ARCUS Project IBARAKI Artist-In-Residence Program

  • Open Call:Conditional
  • Grant for travel expenses:Available
  • Grant for production:Available
  • Grant for living costs:Available
  • Support by staff or specialist:Available
  • Studio:Available
  • Exhibit Space:Not Available
  • Accommodation:Available
  • Exhibition or Open Studio:Available
  • Publication:Available

Focus Area(s):Contemporary Art

Months of Residency:2018/08 - 2018/12: The residency period is up to 110 days (scheduled)

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Months of Application:2018/03 - 2018/04: For FY 2018 (scheduled)

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Application Guideline

Focus Area(s)

Contemporary Art

Residency Period / Application Period
●Residency Period
From August 25 to December 12, 2017
* Within a certain period of time from the end of August to the beginning of December (varied each year).
* The residency period is up to 110 days, decided by the Committee.
●Application Period
From March to April, 2018 (schedule for FY 2018)
Number of Resident Artists
Three people (or groups) per year
Conditions / Provisions
●Age limit: No
* be an emerging artist engaged in contemporary visual arts or other related fields (i.e. Students who are enrolled in undergraduate or graduate schools at the time of application or during the residency period are not eligible.)
●Specification of Countries: No
*Applicant must be nationals except Japanese.
The applicants are required to:
○Be artists of contemporary art
○Be in a state of good health, capable of carry out daily activities on their own
○Have enough English proficiency to carry out their daily lives and creative activities
○Be capable of engaging in creative activities, planning projects, and bringing the plans into action in the environment provided by ARCUS Project
○Be capable of make the best use of their experience at ARCUS Project in their future activities
○Be capable of presenting their production process and achievements at the open studios during the residency period.
○Be capable of working with studio staff and other resident artists in friendly manner and contributing to mutual understandings and cultural exchange
○Follow regulations of the community center of Moriya City, "Moriya Manabi-no-sato" regarding non-smoking in the building, facility usage, and garbage disposal when using the studio.
○Give a priority to participation in ARCUS Project during their residency period in principle. To participate in art activities and exhibitions other than those hosted by ARCUS Project, they should gain a prior approval from the Committee.
○Use the studio in Moriya City during the residency period in principle. If they leave the studios for a certain period of time in order to conduct research and study for their creative production, they should notice ARCUS Studio leaving (days of leave are limited).
○Refrain from engaging in profit-making activities during the residency period in principle.
○Be cooperative in public relations activities in order to promote ARCUS Project.
○Be ready to be interviewed by the media including local newspapers and public relations papers of Ibaraki Prefecture and Moriya City.
○Agree that the copyright of photographs and videos recording their activities belongs to ARCUS Project Administration Committee.
○Be cooperative for using such photographs and videos in the project’s promotion and public relations activities.
* There will be additional requirements specific to fiscal year or program.
* Artists who breach the basic requirements mentioned above as well as the statement of mutual agreement and points of concern signed upon invitation may be subject to cancellation of the invitation and all provisions, withdrawal of partial provisions, or refund of allowance and airfare paid in advance, depending on the scope of violation.
●Traveling expense: Available
○Overseas: Round-trip airfare between the artist’s nearest international airport to Narita.
○Japan: Traveling expense by public transportation between the nearest airport or station in the place of residence and ARCUS Studio.
●Production fee: Available
●Living expense: Available
* JPY660,000/110days (Including living expense and production cost)
●Professional and staff support: Available
* Coordinators are available to support the artists with their activities during their residency. They will support the artists by providing supports such as providing information on daily lives and creative activities and assisting in making arrangement necessary for the artwork/art projects.
●Opportunities to present activitis: Available
* There are several opportunities of open studios. The staff explain the purpose of the occasion and the artist decides what he/she will do at the open studios.
●Publication and distribution of a program report: Available
●Others: The content of support may vary from year to year (The applicants must check the content.)
Application Procedure
Open call
* Depends on the program.
Screening Process
It is a two-step procedure, preliminary and final selections. The selection is made by the overseas experts of contemporary art both inside and outside of Japan.
* The jury will be made public after the result of selection is announced.

Facilities Information

Program Name
ARCUS Project 2017 IBARAKI
Administrative Organization
ARCUS Project Administration Committee
Administrative Body
ARCUS Project Administration Committee (Ibaraki Prefectural Government, Moriya City, Ibaraki International Association)
Conference for Creation of Gateway to the Arts in Ibaraki Prefecture Southern Area (Ibaraki Prefectural Government, Moriya City, Toride City, Tokyo University of the Arts, Toride Art Project, ARCUS Project Administration Committee)
Facility Name
ARCUS Studio (in Moriya Manabi-no-sato)
* Moriya Manabi-no-sato which ARCUS Studio is housed in is used as community center for the citizen
Facility Address
Please see the "Inquiry".
Facility Description
●Studio: Available
* Classrooms of the former elementary school are used as the studios. Up to 3 rooms (67.5 square-meters each)
* Internet connection, air conditioner, and water supply are available.
●Exhibit space: Not available
●Accommodation: Available
* Accommodation is available free of charge. One-room apartments equipped with minimum furniture and electrical appliances are provided near the studio.
* The office/meeting room "Salon" and the lecture and workshop/ citizen exchange/ volunteer supporters' communication launge is available: one (67.5 square-meters)
Surrounding Environment
ARUCUS Studio is located in Moriya City which was municipalized on February 2, 2002. The city, located about 40km from Tokyo, is richly endowed with nature and surrounded by three rivers. Since Tsukuba Express opened in 2005 which connects Akihabara and Tsukuba, the travel time from Moriya to Tokyo has drastically reduced, bringing more and more people working in Tokyo who choose this city as their place of residence. This increase of population is expected to result in further development of the city.
○Take Kantetsu Bus bound for “Shin Moriya Station” departing from the West Exit of Moriya Station and get off at “Moriya Koukou Iriguchi / Moriya High School Entrance”. It takes 5 minutes from the bus stop by walk, or take Moco-bus (Route A) from Bus Terminal 1 and get off at “Moriya Koukou Mae / Moriya High School”. It takes approximately 2 minutes from the bus stop by walk.
* “Moriya Station” of Tsukuba Express is approximately 32 minutes by rapid train from Akihabara Station.
○It takes approximately 5 minutes by car from “Shin Moriya Station” of Kanto Railway Joso Line.
* “Shin Moriya Station” is approximately 60 minutes from JR Ueno Station via Joban Line Toride Station.
○Approximately 5 minutes by car from “Yawara I.C.” on Joban Expressway
In 1991, Ibaraki Prefectural Government asked the committee chaired by Mr. Ikuo Hirayama, then the President of Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music (present-day Tokyo University of the Arts), to review the prefecture’s policy to cultivate its international and artistic potentials to establish the new international base of art and culture. In 1992, the committee gave a proposal entitled “ARCUS Plan” to the prefecture to serve as the gate of Japanese art that is opened to the world and the center of creative and artistic activities. In 1994, two artists were invited for a short period as a preliminary program. In 1995, ARCUS Plan Pilot Project started as 5-year trial project focusing on the Artist-In-Residence program. In 2000, the full-fledged “ARCUS Project” started based on the result of the pilot project.
Celebrates 20th anniversary in 2014, ARCUS Project is one of the established AIR programs in Japan run by the municipal government.
Year of (Program) Commencement
Program Objectives
The primary objective of AIR program is to support the activities of artists. The AIR program serves as the core of the entire project; the artists stay in the community for a certain period time to engage in creative activities, and we make the best use of the presence of artists by organizing related programs based on the structure and elements of AIR program. Another objective of the project is to promote the development of a colorful and creative community by providing opportunities for the residents of the community to experience creative art activities and enjoy communication with the artists. Such communication is essential for the AIR program to take root in the community.
*ARCUS means “gate” in Latin, so the project was named ARCUS to be the gate for young talents in art to be discovered, supported, and sent to the international scene. ARCUS is also a combination of ART and FOCUS, aiming to be the center of artistic activities in Japan.
Program Activities
○Artist in Residence Program: This is a program to invite young talented artists from abroad and support their creative activities. During the residency period, the environment to perform free and creative activities (such as research, planning, production, and presentation) is provided.
"Re: AIR" is held. In 2013, The Symposium to think about Art and Local communities were held to mark the 20th anniversary of starting its preliminary operations.
○Open Studios: The process of creation by artists is open to the public.
○Local Program(Exchange Program to Connect Art and Community): ARCUS Project provided program contents of art to citizen's events and festivals held in Moriya City, Ibaraki Prefecture where ARCUS Studio is located. We also host workshops led by the japanese artists at public facilities including exhibitions and workshops voluntarily held by young artist and supporters. These programs include a series of workshops since 1999 led by Katsuhiko Hibino, called " HIBINO HOSPITAL".
As a new project, ARCUS Project conducts various programs ; an "Artist in School" program launched in 2012, "Workshops for a filming of Hiroyuki Oki" and the "Constellations of the earth" workshops held in 2014-15.
○Archiving Project: Since the fiscal year 2015, we have been researching and analyzing the reports of our program, which we have held for more than 20 years. We also started a project to make the reports public as archives.
* The activities mentioned above may vary year by year.
From the start of the preliminary project in 1994 to 2016, 97 artists from 31 countries and regions were invited. Researches, creative activities, and workshops during the resident period help interaction with the citizens of local community, and the local culture had impact on the resulting art works. These prove that their artistic activities comply with our project objectives.
○Former resident artists of ARCUS Project are now distinguishing themselves in the international art scene, proving that ARCUS Project is the gate for young artists to the world.
○The project is recognized domestically and internationally as a pioneer of residence program in Japan and an international patronage project by a local government. It has been contributing to the promotion of international exchange. ARCUS Project is well known by overseas artists.
○In both FY2012 and FY2013, we received more than 300 applications. In 2014, 640 entries were received, more than double the previous year. In 2017 this shows that the most largest numbers of applicants, such as 717 international artists have an interest in ARCUS Project and that their expectations for our programs are high.
○In Moriya City where the studio is located, the project staff and volunteers provide attentive support for the creative activities and daily lives of resident artists. By providing diversified information on Japan and the community, a variety of exchanges and interactions are encouraged. As a result, for 23 years to 2016, more than half of former resident artists returned to Japan for art festivals, projects, and exhibitions.
Past Residents
Alicia Framis, Angela Bulloch, Arunkumar H.G., Ava Gerber, Ayaz Hussain Jokhio, Basir Mahmood, Bernard Joisten, Bojan Fajfric, Brad Brown, Chen Cheng-Tsai, Chen Yi-Chien, Constantinos Taliotis, Curtis Tamm, Daniel Nicolae Djamo, Daniel Salomon, Daniel Seiple, David Brazier (with Kelda Free), Debbie HAN, Didier Courbot, Didier Trenet, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Donald ABAD, Doreen Uhlig, Douglas Ross, Eduardo Cachucho, Elmer Borlongan, Ernesto Bautista, Eunju Yoo, Fazal Rizvi, Florencia Rodríguez Giles, Gan Siong King, Goh Ideta, Hikaru Fujii, Hung I-Ching, James Sheehan, Jang Nam-Yong, Jason Kofke, Jason Lim, Jeannie Carmen Crosby, Jochen Flinzer, Jonathan Hernández, Joshua Sofaer, Julieta Aguinaco & Sarah Demoen, Jun'ya Yamaide, Kang Ya-chu, Katharina Copony, Kristin Lucas, Kyoko Sawanobori, Le Thua Tien, LEE Szu-Hui, Lee Wan-Chen, Lilian Bourgeat, Lin Chien-Jung, Meiro Koizumi, Minako Kitayama, Nandesha Shanthi Prakash, Nicolas Floc'h, Özgür Demirci, Paulien Oltheten, Pierre Joseph, Pius Sigit Kuncoro, Rikke Luther, Risa Sato, Ristyo Eko Hartanto, Rodrigo Gonzalez Castillo, Ruby Osorio, Sabine Delcour, Sanford Biggers, Santiago Cucullu, Seyit Battal Kurt, Sharon Lockhart, Shigeaki Iwai, SHIMABUKU, Shin Ji-Young, Sid Gomez Hildawa, Song Ming Ang, Stephanie Bickford-Smith, Stephen Andrews, Sudsiri Pui-ock, Surinivsa Prasad Bangalore, Susyilawati Sulaiman, Sybille Neumeyer, Takehito Shiina, Tang Hui, Tatsuo Majima, Tawatchai Puntusawasdi, Tea Makipaa, Teresita Fernandez, Tiffany Chung, Timoteus Anggawan Kusno, Tomoko Inagaki, Tuksina Pipitkul, Vincensius "Venzha" Christiawan, Wai Keung Hui, Wang Te-Yu, Wijit Apichatkriengkrai, Wojciech Gilewicz, Wu Shang−Lin, Yen Noh, Zhang Wei
ARCUS Studio
Address: 2418 Itatoi, Moriya, Ibaraki 302-0101 Japan
Email: arcus(at)
Last modified
May 20, 2017