New Roots Foundation’s Art & Culture program promotes and strengthens Guatemalan participation in the visual arts, fosters international connections between cultures, and inspires dialogue and collaboration through creative spaces.
The New Roots Foundation artist residency brings emerging and established artists, curators, scholars, and cultural practitioners together to reflect, research, dialogue, create and share across diverse disciplines. The dedicated space for the artist residency at La Nueva Fábrica offers living quarters for residents, private studios, as well as ways they can direct or engage in public programs that take place at La Nueva Fábrica throughout the year. La Nueva Fábrica’s dynamic location offers artists the opportunity to draw inspiration from Antigua’s surroundings and immerse themselves in Guatemala’s rich history. The proximity and partnership with a neighboring textile atelier means artists have full access to all of the weaving resources: its expert staff, hand and mechanical looms, dyeing shop, carpentry and metalsmithing workshops.
PREVIOUS ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE
“LNF as an art space provided us with generous spatial, in-person, and material support, allowing us to create a large-scale piece that was unprecedented in our artistic careers.”
-Lake Verea, artists in residence 2017-2019
As an American landscape photographer, the New Roots Foundation Residency enabled me to expand the territory and breadth of my work while introducing a new culture with a rich history and strong community of contemporary artists.
-Victoria Sambunaris, artist in residence 2013
MEET OUR FIRST ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
Doña Paula Santos (1912-2015)
Doña Paula learned to weave at age 4 from her grandmother in her ancestral town of San Antonio Aguas Calientes. She was the mill's first artist in residence, living on site and collaborating with Mitchell Denburg on unique textiles for over three decades.
Through the support of New Roots Foundation, Doña Paula was able to find artistic expression within her craft, transforming the ancient designs of her village into innovative textiles with non-traditional colors and layouts.
Doña Paula lived to be 103 years old, and we at New Roots Foundation still take inspiration from her incredible work and long life.