Kyoto Art Center
Kyoto Art Center was conceived and established as a place for encountering various genres of art, as well as for the creation of the new culture through the revitalization of tradition developed in the city over its long history. This encounter also connects to technology and industry, and furthermore to the everyday life of citizens, to bring a real fertility to the city. The activities of the Center are divided into these three categories: (1) aid and support for young artists in whatever genre; (2) collecting and dispatching of information concerning art and culture by means of various kinds of media; (3) affording the chance for communication among the artists or between artists and citizens, especially by welcoming artists coming from in and out of the country as artists-in-residence. By fulfilling these activities, the Center is aiming to be the laboratory of creation for urban culture in the new century.
Kyoto Art Center stands on the site of the former Meirin Elementary School, which was rebuilt in 1931. Design of Kyoto Art Center took into consideration the cultural value of the history of the school, the building facade, Japanese-style hall, auditorium, Japanese-style room, and other features. Renovations focused on creating an environment that would help stimulate unrestricted artistic activity, with emphasis on the maximum use of existing facilities.
Kyoto Art Center’s Artist-in-Residence Program offers support to emerging artists and art researchers who wish to pursue creative activities in Kyoto. They switch between hosting visual artist and performing artist every year. In 2020, the program is open for performing artists / researchers.
Exhibitions and showings are not mandatory. If artists need, they also can organize stage performances and gallery exhibitions.
Private creation studio could be provided depends on the situation.
Details of Gallery, workshop room, auditorium, Japanese-style hall, information room, library and lounge can be found from their website.