Artist-in-Residence Sakuragawa

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

Focus Area(s):Sculpture

Months of Residency:2017/04 - 2017/12:2-3weeks (Negotiable)

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Months of Application:2017/04 - 2018/03: A/N

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Application Guideline

Focus Area(s)


Residency Period / Application Period
●Residency Period: 1-2 weeks (Negotiable)
* Ten-dayshort-term program available
●Application Period: All time
Number of Resident Artists
An artist with his/her family (Negotiable)
FY2017: *No financial support
Conditions / Provisions
●Age limit: No
●Specification of Countries: No
○Sculptor, especially creates stone carving, terra cotta or other fine art works.
○In good health and a pleasant personality with grace.
○Expenses borne by artist:300,000 yen (stone costs + production costs + living costs [in the case of two weeks])
○Letter of recommendation: Letter of recommendation by the Embassy of the artist’s country in Japan
●Traveling expense: Not available
●Production fee: Not available
●Living expense: Not available
●Professional and staff support: Available
* Practical advice from sculptors, support for daily life from Director
●Opportunities for presentations/exhibitions: Available (Iwase Stone Museum)
●Publication and distribution of a program report: Available (activity report is compiled for each residency period)
●Others: Artist-in-Residence Sakuragawa offers two programs: one whereby financial support, including travel expenses, is given to artists who participate in a special exhibition at the Iwase Rock Museum, and another that allows artists to use the facilities based on their own plans, receiving only professional and staff support without financial support. In FY 2014, these two programs were implemented separately. The artists can sell their works. They can produce their works by order if they work at SOGO BIJUTSU KOBO within the museum (because it is a private museum, not sponsored by the local government).
Application Procedure
Negotiable in accordance with a program planned by artists
Screening Process
Selected by Director and Masaji Asaga, based on advice from art professionals.

Facilities Information

Program Name
Artist-in-Residence Sakuragawa
Administrative Organization
Iwase Rock Museum Ishi no Bunka Club
Administrative Body
Iwase Rock Museum(Director and Ishi no Bunka Club)
Facility Name
Facility Address
741Kameoka, Sakuragawa, Ibaraki 309-1314 Japan
Facility Description
●Studios: Available
* Conditions: for artists or individuals who have acquired basic techniques
* 1650 sq. m.
●Exhibit space: Available
* 1650 sq. m.
●Accommodation: Available
* Three bedrooms, kitchen, dining and living room (a house with studio)
* Fully equipped with implements, heavy machinery, and tools for stone carving.
* Quantities of granite to meet various ideas. The facility is located between two areas in Japan that are famous for pottery.
* Professional support from stone processors in the vicinity.
* folk lifts (10t, 6t, 3t)
* Opportunities of indoor and outdoor exhibitions.
Surrounding Environment
The facility is located in one of the tree famous quarries in Japan for Inada, Iwase, and Makabe stones and also adjacent to Mashiko and Kasama which are well-known for ceramic art.
The town of Iwase has become part of Sakuragawa City lately. It is surrounded by rich nature and undergoing development with neighboring Tsukuba City which is prominent in science and culture.
Sakuragawa City is surrounded by rich nature, and undergoing development together with neighboring Tsukuba City which is prominent in science and culture. The facility is located 110km away from Tokyo (two hours by train), or 2 hours and half by car from the Narita International Airport.
○By train: Take the JR Mito Line and get off at Haguro station 25 minutes by walking
○By car: 7 minutes by car from Kasama Nishi IC on Kita Kanto Expressway
Iwase Rock Museum was established to widely spread the culture of stone. This museum has been collecting stonework of international artists by taking advantage of geographical and cultural conditions of the location as one of the largest stone industrial areas in Japan. In addition, the museum has launched the program composed of the artist-in-residence program and exhibitions which is the first of this kind of activity in Ibaraki Prefecture.The museum launched the first artist-in-residence with exhibition program in Ibaraki Prefecture in 1994 to support production activity of residential artists.
Year of (Program) Commencement
*Commemoration of the 23rd Anniversary in 2017
Program Objectives
The program aims to spread "Stone Culture" and "Other arts" from a quarry to the world. The program objectives include:
(1) to realize world peace
(2) to expand the potentiality and resources of the local community
(3) to promote international exchange
(4) to contribute to education for children to nurture their humanity
(5) to pursue the highest quality of stone sculpture / the artist-in-residence program becomes ground for improving and competition
(6) to honor professionals in the field of stone carving for their pride and skills
(7) to carve their gratitude on stone. Residents carve their gratitude and friendship on stone as the seed for peace
(8) to produce original orders for the artists at our studio to promote the publicity of their works in Japan
Program Activities
○Create monuments of granite from Ibaraki.
○Create art works, e.g. terra cotta
○Visit local kindergartens to have cultural exchange with children.
○Collaborate with students from local junior high schools to create stone sculpture.
○Attend a welcome ceremony held by local volunteers.
○Participate in public seminars of stone carving as lecturers.
○Participate in social gathering of Ishi no Bunka Club and those who are involved in stone industry.
○Present the results of the residence program and hold lectures.
○Visit cultural sites in Japan such as Nikko and institutions (museums, art museums, aquariums, etc) as training.
○Hold solo exhibitions of sketches, terra-cotta and watercolor painting at the indoor exhibition space during the residency period.
○Exhibit photo documentation of past works at the indoor exhibition space during the residency period.
○Hold video screening to show the environment and living condition in resident artists’ home countries.
We have invited 11 artists and their families from FY1994 to FY2017.
We invited an painter/musisian for the 10th Artists in Local Residence in April 2017.
○The program has been attracting high reputation from Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan, and Bulgaria by its unique characteristics.
○Resident artists have produced complete works. Milan Andreev’s work was exhibited at Expo 2005 Aichi and won the highest praise from citizens and art critics.
○The program has been offering occasions where citizens enjoy international exchange and also been beneficial for children to gain experience to develop their humanity through interaction with artists.
○Activity report is successfully transmitting achievements of this program.
○The program won the honorary award from the Minister of Culture of the Republic of Bulgaria in 2004.
○The program has received support and encouragement from a large number of people as the only artist-in-residence program in the field of stone carving.
○Delegation were dispatched for exchange through stone culture.
○Golden Century Award was given from the Bulgarian Government in 2011.
1994 Ziyatin Nuriev (artist-in-residence)
1996 Tsviatko Siromashki (artist-in-residence), Joram Mariga (training and lecture)
1998 Milan Andreev (artist-in-residence)
2000 Ivan Russev (artist-in-residence)
2002 Snejana Simeohova (artist-in-residence)
2005 Stefan Lyutakov (artist-in-residence)
2008 Kirill Meskin (artist-in-residence)
Past Residents
Emil Bachiyski, Iriya En, Ivan Russev, Joram Mariga, Katie Britchford, Kirill Meskin, Milan Andreev, Milena Krusteva, Snejana Simeohova, Stefan Lyutakov, Tsviatko Siromashki, Ventzislav Dikov, Ziyatin Nuriev, Zoya Lekova
Iwase Rock Museum
741Kameoka, Sakuragawa, Ibaraki 309-1343 Japan
TEL: +81-296-75-1550 / FAX: +81-296-73-5308
E-mail: tq3m-asg(at)
Contact Person: Masaji Asaga, Junko Asaga
Last modified
June 1, 2017