ARCUS Project’s artist-in-residence program provides opportunities for emerging artists in the field of contemporary art to cultivate their artistic creativity and vision. Located around an hour from Tokyo, a residency at ARCUS Studio allows participants in the program to come into contact with the contemporary art scene in Japan as well as devote themselves to their creative endeavors in a calm environment while interacting with the local community. Through the support the program offers from its dedicated team of coordinators and regular tutorials with a curator, artists are able to search for and explore approaches in their practices and undertake new challenges in their artistic expression.
The program particularly emphasizes research-based practices and presents the initial results of these processes at open studios. It welcomes ideas for artworks and projects that develop out of encounters with people, the land, and culture, and aspire to form critical spaces that are open and international.
This is a process-based residency; there is no expectation or promise of an exhibition at the end of the program. Instead they ask the artists to hold Open Studios to interact with the visitors. There will also be opportunities to participate in public presentations at external venues, such as museums and art universities.
Each artist is provided with a furnished studio-style apartment that includes basic electric appliances near ARCUS Studio.
One classroom converted into a studio is provided for each artist. The studio area is 67.5 square meters (W:9 x D:7.5 x H:3.3 meters) and equipped with internet access (no computer) and air conditioning. The artist is required to bring/prepare the specific tools, equipment, computer, and software necessary for his/her artistic activities. Although minimum tools (e.g. drill, screwdriver, hammer, and saw, etc.) are available, studios are not equipped with professional facilities such as a workshop, studio for shooting, or editing room.
The residence program takes place in Moriya City, Ibaraki Prefecture. Moriya City is located at the southern edge of Ibaraki Prefecture, and about 40 km from Tokyo. Access from the local train station to central Tokyo is approximately 35 minutes by express train. It is a town with a population of approximately 60 thousand people.
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