Drama, Music, Visual Arts, Crafts, Photography/Media, Sculpture, Peromance, Print
* Applications are accepted in the field of performing arts and visual arts every other year (visual arts for 2015 and performing arts for 2016)
Residency Period / Application Period
●Residency Period: 3 months for a standard residency
●Application Period: April 16 – June 30, 2016（TBA）
Number of Resident Artists
Number not fixed
Conditions / Provisions
●Age limit: No
●Specification of Countries: No
●The artists should:
○be young and/ or emerging artists and art researchers, who have clear objectives for taking residency in Kyoto.
○plan and carry out community programs that involve the local residents during their residency.
○raise sufficient funds to cover travel (airfare) and living expenses (accommodation will be provided for free).
●Traveling expense: Not available
●Production fee: Available (¥200,000)
●Living expense: available
●Professional and staff support: Available (art-coordinator, volunteers, etc.)
●Opportunities for presentations/ exhibitions: Available (depend on schedule and availability of venues)
●Publication and distribution of a program report: Not available
Kyoto Art Center, Artist-in-Residence Program
Kyoto Art Center
Artist in Residence Section,
Public Interest Kyoto Art and Culture Association
Agency for Cultural Affairs,
Japan Foundation for Regional Art-Activities
* 12 artist studios
* Subject to availability
●Exhibit Space: Available
* Monthly apartment will be arranged on request
●Others: Kyoto Art Center is housed in a historic and cultural building which used to be Meirin Elementary School. Founded in 1869 and closed in 1993, the original school building was constructed by donations from local residents.
○West building: Ferroconcrete, 2 floors and a basement
○North building: Ferroconcrete, 3 floors
○South building: Ferroconcrete, 3 floors (partially 4 floors)
○Lot size: 4,387 sq. m.
○floor space in total: 5,209 sq. m.
* These buildings house the following facilities: Free space, Auditorium for theatrical performances, 2 galleries (for many exhibitions), Library (4,000 books on Kyoto and arts; approximately 400 visual materials; flyers/posters on art events)
5-minute walk from Hankyu-Kyoto line “Karasuma” station
5-minute walk from the Karasuma subway line “Shijo” station
The Kyoto Art Center was conceived as part of the Kyoto City’s 1996 policy for promoting arts and culture, which outlined plans, including establishing an art center to encourage artistic and cultural exchange.
Year of (Program) Commencement
Kyoto Art Center aims to facilitate artists to meet and inspire one another, and, also, provide the local residents with opportunities to appreciate the arts.
The artist-in-residence program is designed to enable young artists and researchers to explore innovative expressions in a cross-cultural environment.
It provides artists with support for residency, production, and presentation.
Artist-in-residence program that supports artistic production and research, and community programs for local residents, such as lectures, open studios, and workshops.
FY 2000: 2 groups of artists were invited
FY 2001: 4 groups of artists were invited
FY 2002: 5 groups of artists were invited
FY 2003: 4 groups of artists were invited
FY 2004: 4 groups of artists were invited
FY 2005: 3 groups of artists were invited
FY 2006: 5 groups of artists were invited
FY 2007: 3 groups of artists were invited
FY 2008: 1 groups of artists was invited
FY 2009: 1 groups of artists was invited
FY 2010: 2 groups of artists were invited
FY 2011: 2 groups of artists were invited (One group by recommendation)
FY 2012: 3 groups of artists were invited (One group by recommendation)
FY 2013: 3 groups of artists were invited (Two groups by recommendation)
FY 2014: 4 groups of artists were invited (One group by recommendation)
FY 2015: 5 groups of artists were invited (Two groups by recommendation)
FY 2016: 4 groups of artists were invited (Three groups by recommendation)
A.lter S.essio, Aeneas Wilder, Aimee Smith & Ben Taaffe, Annette Meyer, Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook, Aydan Turker, Basil Twist, Bettina Hystad, Bjorn Melhus, Dagmar Pachtner, Dylan Sheridan & Laura Hindmarsh, Ewa Machotka-Biedrzyck, Florian Gottke, Grady Gerbracht And Claudia Vieira, Hanna Pohjola, Hansol Yoon, Hiroki Yamamoto, Inbal Oshman, Inhwan Oh, Jay Kochel, Jean Rault, Johannes Lenhart, La Manga Video & Dance Company, Laurie Toby Edison, Liu Lushan, Liz Lerman Dance Exchang, Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, Loic Sturani, Marie-Ange Guilleminot, Marion Menzel, MART, Marti Ruiz, Martina Kalbe, Maureen Fleming, Maya Watanabe, Mia Cabalfin & Rhosam Prudenciado Jr., Michael Maurissen, Miho Iwata, Motoi Miura, Mutsumi Okada, Olive Bieringa & Otto Ramstad, Oliver Herring, Pearson Widrig （Sara Pearson & Patrik Widrig）, Petra Vermeer, Pius Cheung, Ram Katzir, Seo Kyong-Sun, She She Pop, Stephanie Comilang, Tamiko Thiel, Treasured Trash Project, Tricia Mclaren
Kyoto Art Center
546-2 Yamabushiyama-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-8156 Japan
TEL: +81-75-213-1000 / FAX: +81-75-213-1004
E-mail: residence(at)kac.or.jp, info(at)kac.or.jp
Contact Person: Haruna Hirano
November 9, 2016