MI-LAB Lake Kawaguchi Artist-in-Residence

  • 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):Printmaking
* Mokuhanga (water-based woodblock printmaking)

Months of Residency:2018/04 - 2018/11: See details below

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Months of Application:2017/03 - 2017/05

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Urauchi mounting workshopStudiosOrientationWorkshop of sharpening wood chiselsGroup of resident artistsMt. Fuji in autumn

Application Guideline

Focus Area(s)

* Mokuhanga (water-based woodblock printmaking)

Residency Period / Application Period
●Residency period
○Basic Training Program A: April – May, 30 - 40 days, 6 artists
○Advanced Artists Proguram: June – September, 30 - 40 days, during , 6 artists
○Basic Training Program B: October – November, 30 - 40 days, 6 artists
○Summer Workshop: Summer (June – August, 5 - 10 days)
○Research Program: Autumn (20 - 25 days)
●Application period
○Basic Training Program: October - November
○Summer Workshop: November - December
○Continuing Study Program for Advanced Artists: December- January
Number of Resident Artists
Around six artists per program (* Up to ten artists for summer workshop)
Conditions / Provisions
●Age limit: Ages 30 to 60 (Accepting university students to attend summer workshop)
●Specification of Countries: None
●Others: All three programs are for Mokuhanga (water-based woodblock printmaking)
●Travel expenses: Not Available
●Production fee: Not Available
●Living expenses: Not Available
●Professional and staff support: Available
* Support is available in Japanese and English
●Opportunities for exhibitions/presentations: Available
* Post-Residence Show will be held after returning home
●Publication and distribution of a program report: Available
Application Procedure
Open call
Screening Process
Document screening by the five-member MI-LAB board

Facilities Information

Program Name
MI-LAB Lake Kawaguchi Artist-in-Residence
Administrative Organization
MI-LAB Committee
Administrative Body
Department of Culture and Arts, Center for the Science of Human Endeavor
Subsidized by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, supported by Holbein Art Materials Inc.
Facility Name
Lake Kawaguchi Residence
Facility Address
4018 Katsuyama, Fujikawaguchiko Town, Minamitsuru-gun, Yamanashi 401-0310, Japan
Tel: 050-73-8517 (Tokyo)
Fax: 03-3831-2168
Website: http://www.endeavor.or.jp/mi-lab/
Facility Description
* The studio and residence are located in Fujikawaguchiko Town in Yamanashi Prefecture. The exhibition space, where finished woodblock prints are exhibited, is situated within 3331 Arts Chiyoda in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo.
●Studio: Available
* Over 100 m2
* Available for water-based woodcut printmaking and related work
●Exhibition space: Available
* Approx. 20 m2
●Accommodation: Available
* Eight rooms (each room is 18 m2 on average)
* Smoking is not permitted
Surrounding Environment
Fujikawaguchiko Town, where the residence is located, has a population of approx. 25,000. The town’s key industry is tourism. It is home to lakes Kawaguchiko, Saiko, Shojiko and Motosuko at the foot of Mount Fuji, and attracts large numbers of visitors as a base for exploring Mt. Fuji, and as a summer resort. The residence is in the Katsuyama-chiku hamlet and has a convenience store, restaurants, post office, elementary school and community center nearby.
Two hours by highway bus from Tokyo station to Kawaguchiko station. Thirty-minute walk from Kawaguchiko Eki to the residence, or six to seven minutes by local bus or taxi.
For the purpose of promoting the uniquely Japanese art of Mokuhanga (water-based woodblock printmaking) in internationally, the Center for the Science of Human Endeavor held annual open workshops for collaborative projects between artisans and artists from 1994 to 1997, with a four-year subsidy from Awaji City (former Tsuna Town), Hyogo Prefecture.
For 13 years from 1997 to 2009, the Center was commissioned by Awaji City to plan and execute a Mokuhanga residency program for overseas artists. In June 2011, the Center held its 1st International Mokuhanga Conference in Kyoto and Awaji Cities, calling on former resident artists from the 13-year history of the residency program to take part. The Conference was attended by 108 participants from 22 countries, who engaged in an international and interdisciplinary exchange of information on the history, expressions, education, techniques, and materials of water-based woodblock prints.
MI-LAB Committee was newly created by the Center in response to the many requests from overseas artists and printmaking instructors for the continuation of Mokuhanga residencies after the Awaji City artist-in-residence program was discontinued. The artist-in-residence program resumed in 2011 after a new residence and studio was established in Fujikawaguchiko Town, Yamanashi Prefecture.
Year of (Program) Commencement
Program Objectives
The programs are designed to introduce participants to Mokuhanga (water-based woodblock printmaking) techniques and their history, cultural backgrounds, materials and tools, and provide opportunities for participants to create original water-based woodblock prints. By doing so, the programs aim to internationally promote water-based—which is also environmentally friendly—woodblock printmaking, advance the training of domestic experts (in techniques, tools and materials) who support Mokuhanga, contribute to the preservation of skills, and invigorate activities in the field of Mokuhanga.
Program Activities
1. Basic Training Program (fee-based program)
Participants master the basics of mokuhanga, creating three or more works during the roughly month-long residency.
2. Summer Workshop (fee-based program in Tokyo)
Workshop designed for a group of artists or students who want to briefly experience Mokuhanga, Watoji and Urauchi.
3. Advanced Program (fee-based program)
Intended for artists engaged in creative work, education and/or study of printmaking in general. Participants experience mokuhanga to explore new printmaking possibilities, to expand their technical means of expression, and for further innovation.
4. Research Program
20-day-residency designed to support a scholar or writer with the research of mokuhanga.
○FY 2011: 10 artists
* 2011 Residence Artist Preview Exhibition
* Post-Residency Show by FY 2011 MI-LAB Lake Kawaguchi Artists in Residence
○FY 2012: 14 artists
* 2012 Residence Artist Preview Exhibition
* Post-Residency Show by FY 2012 MI-LAB Lake Kawaguchi Artists in Residence
○FY 2013: 11 artists
* 2013 Residence Artist Preview Exhibition
○FY 2014: 11 artists
* 2014 Residence Artist Preview Exhibition
○FY 2015: 16 artists
Past Residents
Alexandre Fortin, Brenda Petays, Brian CURLING, Carol Wilhide, Charles Coates, Christina Lutz, Christine NG, Danielle O’CONNER AKIYAMA, Deborah Louise METZ, Elisabet ALSOS STRAND, Eva PIETZCKER, Florence NEAL, Hiroki MORINOUE, Iina Heiskanen, Jacqueline GRIBBIN, Keiko HARA, Laura BOSWELL, Laurence Pint, Linda BEEMAN, Luis Castañeda, Mara COZZOLINO, Mareike BESCH, Maria João Pacheco, Melissa Schulenberg, Natasha Norman, Ning Mercer, Paul FURNEAUX, Ragnhild Løkke, Ralph KIGELL, Sally PILLER, Sari Vuorenpää, Selina Karim, Tarrvi LAAMANN, Tomasz KAWELCZYK, Yoonmi NAM
Mokuhanga Innovation Laboratory
6-11-14-B109 Sotokanda
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0021, Japan
Tel: 050-3304-9001 / Fax: 03-3831-2168
E-mail: infodesk(at)endeavor.or.jp
Website: http://www.endeavor.or.jp/mi-lab
Contact person: Yasuyuki Sato
Last modified
August 28, 2017