Art Space Yosuga

  • 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:Not 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 and size can accommodate).

Months of Residency:2017/04 - 2018/03: A/N

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Months of Application:2017/04 - 2018/03: A/N

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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 and size can accommodate).

Residency Period / Application Period
● Residency Period: Any time (1 to 6 months on a monthly basis)
● Application period: Any time
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 studio to observe the production process because the facility is aimed to open to observe artists’ creative work to anyone including local residents
Provisions
○ 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 up to artists
○ Publication and distribution of activity report: Not Available
* Activity report on the website
Application Procedure
Open call
Screening Process
Selected by staff member

Facilities Information

Program Name
Art Space Yosuga
Administrative Organization
Art Space Yosuga
Administrative Body
Partner(s)
Facility Name
Refer to “Contact Information for Inquiries”
Facility Address
Refer to “Contact Information for Inquiries”
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
* 3 bedrooms
- Type A : Western-style room ( Bunk bed + Futon) Maximum of 3 people
(This room is fully usable as a studio)
- Type B : Tatami-room (Japanese-style) 4.5 tatami mat room (Futon) Maximum of 2 people
(In order to avoid damage to the walls/tatami floor, any studio work in this room must be limited to small works executed on a desktop surface)
- Type C : Tatami-room (Japanese-style) 4.5 + 3 tatami mat rooms (Futon) Maximum of 3 people
(In order to avoid damage to the walls/tatami floor, any studio work in this room must be limited to small works executed on a desktop surface)
○ 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.
Access
○ 20-minute walk from Kyoto Station
○ 7-minute walk from Gojo Station (station next to Kyoto Station) on the Karasuma subway line
History
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
2013
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
Yosuga Art Space is a place for artists and other culturally affiliated people to live and work together. Simply experiencing the traditional culture, craft and performance here is a reason enough to come, there is no obligation to create or exhibit artwork. We are located within walking distance of Kyoto station, and one has easy access to sites within Kyoto as well as the larger Kansai area. We will use our connections to try to support you however possible in fulfilling your desires for cultural research during your stay…including seeing art events, attending discussions or meetings, and making the rounds at tourism hotspots. For a creative person all of these things can be considered an important form of research.

[1 night-6 month stay]
▪ Normal Stay
One room/one person/night ¥6,500 One room/two people/night ¥10,000 One room/three people/night ¥15,000
▪ Special discountⅠ Residents whose stay is concurrent with an exhibition or performance opening in Kyoto city.
Residents whose stay is before / after / concurrent with a stay in the Microresidence Network.
One room/one person/night ¥4,500 One room/two people/night ¥7,000 One room/three people/night ¥10,500
▪ Special discountⅡ Residents whose stay is before / after / concurrent with another Japanese AIR program which is not
in the Microresidence Network.
One room/one person/night ¥5,000 One room/two people/night ¥8,000 One room/three people/night ¥12,000
[Stay + Artistic Production + Exhibition]
*For those willing to use their bedrooms as a studio, and do not need an exhibition, there is no additional fee.
*Studio usage fee : ¥2,000 / day
*Exhibition location
Use of the Salon for exhibition purposes accrues a fee of ¥1,000 per hour. (Normal salon hours need not apply)
Use of a location other than the Yosuga facility incurs the full burden of that location’s rental.
Use of a bedroom for exhibition requires that the artist pay the full daily rate of a resident living in that room.
●SPACE
Yosuga Art Space have the space for exhibition, screening, performance (music, terpsichorean art, rakugo), seminar, workshop, product sales event, etc. The space is not big so that you can be creative and enjoy the close distance to the audience.
●COMMUNITY
A networking space between residency artists and local residents
Talk & Drink Community salon YOSUGA
7:00pm - 0:00am / Holiday: Mondays
※Free one drink for residency artists every nights
Outcomes
• 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
Inquiry
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
Email: yosuga.kyoto(at)gmail.com
Website: http://air-yosuga.jp/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AirYosuga
Contact person: Tadayoshi Numasawa
Last modified
August 18, 2017