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ARCUS Project 2011 IBARAKI: Artist-in-residence Program

ARCUS Studio is pleased to inform that the call for the Artists-in-residence program of ARCUS Project 2011 IBARAKI has been opened.

Artist-in-residence program of ARCUS Project which aims to support the artistic activities of emerging artists was launched in 1995 by Ibaraki Prefectural Government as its main organizer. In its 16 years history, ARCUS has invited 77 artists from 25 countries / regions, and supported their artistic projects and researches during the residence. A number of previous residency artists are now known as cutting-edge artists in international art scene.

Since the year 2010, ARCUS artist-in-residence program has focused more on the “process” of activities.

Target Group

The Applicant should:

  • be an emerging artist engaged in contemporary visual arts or other related fields
  • have nationality of country other than Japan
  • have legal permission to enter Japan
  • be in a state of good health and able to carry out daily activities on his / her own
  • have enough English skill to communicate with other artists, director and coordinator
  • not be enrolled in educational institution (undergraduate, graduate school etc.) during the residency period

No more than one artist will be selected from one country / region.


Three (3) months (Early-September through December, 2011)

Residency Value

Each artist is provided with the following support during the residency period.

  • Studio
    • One classroom converted into studio is provided for each artist. The studio area is 67.5 sq.m. (W:9m x D:7.5m x H:3.3m) and equipped with internet circuit (no computer) and air conditioner. Fax and telephone (domestic calls only) are available for share at the Studio Office.
  • Accommodation
    • Each artist will be provided with a furnished studio-type apartment that includes minimum electric appliances near the studio.
  • Transportation fee
    • Artist from overseas: Round-trip (discounted economy class) airfare from the airport nearest their home to Narita International Airport is provided.
    • Artist inside of Japan: Round-trip public transportation fee from the nearest station / airport is provided.
  • Allowance
    • Artist will be provided with 100,000 yen per month for meals, local transportation, and other basic expenses and 100,000 yen per month for expense related to any kind of his / her artistic activities during residency period.
  • Insurance
    • Artist with foreign nationality will be covered by overseas travel injury insurance (30 million yen in case of death, or up to 2 million yen for medical treatment). Any past illness, chronic disease, and dental treatment are not covered.
  • Studio Office Support
    • Studio Office consists of director and coordinator. They will coordinate meetings with Japanese arts professionals, informants, and interpreters, assist artist in making arrangement necessary for his / her activities, and also facilitate communication with other artists and the local community.


There are three steps in application process:

  1. Sending general information and essays online
  2. Uploading JPEG image(s) and PDF(s) of your CV based on the instruction on the application page
  3. Mailing application materials. Please check other materials from Application Guideline first. If you would like to submit video work, send DVD via postal mail. The DVD should not contain the data more than 10 minutes.

Application Deadline is 20 April 2011. Both online and postal applications should be submitted by this date.

For postal application, the material postmark dated 20 April is not valid.

For the postal address please visit the official website.