedback and assistance from our team of specialized ceramicists (complete equipment and resource list here).

About Cotto Ceramic Studio

Cotto was founded in 2006, focusing on the production of designed homeware pieces, working with many of Lima’s leading restaurants. By 2013 the studio had begun to introduce aspects of training, advice and research around ceramic techniques and materials. Since then, Cotto has collaborated in the production, research and realization of art works for local and international exhibitions.

Located in the Barranco district, artists are given the opportunity to experience one of Lima’s most vibrant neighborhoods with easy access to accommodation, art galleries, theaters, transportation, supermarkets and inexpensive restaurants.

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Applications are open to all ceramicists and visual artists from across the world. We are looking for emerging or midcareer artists who will benefit from the explorative possibilities of working with Cotto’s staff, dialogue and bonding between residents and Cotto’s community of artists, and access to Cotto’s professional ceramic studio.

Successful applicants will be chosen based on the quality of their past work, investigative merits of their proposed project and viability of their participation.


Successful artists must be available for travel to Lima, for their ten-week residency period. Cotto offers four residency periods within 2018:

1. Monday 15th January 2018 – Sunday 25th March 2018
2. Monday 9th April 2018 – Sunday 17th June 2018
3. Monday 9th July 2018 – Sunday 16th September 2018
4. Monday 1st October 2018 – Sunday 9th December 2018

Three artists are invited for each residency period.

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To apply for the Cotto Residency Program please complete the online application form by midnight, Saturday 14 October 2017 (UTC-5). Here you will be asked to submit the following:

A short biography (maximum 50 words).
A statement of interest detailing why you would like to participate in the Studio Program and how you will benefit from the experience (maximum 400 words).
A current CV (maximum 1 page).
Support material in the format of a PDF document with 10 images and captions. Please supply any video content as a URL web link (10 minutes max).
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Preference of dates (4 possible choices).

Applications can be made in English or Spanish. All applications are to be made through our online form, please do not send us applications via email or original material via post.


Please include captions and explanations where appropriate. Please do not send individual files.

Video material must be uploaded to a website and URL should be supplied for viewing.

Please submit support material which has been completed in the last four years.


The 10-week Cotto Studio Residency Program fee is USD $1300.

This fee includes access to the shared studio facility, production materials including clays, glazes and oxides, kiln firings, guidance from Cotto studio advisors and facilitation of open studio event. Further details about the studios production materials, kilns and other resources can be found here.

The cost of the Cotto Ceramic Studio Residency does not include accomodation. We are happy however to assist you in locating suitable accomodation for your particular needs and budget close by to the studio.

Please, note that, since Cotto does not have governmental or private support, it is not within its possibilities to offer grants at this moment. Artists are encouraged to apply for independent sponsors and we will provide invitation letters and guidance to cooperate with artists´ necessary fund raising and any other documentation needed.


Artists are responsible for obtaining necessary visas for entry into Peru and appropriate travel/medical insurance.

Artists are responsible for the transportation of any equipment or artwork to/from the Studio Program.

Artists will be asked to sign an agreement that outlines the terms of the program.


If you have any questions, just send us an email.

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