ARKO (Artist in Residence Kurashiki, Ohara)

  • Open Call:Available
  • Grant for travel expenses:Available
  • Grant for production:Available
  • Grant for living costs:Available
  • Support by staff or specialist:Available
  • Studio:Available
  • Exhibit Space:Not Available
  • Accommodation:Not Available
  • Exhibition or Open Studio:Available
  • Publication:Available

Focus Area(s):Visual Arts, Photography/Media Arts, Print

Months of Residency:2018/04 - 2019/03:Maximum of 3 month

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Months of Application:2017/11 - 2017/12

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Application Guideline

Focus Area(s)

Visual Arts, Photography/Media Arts, Print

Residency Period / Application Period
Maximum 3 months
Number of Resident Artists
1 artist per year (2 artists were invited in 2006.)
Conditions / Provisions
The Applicant should:
* be a visual artist
* be in a good health and able to carry out daily activities on their own
* be cooperative with the publicity to promote the program (media interviews are scheduled at least once during the residency)
* complete works by the end of the residency period and present them at exhibitions.
●Traveling expense: Available
* Maximum ¥150,000 for a round trip between the artist’s home and Kurashiki
●Production fee: Available
* Maximum ¥200,000; the actual amount will be decided in consultation with the museum
●Studio: Available
* No electricity or air conditioning; the terms of studio use should be discussed with the museum in advance
●Living expense: Available
* Per diem ¥3,000 X the number of days in residence
●Accommodation: Available
* A furnished apartment with basic utilities, located in proximity to the studio and the museum; approximately 15 minutes by bicycle; bicycle and utility costs are provided by the organizer.
●Professional and staff support: Available
* Museum staff is available for assistance in finding materials and supporting artist’s daily life; technical support for production is not available.
●Opportunities for presentations/exhibitions: Available
* Exhibition at the Ohara Museum of Art.
●Publication and distribution of a program report: Available
* A Program report will be published and distributed to art institutions after the end of the program.
Application Procedure
Open call
* Information about the application process will be uploaded on the official website of the Ohara Museum of Art around December each year. Please refer to this and send relevant application documents to the museum by post.
Screening Process
Selection is made by the Ohara Museum of Art

Facilities Information

Program Name
ARKO(Artist in Residence Kurashiki, Ohara)
Administrative Organization
Ohara Museum of Art
Administrative Body
Ohara Museum of Art Curatorial department
Facility Name
Former atelier of Torajiro Kojima
Facility Address
Sakazu, Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture
Facility Description
The program is based in Muisonso, in the former atelier of Torajiro Kojima.
Kojima is an artist who collected artworks that later became the core collection of Ohara Museum of Art. The atelier is not open to public.
The atelier is in a wooden building, built in 1927, with an area of 70 sq. m. and approximately 3m-high walls. The north wall is covered with a large glass window.
The space not equipped with air conditioning or electric supply.
The studio is located approximately 3km northwest from Ohara Museum of Art. It is situated inside Muisonso, which is a villa owned by the Ohara family in Sakazu.
Despite its close proximity to Kurashiki’s city center, it is in a peaceful environment, surrounded by beautiful nature with the meandering Takahashi River.
Muisonso has several buildings on its 6,600 sq. m. ground. The studio is in the building that was built in 1927.
Surrounding Environment
By train: Get off at JR “Kurashiki” station; approximately 10 minutes by car or 20 minutes by bicycle
Since its inauguration in 1930, Ohara Museum of Art has supported contemporary artists who are innovative in their outlook. In this context, the museum saw the prospect of artist-in-residence program as an effective and up-to-date method to support artists, in addition to collecting and exhibiting their artworks.
The museum decided to base the program in Muisonso, since the utilization of Kojima's former atelier had been a management issue at the museum.
The first program was held in 2005, by inviting an artist to take residency. From 2006 onwards, the program has been making an open call for applications.
Year of (Program) Commencement
Program Objectives
* To support young artists.
* To utilize Muisonso and the former atelier of Torajiro Kojima
* To extend artistic network from Kurashiki
Program Activities
Artist-in-residency program supports artists’ activities and assists artists with exhibiting works completed during the residency at the Ohara Museum of Art.
For the 2010 program, two artists will be selected to work in the studio. Their works, completed during the residency, were exhibited at the Museum at the end of the program.
A program report was published and distributed to art institutions.
In the year from 2005 to 2016, ARKO has invited 14 artists.
Past Residents
Akiko Ueda, Chie Koda, Chieko Oshie, Kumi Machida, Miyuku Tsugumi, Natsuko Sakamoto, Natsunosuke Mise, Reina Taniho, Satoko Nachi, Sayaka Suzuki, Takako Azami, Takako Hojo, Takeo Hanazawa, Toshiaki Hikosaka
Ohara Museum of Art
1-1-15 Chuo, Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture 710-8575 Japan
TEL: +81- 86-422-0005 / FAX: +81-86-427-3677
E-mail: info(at)
Contact Person: Hideyuki YANAGISAWA
Last modified
June 8, 2017