Kinosaki International Arts Center, Artist-In-Residence program

  • 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:Not Available
  • Accommodation:Available
  • Exhibition or Open Studio:Available
  • Publication:Not Available

Focus Area(s):Drama, Performance, Performing arts in general

Months of Residency:2018/04/01 - 2019/03/31

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Months of Application:2017/04/28 - 2017/06/15

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Exterior, Kinosaki International Arts Center ©Madoka NishiyamaHall, Kinosaki International Arts Center ©Madoka NishiyamaStudio1, Kinosaki International Arts Center ©Madoka NishiyamaEntrance, Kinosaki International Arts Center ©Madoka NishiyamaCafe

Application Guideline

Focus Area(s)

Drama, Performance, Performing arts in general

Residency Period / Application Period
●Residency Period: April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019
(The length of the stay is a minimum of three days to a maximum of three months)
●Application Period:April 28 to June 15, 2017
Number of Resident Artists
Conditions / Provisions
○ Age Limit: None
○ Nationality: Any
*Individual artists or group of artists can stay at Kinosaki International Arts Center for their artistic activities for a minimum of three days to a maximum of three months.
*Artists are required to be able to speak and understand basic Japanese or English. If they don’t, artists should hire an interpreter at their own expense.
*Artists are required to be independent and capable of working and living on their own doing their laundry, cooking, cleaning, etc. If they can’t, artists should hire a helper at their own expense.
*Artists are expected to be willing to communicate with the locals and tourists through the Local Community Exchange Program.
*Artists must follow the rules and regulations of Kinosaki International Arts Center. In case of any violation, artists will have to pay a penalty.
*Artists must cover all travel and living expenses and all production costs.
○ Presentation/exhibitions: Available.
It is not compulsory to present a finished work. However, artists are required to take part in the Local Community Exchange Program by organizing events such as work-in-progress showings, open studios, artist talks, workshops, etc.
○Publication and distribution of activities report: Not Available
* Yearly program book available
○Other conditions: Resident artists can use the seven public hot spring bathhouses of Kinosaki for 100 yen each which is the same price as for the locals.
Application Procedure
Open call
Screening Process
The judges (4 outside experts) and staff of Kinosaki International Arts Center will screen all applicants. The process of the screening is closed but a hearing to the applicant may be done if it is needed.
Oriza Hirata (playwright, director, Artistic Director of Seinendan theater company, Artistic Director of KIAC)
Norikazu Sato (Executive Director of Japan Contemporary Dance Network, Adviser of KIAC)
Chieko Kinoshita (Art Producer, Associate Professor at the Osaka University Center for the Study of Co*Design)
Chiaki Soma (Art Producer, Representative Director of Arts Commons Tokyo)
Mikiya Taguchi (Director of KIAC)
Yuichiro Yoshida (Program Director of KIAC)

Facilities Information

Program Name
Kinosaki International Arts Center, Artist-In-Residence program
Administrative Organization
Kinosaki International Arts Center (KIAC)
Administrative Body
Toyooka city
Specified Nonprofit Organization Community Arts Center Platz
Facility Name
Kinosaki International Arts Center (KIAC)
Facility Address
See “Inquiry”
Facility Description
○ Studios:Available
・Hall: 1
・Studios: 6 [Studio 1 :79 sq.m., Studio 2 :48 sq.m., Studio 3 :41 sq.m., Studio 4 :61 sq.m., Studio 5 :55 sq.m., Studio 6 :27 sq.m.]
*Conditions: Studio 2 is soundproofed.
○ Exhibit Space: Not Available
○ Accommodation: Available
*Numbers: 7 residential rooms [3 Japanese-style rooms and 4 western-style rooms]
Surrounding Environment
Kinosaki is one of the most popular hot spring towns in the Kansai area (Western Japan). Is it famous for its seven public hot spring bathhouses. Many tourists visit the town throughout the year to relax in them. Surrounded by beautiful nature, KIAC is located within a short walking distance from the center of town. The quiet environment allows the resident artists to focus on their work during their stay.
20 minute work from JR Kinosaki-Onsen station (nearest train station)
Year of (Program) Commencement
Program Objectives
The aim of the program is to support creativity of various artists and companies and to then present and promote the finished works not only in Japan but also in the rest of the world. Another objective is to encourage creative exchanges with the local community and tourists through events, such as open studios, workshops, and talk shows.
Program Activities
The center offers an Artist-In-Residence program for artists and companies selected once a year through an audition process. Artists can stay at KIAC for a minimum of three days to a maximum of three months. They can use the hall, the studios and the guest rooms without having to pay for any facility charge or accommodation costs. All of the facilities offered are available 24 hours daily. During their stay, artists are required to take part in the Local Community Exchange Program by organizing events, such as work-in-progress showings, open studios, artist talks, and workshops.
○ Seinendan International Theatre Exchange Project 2014
 Seinendan + Osaka University Robot Theatre Project Android version “The Metamorphosis” Working in Residence & Show
○ Yanagimiwa Theatre Project “Zero Hour The last tape of Tokyo Rose” Working in Residence
○ Japan Dramatists Convention 2014
○ Niwa Gekidan Penino Darkmaster creation
○ Tabaimo × Maki Morishita Sabi kara deta mi / Fruits borne out of rust creation
○ Tsuyoshi Shirai × Ken’ichi Nakagawa × Tetsushi Horii ON-MYAKU 2016―see/do/be tone― creation
○ Régine Chopinot PACIFIKMELTINGPOT creation
○ Toshiki Okada God Bless Baseball creation, etc
Past Residents
Checkpoint Theatre, Daniel Kok (discodanny), Daniel Léveillé, Hideto Iwai, Hiroshi Ishiguro, Irène Jacob, Joris Lacoste, Kuro Tanino, Luca Silvestrini, Mika Kurosawa, Mirai Moriyama, Miwa Yanagi, Monochrome Circus, Oriza HIRATA, Régine Chopinot, Repliee S1“androïde”, Sandra Kantanen, Shuji Onodera, Tabaimo, Takayuki Fujimoto, Tim Watts, Toshiki Okada, Tsuyoshi Shirai, Yukio Suzuki, Zan Yamashita
Kinosaki International Arts Center
1062 Yushima Kinosaki-cho Toyooka-shi Hyogo 669-6101
TEL: +81-796-32-3888 / FAX: +81-796-32-3898
E-mail: info(at)
Contact person: Yuichiro Yoshida
Last modified
May 11, 2017