Art Space Yosuga

  • Open Call:Not 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):Not specified (Writing is included.)
* Those engaged in expression in any field are invited (as long as he/she creates works that the facility’s structure can accommodate).

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Application Guideline

Focus Area(s)

Not specified (Writing is included.)
* Those engaged in expression in any field are invited (as long as he/she creates works that the facility’s structure can accommodate).

Residency Period / Application Period
● Residency Period: Any time (1 to 6 months on a monthly basis)
● Application period: April 2014 to March 2015
Number of Resident Artists
To be announced
Conditions / Provisions
○ Age limit: None
* If a participant is a minor, approval of his/her guardian or surrogate guardian is required.
○ Nationality requirement: None
* Conversational English or Japanese is required.
○ Obtain a visa by yourself
○ Other requirements: Having no hesitations against visitors’ entering the facility to observe the production process because the facility is aimed to open to observe artists’ creative work to anyone including local residents
○ Traveling expense: Not Available
○ Production fee: Not Available
○ Living expense: Not Available
○ Professional and staff support (help from personnel toward production): Available
* Interpretation service by volunteer staff members (English only) The interpreters are not stationed on a full-time basis.
○ Opportunities for exhibitions/presentations: Available
○ Publication and distribution of activity report: Available
* Activity report on the website
Application Procedure
Closed application
Screening Process
Selected by staff member

Facilities Information

Program Name
Art Space Yosuga
Administrative Organization
Art Space Yosuga
Administrative Body
Facility Name
Refer to “Contact Information for Inquiries”
Facility Address
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Facility Description
○ Studios: Available
* Approx. 18 m2 and 2.7 m high
* The living room and common space can be used for production activities.
○ Exhibit Space: Available
* Approx. 13 m2 with wall height of 2.7 m
* The whole facility including the living room can be used for exhibition.
○ Accommodation: Available
* Two kyoma rooms (a Japanese-style room built according to a formula based on a space between the pillars of approximately 1.97 meters) with an area of 4.5 tatami mats, one kyoma room with an area of 3 tatami mats, one Western-style room with an area of 6 tatami mats and one Western-style room with an area of 3 tatami mats
* One of the kyoma rooms with an area of 4.5 tatami mats is used for shamisen (three-stringed Japanese instrument) lessons irregularly held three to four times a month.
○ Other: a lounge, common kitchen, two common lavatories, common bathroom, common laundry room (with two washing machines), and two common rooms
Surrounding Environment
Since the capital Heian-kyo was established there in 794, Kyoto has been the center of Japanese traditional culture and arts, called the “Millennium city.” Many cultural assets are found throughout the city and world heritages including Kamigamo Shrine, Shimogamo Shrine, Toji Temple, Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Enryakuji Temple, Daigoji Temple, Ninnaji Temple, Byodoin Temple, Ujigami Shrine, Kosanji Temple, Saihoji Temple (known as the “Moss Temple”), Tenryuji Temple, Kinkakuji Temple, Ginkakuji Temple, Ryoanji Temple, Nishi-Hongwanji Temple and Nijo Castle are located in Kyoto Prefecture. The Kyoto Art Center and many other cultural facilities are located near Yosuga. This facility is conveniently located within walking distance from Kyoto Station.
○ 20-minute walk from Kyoto Station
○ 7-minute walk from Gojo Station (station next to Kyoto Station) on the Karasuma subway line
The representative of Yosuga had lived without knowing much about art. After working as a volunteer staff person in the Tohoku region, where his relatives were affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011, he knew that the beauty of colorful art can provoke smiles among people. He decided to spend the latter half of his life devoted to activities to support people engaged in works of expression, in order to make many people happy and smile. In March 2013, he took early retirement from the company where he had long worked and established this facility in Kyoto, the capital of Japanese art and culture, in September 2013 at his own expense.
Year of (Program) Commencement
Program Objectives
The word “yosuga,” used as the name of this facility, is the origin of the word “yukari” (connection, relation, etc.) in Japanese, meaning a place to physically or mentally depend on or person to rely on, for example, relatives, friends and protectors. This facility uses a renovated kyomachiya (traditional trade merchants‘ houses in Kyoto) with a structure in which each part of the building works together in mutual support. This facility is aimed at being a “yosuga” for many artists through this project and making as many people as possible smile. It also focuses on boosting the region through art and contributing to society by promoting regional and international exchange programs as well as supporting artists.
Program Activities
○ Artist-in-Residence (AIR) program
Providing international artists with time and space to be engaged in creative activity or research in an inspiring environment with rich Japanese culture, entertainment and other arts while staying in this traditional city of Kyoto
○ Rental gallery program
Gallery rental at a low rate to provide young artists with opportunities to present their works and nurture the next generation through exchanges with AIR participants staying at this facility
○ Rental space program
Organizing seminars, concerts and other events to provide AIR participants with opportunities to exchange with local residents and know Japanese culture
○ Hands-on farming experience
Providing opportunities to experience farming, the origin of productive activity, to realize the splendor of production with all the senses and employ what participants learn from farming in their production or research activity
○ Short stay project
We support artistic activities by accommodating short stays involving only research and no production activities. This short stay project is available for one night up to one week. (Staying more than one week is negotiable.)
* The facility is also available for stays by art-related people for the purpose of art-related activities, including research, conferences, exhibitions, and performances, not necessarily involving the creation of artworks, on the condition of agreement with the terms of use.
-Normal Stay
Private room: 5,000yen/night
for those wishing to share a room, the cost will be 5,000円 / night plus 2,000yen/night for every additional person. For example: Two people sharing one room (5,000yen+2,000yen)=7,000yen/night
Three people sharing one room (5,000yen+ (2,000yenx2) )=9,000yen/night
- Special discount for guests involved in a cultural event in Kyoto during the period of their stay!
Private room: 4,500yen/night
for those wishing to share a room, the cost will be 4,500yen/night plus 2,000yen / night for every additional person.
For example: Two people sharing one room (4,500yen+2,000yen)=6,500yen / night
Three people sharing one room (4,500yen+ (2,000yenx2) )=8,500yen / night
- Special discount for residency artists of any programs in Japan
(stay in a travel in Kyoto during or after an AIR program in Japan)
Private room: 4,000yen/night
for those wishing to share a room, two people sharing one room=7,000yen/night, three people sharing one room=9,000yen/night
• FY 2013: One artist from the U.S. (New York) (Artist’ public speaking event and Post-Residency Show were held)
• Since the acceptance of short stays was started, the facility has so far accommodated approximately 180 artists and musicians from Japan and abroad in about three years. As an ideal place for the exchange of information and diverse views, it has encouraged artists of various origins to build friendly relationships with each other across national borders. Moreover, the facility has provided local communities with opportunities to directly participate in artistic activities, resulting in growing interest in art among local people.
Past Residents
Donald Cameron
Art Space Yosuga
3-454 Tenshi-tsukinuke, Higashi Nakasujitori Gojo-sagaru Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto 600-8456, Japan
Phone/Fax: +81 -75-201-1047
Contact person: Tadayoshi Numasawa
Last modified
December 20, 2016