Residency Period / Application Period
One year (from October 2013) Extendable on an annual basis. Up to three years.
* No available for the program
Number of Resident Artists
Conditions / Provisions
●Age limit: No
● Nationalities: Specified
* Urban areas in Japan
* Applicants who live in urban areas, including the three major metropolitan areas, and be able to move their living bases to Hitachiota City and take up their residence after being accepted.
● Others: - Applicants must have the motivation to adapt themselves to the region, make efforts to promote regional revitilization through art, and settle down in the Hitachiota city after the end of the program.
- Applicants are expected to have a career in art activities in their areas of expertise
- Applicants must have a driver’s license.
●Traveling expense: Not Available
●Production fee: Available
●Living expense: Available
* JPY160,000/month (Including living expense and production cost)
* As houses for artists, the city provides accommodation facilities and vacant houses in the area specified by the city and subsidizes house rent. In addition, expenses for using the Internet and transportation expenses are subsidized (there is an upper limit).
● Support staff (technical support for production): Available
* Special note (language, area of expertise), etc.: Support for activities and living in the region is provided.
●Opportunities to present artworks: Available
●Publication and distribution of a program report: under consideration
* Announced on the city’s website, etc. (As of October 2016, the city does not accept applications.)
Selection committee (1. document screening 2. interview)
Hitachiota Artist in Residence
Residents and regional societies
Satomi branch office 2nd floor atelier and a facilities
1653 Oonaka-cho, Hitachiota City, Ibaraki 311-0505, Japan
●Exhibition Space: Available
●Accommodation: Not Available
Hitachiota City is located in the northeastern part of Ibaraki Prefecture, and is 20 km away from Mito City, the prefectural capital, and 120 km from Tokyo. The city is approximately 372 square kilometers in area (the largest in the prefecture), and has a population of approximately 53,000 (as of January 1, 2015). It is richly endowed with nature; the southern part is a plain and rich countryside, while the northern part is a mountainous area surrounded by the Abukuma Mountains.
It takes about 30 minutes from Mito by the JR Suigun Line. It takes about 15 minutes from Naka IC on the Joban Expressway by car. A private car is necessary to get around in the city.
The city launched the Artist-in-Residence program as a measure for preventing a depopulation and promoting regional revitilization in depopulated areas.
Year of (Program) Commencement
The program is designed to create new appeals of the region and expand the nonresident population, as well as to promote regional revitalization through artists’ production of works using local resources (people, materials, events) while interacting with local residents. To invite artists to the city, the Chiiki Okoshi Kyoryokutai (local community revitalization corps) system, implemented by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, is utilized.
- Production of art works utilizing local resources (people, materials, events)
- Open studio and workshops
- Dispatching information via the Internet, etc.
○FY 2014: 4 Artists
○FY 2015: 4 Artists
○FY 2016: 2 Artists
Art meeting in Hitachiota
Parent-and-child art class at a kindergarten
Editing a free newspaper
Hitachiota Art Meeting, etc.
October 12, 2016