Additional expenses for studio supplies or materials are not available.
The Artist-In-Residence Program of ARCUS Project aims to support the artistic activities of emerging artists and was launched in 1994 by Ibaraki Prefectural Government as its main organizer. In its 23 years history, ARCUS has invited 97 artists from 31 countries/regions, and supported their artistic projects and researches during the residence. The center is interested in proposals which do not regard final presentation as a goal. They are interested in artists that conduct site-specific research projects within a certain period of time. It is expected that this research is being shared with the public in a certain way. The proposed projects are supposed to be temporary works with which the applied area can be returned to its original state. Since their program is aimed at promoting international exchanges, applicants should possess nationality of a country other than Japan. Not more than one artist will be selected from one country/region.
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 will be provided with a furnished studio apartment that is equipped with minimum electric appliances near the studio.
One classroom converted into studio is provided for each artist. The studio area is 67.5 sq.m. (W:9m x D:7.5m x H:3.3m) and equipped with internet circuit (no computer) and air conditioner. The artist is required to bring/prepare 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 facilities such as workshop, studio for shooting or editing room. ARCUS Studio also cannot provide SLR photograph camera, video camera, tripod and monitor/projector.
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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