Open call for Youkobo Art Space

Open call for Youkobo Art Space

Youkobo Art Space is currently accepting applications for its Artist-in-Residence Program in 2020. Various residency types that cater to different needs are on offer, either suited to artists who wish to concentrate on work in the studio, or realize an exhibition during their stay, or a living space for researchers and writers who don’t require a studio.

Since establishing the AIR program in 1989, Youkobo Art Space has been host to a diverse range of activities developed by over 300 artists from 45 different countries. In addition, Youkobo also actively supports Japanese artists by providing a venue for presentation and opportunities to stay and work overseas. As a hub for domestic and international artists, Youkobo is a place where exchanges between people of different cultures occur naturally, leading to lasting connections between those who participate in our programs. Located in a tranquil residential area of Tokyo, but also benefiting from easy access to the city center, Youkobo is perfectly suited to artists who wish to focus on their creative activities. Priority will be given to long-term residencies of two months or longer, but applications for a minimum of one month are also possible.

There are no preconditions for acceptance in terms of field of artistic activity, age, nationality, etc. Residencies will be calculated in one-month periods and must be a minimum of one month, up to a maximum of 12 months. It is recommended that artists joining the program hold open studios or exhibition at the conclusion of their residency. In principle, the following spaces are available for use during the residency only in the designated combinations. All spaces are well suited to long-term residencies. Residence 3 is suited to researchers or curators who don’t require a studio:

  • AIR-1: Located on the ground floor. Japanese-style living quarters and studio. Cost: 160,000 yen/month for studio and accommodation, inclusive utility costs.
  • AIR-2: Located on the first floor. Single bedroom living quarters and spacious studio. Cost: 140,000 yen/month for studio and accommodation, inclusive utility costs.
  • AIR-3: Living quarters located on the second floor, with studio located on the ground floor of the adjacent building. Cost: 170,000 yen/month for studio and accommodation, inclusive utility costs.
  • Residence-3: The living quarters of AIR3 only. Cost: 130,000 yen/month for accommodation only, inclusive utility costs. 

Applications are accepted by email, with deadline 30th June. Applications should contain the following: official application form, a proposal outlining your activities during the residency, CV, and a portfolio of artistic activities. Please email completed application forms and supporting materials to this address: [email protected].

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