English, Japanese
100 days
Paid by host 
  • Transportation fee: Artist from overseas: Round-trip (economy class) airfare from the international airport nearest his/her home to Narita International Airport is provided. Artist based in Japan: Round-trip public transportation fee from the nearest station/airport is provided.
  • Allowance: Artist is provided with 180,000 yen for living and other basic expenses and 450,000 yen for expense related to any kind of his/her artistic activities. In total 630,000 yen is provided for the 100 days program period.
  • Insurance: Artist from overseas is covered by overseas travel injury insurance (30 million yen in case of death, or up to 2 million yen for medical treatment). Any past illness, chronic disease, and dental treatment are not covered. The artists are advised to take out travel insurance to cover accidents during his/her journey to and from Japan.
Paid by artist 

Additional expenses for studio supplies or materials are not available.

Application guidelines 

Please read carefully the application guidelines, before filling in the online application form.


ARCUS Project

ARCUS Project

Residence Program


Artist-in-Residence Program of ARCUS Project which aims to support the artistic activities of emerging artists was launched in 1994 by Ibaraki Prefectural Government as its main organizer. In its 25 years of history, ARCUS Project has invited 103 artists including pairs from 33 countries/regions, and supported their artistic projects and researches during the residence. 
ARCUS Project Artist-in-Residence Program has focused on the “process” of activities. Therefore, they are looking for a project which does not regard final presentation as a goal, but tries to conduct a site-specific research/project within a certain period of time. It is also expected that the research/project is open to public for sharing the process and collaboration. 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.

Accommodation Information 

Each artist will be provided with a furnished studio apartment that is equipped with minimum electric appliances near the studio.

Studio Information 

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.

Moriya, Ibaraki
2418 Itatoi
+81 297 46 2600
+81 297 46 2600

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