Tokyo Wonder Site (TWS) Residency

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

Focus Area(s):Visual Arts, Photography/Media Arts, Design, Architecture, Music

Months of Residency:May - Jul., Sep. - Nov., Jan. - Mar.: Depends on the program

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Months of Application:May - Jun., Oct. - Nov.: Depends on the program

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Application Guideline

Focus Area(s)

Visual Arts, Photography/Media Arts, Design, Architecture, Music

Residency Period / Application Period
● Residency Period: Depend on the programs
○ International Creator Residency Program: three months
○ Residency Residency Program: one to two month(s)
Number of Resident Artists
Approx. 60 artists (FY 2016)
Conditions / Provisions
● Age limit:No
● Specification of Countries: Depends on programs
● All residency participants shall:
○ be creators engaged in the field of contemporary art with experiences in their fields of expertise.(any genre is eligible).
○ be asserted accommodations for themselves only.
○ have some command of the Japanese or English language with certain fluency in everyday conversation.
○ participate in public programs, such as presentations, lectures, and workshops held in Tokyo Wonder Site.
○ dedicate to the development of art and cultural activities in Tokyo.
The provisions vary according to the conditions of each program.
Application Procedure
● Resident creators are selected, based on the objectives of each program, by either:
○ Open call by Tokyo Wonder Site.
○ Open call by the partner institutions (Exchange Residency Program)
○ Recommendation from official organizations, or cultural institutions in Japan and overseas.
● The selection committee is held for screening the candidates.
Screening Process
A selection committee consisting of experts is held for each program.

Facilities Information

Program Name
Tokyo Wonder Site Residency
Administrative Organization
Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture, Tokyo Wonder Site
Administrative Body
Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture (Tokyo Wonder Site)
ASIALINK, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, University of the Arts London (London), Arts-in-Residence Taipei, Treasure Hill Artist Village (THAV, Taipei), The city of Berlin, KUNSTRAUM KREUZBERG/ BETHANIEN (KKB, Berlin), Atelier Mondial (Basel), MMCA Residency Goyang(Gyeonggi Province), Matadero Madrid, Madrid Destino (Madrid), Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (Quebec), HIAP (Helsinki)
Facility Name
Tokyo Wonder Site Residency (TWS Residency)
Facility Address
Arts Kikukawa 1F, 2-14-7 Tachikawa, Sumida-ku, Tokyo, 130-0023
* Open studio: Open to the public only when programs, lectures, etc. are held
Facility Description
● Studios: Available
*Studio 1 (125 m2)
*Studio 2 (48 m2)
* Both rooms are equipped with internet access and air conditioning.
● Exhibit Space: Not Available
● Accommodation: Available
* 12 bedrooms (8 single rooms [25m2], 4 twin rooms [48 m2]
* All rooms are equipped with internet access, kitchenette, bathroom and veranda.
* Other facilities: Salon (66 m2, dining kitchen and living room for share), Library (73 m2, can also be used for lectures), office, laundry room.
* Individual spaces separated by partitions available
Surrounding Environment
Tokyo Wonder Site (TWS) Residency is located in Sumida-ku, Tokyo where the old town culture and local industries still remain. The area has various sightseeing spots including the Ryougoku Sumo Hall, sumo stables, the Edo-Tokyo Museum, and the Tokyo Skytree.
9 minutes walk from Kikukawa Station (Toei Chikatetsu Shinjuku Line) exit A1
11 minutes walk from Morishita Station (Toei Chikatetsu Shinjuku Line, Oedo Line) exit A5
15 minutes walk from Ryogoku Station (JR: Sobu Line East exit/ Toei Chikatetsu Oedo Line exit A5)
Tokyo Wonder Site was inaugurated in 2001 to provide a new platform for art in Tokyo. Working in synchronization with the Tokyo Wonder Wall, an open call exhibition program, it aims to extend support to young artists and create opportunities for exchange among artists.
A variety of programs have been carried out: exhibitions of internationally renowned artists; events introducing contemporary music; collaboration projects with traditional arts and crafts; artist residencies; and "Artist Night" with/ for artists and art fans.
● In 2001
Tokyo Wonder Site committee was founded.
Tokyo Wonder Site Hongo opened.
● In 2005
TWS came under the joint administration by Tokyo Metropolitan Government and Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture.
Tokyo Wonder Site Shibuya opened.
● In 2006
The administrative body was renewed (administered solely by Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture)
Short-term residency (pilot program) started.
Tokyo Wonder Site Aoyama: Creator-in-Residence opened.
●In 2014
Tokyo Wonder Site Aoyama: Creator-in-Residence closed.
Tokyo Wonder Site Office moved.
Tokyo Wonder Site Residency opened.
Year of (Program) Commencement
2006 (for Tokyo Wonder Site Aoyama : Creator-in-Residence)
Program Objectives
○ Support the discovery, nurturing and promotion of young artists from Tokyo
○ Establish a platform in Tokyo to function as a hub for art in Asia and the world
○ Support the various forms of art and culture in Tokyo as vehicles of the city's vital energy
○ Function as a stage for experimentation and research, and for the conception and trial of strategic concepts in connection with the Tokyo Metropolitan Government's cultural policy.
○ Foster human resources involved in culture-related work
Program Activities
● Tokyo Wonder Site (TWS) Hongo
TWS Hongo conducts various projects, including:
* Artist-in-Residence Exhibition: Provides opportunities for artists who joined the overseas residence program to present their work.
* Open Site: Opens up opportunities to introduce innovative projects regardless of genre.
● Tokyo Wonder Site (TWS) Shibuya
TWS Shibuya conducts various projects, including:
* Wonder Seed: Exhibits and sells selected works
* TWS-Emerging: Solo exhibitions by young artists, collaborating with Tokyo Wonder Wall (hosted by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and TWS).
TWS Shibuya also runs a facility, called TWS Art Cafe 24/7 coffee & roaster, combining an art gallery and a cafe.
● Tokyo Wonder Site (TWS) Residency
Every year, TWS Residency accommodates about 50 artists from both Japan and overseas. Besides the residential rooms and studios, TWS Residency provides a library and a common space where the portfolios of young artists who have stayed at TWS Residence are archived. We host events including the Open Studio and Artist Talk, so that artists can present their research and production progress during their stay. TWS Residency cooperates with TWS Hongo and TWS Shibuya in organizing the Artist-in-Residence Exhibition and in hosting various events and projects. Our projects focus on the process of artists’ production activities during their residence program.
Tokyo Wonder Site (TWS) Residency (former Tokyo Wonder Site (TWS) Aoyama: Creator-in-Residence) conducts a variety of exchange programs by cooperating with international organizations and art centers representing each country and region of the world. From June 2006 to the end of March 2016, TWS Residency has welcomed about 900 creators, designers, musicians and architects from 54 countries and regions. These artists, based in TWS Residency, have been introducing art and culture through their research, creative activities, exhibitions, performances, and workshops.
Past Residents
Åbäke, Bradley McCallum & Jacqueline Tarry, Carsten Nicolai, Christine Tohme, Danny Yung, David Elliott, Dinh Q.Le, Gabriel Lester, Jang-Chi (OLTA), Janwillem Schrofer, Joonho Jeon, Kyungwon Moon, Mamoru, Motoyuki Shitamichi, Ong Keng Sen, Shinji Ohmaki, Tomoko Yoneda, Vasif Kortun, Vik Muniz, Wit Pimkanchanapong, Yishay Garbasz, Yoi Kawakubo, Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries, Yuichiro Tamura
Tokyo Wonder Site Residency
Arts Kikukawa 1F, 2-14-7 Tachikawa, Sumida-ku, Tokyo 130-0023 Japan
TEL: +81-3-5625-4433 / FAX: +81-3-5625-4434
E-mail: contact(at)
Contact Person: Yuko Suzuki, Fumiko Uchiyama, Ayumi Uno
Last modified
October 7, 2016