Painting, Crafts (ceramics and glass works), Photography/Film, Sculpture, Design, Performance, Print, Fashion, Dance
Residency Period / Application Period
●Months of Residency
2016/04-2016/07: (First half), 2016/09-2017/01 (Second half)
*About two months during the period mentioned above
●Months of Application
2016/04-2016/07: (For second half), 2016/09-2017/01 (For first half)
Number of Resident Artists
1 person or 1 group (up to 3 persons)/term
Conditions / Provisions
●Age limit: Yes (No minors allowed)
● Specification of Countries: No
●Traveling expense: Not available
●Production fee: Available (Up to \50,000/month)
*Actual costs will be reimbursed with receipts.
●Living expense: Not available
* Accommodation (Art Biotop Nasu) is provided during residency free of charge.
* Pottery/glass studio facilities are partially available for use free of charge.
* Bicycles are available for rent free of charge as transportation during residency.
● Professional and staff support: Not available
* Daily life support is provided during residency.
●Opportunities for presentation/exhibitions: Available
* Exhibitions at affiliated facilities are planned.
●Publication and distribution of program report: Available
* Prepared on an annual basis
Selection by the AIR Program screening committee
Art Biotop Nasu Artist in Residence Program
NPO Art Biotop
NPO Art Biotop
Niki Resort Inc.
Language Teaching Revolutions Inc. / FORWARD
Art Biotop Nasu
2294-3 Michiue Takakuotsu, Nasu-machi, Nasu-gun, Tochigi, 325-0303 JAPAN
● Studio: Available
◯ Pottery Studio (110 square meters)
Electric kiln (10 kW, 6 kW): 1 each
Electric pottery wheel: 3
Manual pottery wheel: 8
Other pottery tools are also available.
They may not be available for use when an experience activity is held for guests.
◯ Glass Studio (121 square meters)
Open melting furnace (150 kg): 1
Electric furnace: 1
Glory hole (350 diameter × 1000 deep, with two split door sets): 1
Glory hole (650 diameter × 1000 deep, with one split door set): 1
Marver (1200 × 450 × 25): 1
Air burner: 4
Oxygen burner (small): 2
Oxygen burner (large): 2
Horizontal grinder: 2
Vertical grinder (double shaft): 1
Table-top vertical grinder (single shaft): 2
Other glass blowing tools are also available.
As a rule, staff members do not provide support.
These facilities may not be available for use when an experience activity is held for guests.
● Exhibition Space: Available
* Courtyard (outdoor) / café & gallery: 74 square meters
* Nearby hotel Niki Club, and Gallery Satsu in Kudan, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo are occasionally used for exhibitions.
● Accommodation: Available
* 17 rooms (17 ~ 26 square meters)
● Others: The garden of Niki Club (hotel) and the stone stage of Niki Club Kankikan (guest house) are available for use depending on the purpose.
Nasu-machi (Nasu Highland) is a town famous for sightseeing, agriculture and forestry, located about 180 km from Tokyo, or about half way between Tokyo and Sendai.
To the northwest rises the main peak of the majestic Nasu range of mountains, Chausu Peak (1,915 m). In the foothills, there are Nasu hot spring village, which was opened in 630, as well as many inns, cottage areas, historic sites such as Sessho-seki Stone, a theme park, and moreover the Imperial Villa. The town is therefore known as Royal Resort Nasu.
On the mountain slopes there stretches a vast area of dairy land, and rural natural scenery surrounded by the Yamizo Mountains spreads on the southeast, with various historic remains related to the famous haiku poet Matsuo Basho and the samurai warrior of legend, Minamoto no Yoshitsune.
By train: Approx. 75 min. from Tokyo by Shinkansen. Take a taxi or shuttle bus from the station.
By car: Approx. 120 min. from Urawa I.C.
Specified nonprofit corporation Art Biotop received certification in 2008 when conducting renovation work on the former Togata Elementary School in Shodoshima, Kagawa Prefecture. Since then, Art Biotop has been engaged in the promotion of local art and culture and human resources development, including the Artist in Residence (AIR) program in Nasu-machi, Tochigi Prefecture and the summer open college Schule im Berg, which has been held every year since 2008.
Year of (Program) Commencement
Art Biotop has been engaged in various local revitalization efforts in order to provide opportunities for people to learn from the history and environment cultivated in the land and to feel proud of their natural environment, by making the best use of its geographical advantage.
We are committed to make further efforts to be the “biotope” of a new form of local culture promotion through provision of flexible, out-of-the-box ideas, cooperation with local communities, and active use of our broad network both inside and outside the country.
Artist in Residence, summer open college Schule im Berg (2008~), Tochigi Kuranomachi Museum of Art (2009 –2014), Garden Project
◯ Eco & Education
Satoyama Zyklus (Bamboo project / Cultivation project) (2011)
Satoyama School (Higesoba class / Rice cultivation experience) (2011)
Sightseeing Summit (2010)
Selected artists for the 2009 AIR Program
Art Biotop Nasu (hereinafter, “AB Nasu”): Hyejeong Kim (Ceramics), Takeshi Ito (Glassworks)
Art Biotop Shodoshima (hereinafter, “AB Shodoshima”): Ayako Ohno (Stone Sculptures), Yuri Inagaki (Dyeing)
2009 AIR Program participant Ms. Ayako Ohno started working at AB Shodoshima.
1st workshop “Let’s Touch and Know More about Granite!” (April 19)
2nd workshop “Let’s Color Granite to Create What You Like!” (May 10)
Donation ceremony; Ms. Ayako Ohno’s artwork “Hide in the Sea” was donated to Tonosho Town, Shodoshima and placed at Senken, Tonosho Town.
2009 AIR Program participant Ms. Hyejeong Kim started working at AB Nasu
2009 AIR Program participant Ms. Yuri Inagaki started working at AB Shodoshima
1st workshop by Hyejeong Kim “Travel with Centripetal Force – Drawing with Five Senses” (August 2 & 3)
1st workshop by Yuri Inagaki “Let’s Dye with Olives!” (August 9)
Yuri Inagaki Donation Ceremony
Exhibition “Yuri Inagaki” held at Tonosho Library
2009 AIR Program participant Mr. Takeshi Ito started working at AB Nasu.
1st workshop for parent and child “Let’s Shape the Glass!” (October 25)
2nd workshop for parent and child “Let’s Make Handprints with Glass!” (November 29)
“Exhibition of 2009 AIR Program Participants” held at Gallery Satsu in Chidorigafuchi, Tokyo (January 29 – February 19)
2010 AIR Program participant Ms. Kanami Ogata started working at AB Nasu.
“Resembling Theater” exhibition tour held at Gallery Satsu in Chidorigafuchi, Tokyo (May 16 – June 6)
2010 AIR Program participant Ms. Yuko Kurihara started working at AB Shodoshima.
Donation ceremony; Ms. Yuko Kurihara’s artwork was donated to Tonosho Town, Shodoshima and placed at former Togata Elementary School
Selected artists for the 2010 AIR Program
AB Nasu: Kahori Fukushima (Ceramics), Fumie Suzuki + Keiko Iguchi (Dance)
Ayako Ohno, Fumie Suzuki+Keiko Iguchi, Hyejeong Kim, Kanami Ogata, Kaori Fukushima, Takeshi Ito, Yuko Kurihara, Yuri Inagaki
2294-3 Michiue Takakuotsu Nasu-machi Nasu-gun Tochigi-ken, 325-0303
Contact Person: Shogo Miyazaki
June 23, 2016