Focusing on three main activities—the artist-in-residence program, exhibitions, and related activities—Youkobo Art Space conducts “micro-residence network”.
I. Artist-in-Residence Program
This program provides artists from Japan and abroad with opportunities and spaces to create new works through their residence here. It is suitable for long-stay residents. We respect artists’ own plans during their stay and assist them. We support not only their creative work in studios but also the holding of workshops, exhibitions, and artists’ talks, utilizing a network of local artists and affiliated organizations.
II. Exhibitions and Events
This program offers opportunities to host exhibitions and events of experimental works by contemporary artists from Japan and abroad, and offers them opportunities to give presentations and engage in exchanges with local artists and people.
III. Related Activities
-AIR Exchange Program
-AIR Network Program
-Global Internship Program
* Microresidence Network: www.microresidence.net
The Microresidence Network serves as a platform that helps to activate AIR activities for artists, raise their visibility, form a network between its members, and conduct research and studies.
Youkobo Art Space aims to promote Artist-in-Residence (AIR) programs as a place for artists to create work, thereby setting AIR programs up as an important part of society. While running AIR programs to provide opportunities and spaces for artists from overseas to live and create work in Japan, Youkobo Art Space also strives, as another important task, to create opportunities and spaces for overseas activities of artists from Japan.
In an effort to offer domestic artists an opportunity to extend their activities abroad, Youkobo Art Space promotes exchange programs with similar overseas artist-in-residences. By doing so it encourages international exchange among artists, as well as between artists and local residents to facilitate people’s understanding of the diversity and individuality of each artist.
Leveraging its long experience as a member residence of Res Artis, a global AIR network based in the Netherlands, Youkobo Art Space presented the Microresidence Network to the world in 2012. Also as a member of the AIR Network Japan, it is actively engaged in network activities, does research on AIR programs in Japan and abroad, and releases findings of such activities. Since 2013, Youkobo Art Space has advanced collaborative projects between micro (AIRs) and macro (art colleges) organizations to practice the concept of Y-AIR, or AIR for Young, by providing young artists with opportunities to create work in an artist-in-residence and developing human resources through internship programs for AIR management.
Believing it important to maintain networks with the local community and other organizations, Youkobo Art Space opens a lounge for communication among people involved in community art activities, guest artists, visitors involved in fine arts, and local residents.
more detail: http://www.youkobo.co.jp/related_activities/