Residency Period / Application Period
Number of Resident Artists
60 artists in 2010
Conditions / Provisions
●Age limit: No
●Specification of Countries: No
* Some programs are only applied to specific countries.
* It is required to use the studio more than 60% of the time during the residence.
●Traveling expense: Available
●Production fee: Available
●Living expense: Available
●Professional and staff support： Available
●Opportunities for presentation/exhibitions: Available
●Publication and distribution of program report: Available
* Special instructions：Depends on the program
* Special instructions：Some programs are open for only appointed artists.
Screening of the application documents
BankART Studio NYK Artist in Studio
Culture and Tourism Bureau, City of Yokohama
Agency for Cultural Affairs
BankART Studio NYK
* 20 - 60 ㎡
* Special instructions：Project planning documents are required
●Exhibit Space: Available
* 2,000 ㎡
* Special instructions: Project planning documents are required
* 2 rooms
* Special instructions：at BankART Sakura-residence
* Two shower rooms are available in the studio NYK.
In the background to the city’s efforts to promote the “Creative City Yokohama” project in the last decade, the number of creative facilities—besides BankART Studio NYK—has been increasing, including Steep Slope Studio; YOKOHAMA CREATIVE CITY CENTER; the Graduate School of Film and New Media, Tokyo University of the Arts; Koganecho Bazaar; Zou-No-Hana Terrace; and shared studios represented by Bankokubashi SOKO and Utoku Bldg YONKAI. On top of this, Yokohama Triennale, a large-scale international exhibition, marked its fifth anniversary in 2014.
Four minute walk from Bashamichi Station (Exit 6) on Minato Mirai Line
At the end of 2003, Yokohama City chose two historical buildings located on Bashamichi Street—the Former First Bank and the Former Fuji Bank— for a cultural and artistic project as the starting point the urban revitalization of (Yokohama’s Creative City Project), and held a competition to evaluate business operations utilizing the buildings.
BankART 1923 was launched on March 6, 2004. After several relocations and renovations, BankART Studio NYK is now based in the former port warehouse, where it hosts various activities.
Our fundamental mission is to build a network with other cities in and outside of Japan; to establish an economic foundation; and to increase artists’ self-awareness as frontrunners in art creation. The functions of the Studio include large-scale exhibitions, dance festivals, programs coordinated with other organizers, a café and a pub, a shop, the production of media content, art classes, and the operation of art studios.
Programs are not always confined within the studio, but often conducted off-studio and in collaboration with artists from other fields. Examples of such events and activities include attracting creators to nearby vacant buildings (offices or studios); the “Landmark Project,” which utilizes unused places and space through the display of art work; “Food and Contemporary Arts,” which explores the relationship between food culture and art in collaboration with the community; and exhibitions on disaster preparedness and arts.
We have collaborated with various different fields. In addition, we have built a stronger network with other cities in Japan and major organizations in Korea through a program called the Contemporary Sequel to the Joseon (Korean) Envoys to Japan, a new exchange program between Japan and Korea.
Year of (Program) Commencement
The program objectives of the BankART Studio NYK accord with the principles of the activity of BankART1929, namely, to utilize the historical buildings and port warehouses for cultural and artistic purposes, making the facilities a starting point for urban revitalization.
Specifically, that means attracting artists to the town, and having them interact with each other and share ideas. Having a population of artists live in the town, it is highly likely that some individuals will find the potential hidden in a mundane life scene or an uncharacteristic landscape. Having them live and work in the town will also facilitate the beginning of a dialog with the local people. This will result in a gradual spread of their artistic influence to the town.
The studio programs have been particularly focused more than any other program in the BankART’s entire projects since its foundation. Immediately after its launch in 2004, we invited artists such as Michiyoshi Isozaki and Satoshi Miyagi for a long-term stay to produce and present the project to the local community. The artist-in-residence program has been conducted annually in recent years, using the entire facilities of BankART Studio NYK.
We provide 20 to 30 groups of artists with a studio, and in addition to supporting their production, we hold artists’ talks on weekends, and hold an open studio in the final week, all of which are widely open to the public. We will hold the same programs in April to June FY 2015, and also in FY 2016 to 2017. Although we do not have any accommodation facilities in the studio, we have a small accommodation facility nearby called “BankART Sakura Residence.” Those who come a long distance or from abroad can use it if they are in a small group.
Recently the number of exchange programs with foreign countries has been growing. By using the vacant buildings in the local area, we have coordinated many cases of artists temporarily sharing studios for durations of two to five years. Starting with the large Kitanaka BRICK&WHITE, which boasts a great number of residents, we have promoted coordination and helped creators to secure studios/residences, including Honcho Bldg 45, Utoku Bldg YONKAI, Shin Minatoku.
◯BankART Artist in Residence
In the program, the entire facility of BankART Studio NYK (approx. 3,000m2) is available, with 30 to 40 groups of artists staying for about 2 months. There are many open programs including artists’ talks on weekends and an open studio in the final week of the artists’ residency. The years the program have been held are as follows: 2007, 2010 (one term), 2010 (two terms), 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015.
◯Exchange Artist Program between Yokohama and Taipei
This program has been conducted annually since 2004. BankART and Taipei Artist Village accept one artist each for three months. At each of the facilities, they produce and hold an exhibition.
◯Shin Minatoku: A Small City for the Future [BankART Life III]
This exhibition was held in conjunction with Yokohama Triennale 2011. We invited 130 main artists/organizations of art space from Japan and overseas, who presented their work. Their durations of stay ranged from one week to three months. About 60,000 people visited the place during the period.
◯Agency for Cultural Affairs/ Project of Forming a Base of Culture and Art and Publicity Overseas
In 2011, we accepted more residents than in the past, within the framework of a similar program in conjunction with Yokohama Triennale.
Since 2012, we have accepted a regular number of residents from overseas.
◯Contemporary Sequel to the Joseon (Korean) Envoys to Japan
For five years, we have continued an original exchange program between Japan and Korea to take over practices of exchanges representing the Joseon Envoys to Japan in the Edo Period. We have built a stronger network among cities in Korea and Japan including Seoul, Jinsen, Taegu, Kwangju, Cheongju, Busan, Tushima, Fukuoka, cities on the Seto Inland Sea, Osaka, Nagoya, and Yokohama. Visits to these cities and art spaces (including tours) are frequently conducted. For example, through an arrangement with the Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture, we exchanged AIR with Seoul Art Space Geumcheon. We also accepted artists through an arrangement with the Busan Cultural Foundation within the framework of a plan of Busan and the Contemporary Sequel to the Joseon (Korean) Envoys to Japan.
◯Long-term Shared Studio Program
We have also focused on attracting facilities to form a base for art creators. Kitanaka BRICK&WHITE is owned by Mori Bldg. Co., Ltd., and is due to be revitalized. We utilized the building for a two-year period. For one-and-a-half years from 2005 to 2006, 53 groups of 250 artists actively engaged in art activities. Honcho Building Shigokai, due to be demolished, was utilized for a three-year period, accepting 17 groups of residents. A similar number of groups of 20 residents have continued to stay at Utoku Bldg YONKAI. Despite changes, the number of creators who have taken root in the community is increasing. Hammer-Head Studio, Shin Minatoku is a colossal shared atelier established in cooperation with Yokohama City. It was opened for a two-year period. From May 2012 to April 2014, 50 fixed groups of 180 artists/creators resided there. Many guest resident artists held personal exhibitions at notable museums in Japan, or visited from abroad. Open studios were regularly opened to the public, attracting many local people, as well as people from all over Japan and overseas.
Arica, Asao Tokolo, Aya Takano, Chen Wan-Ling, Chen Yen-Yi, Chou Yu-Cheng, Erika Tan, Ho Ming-Kuei, Junko Maruyama, Koki Tanaka, Lai Pei-Yu, Luise Curham, Megumi Nakamura, Miaca, Mihokanno, Mineki Murata, Mio Shirai, N-Mark, Nobianiki-Ryo Kaneko, Noriyuki Haraguchi, Off Nibroll, Rintaro Hiramine, SHIMURAbros., Takayuki Fujimoto, Tatsuji Ushijima, Tomoko Oshika, Yoshiaki Kaihatsu, Yusuke Asai
February 6, 2016