ARCUS Artists-in-Residence, Japan

Deadline: 20 April 2011
Open to: an emerging artist engaged in contemporary visual arts or other related fields, not enrolled in any educational institution
Provisions: studio, accommodation, round-trip ticket, 100,000 yen/month pocket money

The call for the Artists-in-residence program of ARCUS Project 2011 IBARAKI has been opened. Arcus looks forward to receiving the applications of the artists those who have enthusiasm for realizing their creative projects at ARCUS. 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.


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

Period of Program

Early-September through December, 2011

Program Provisions

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


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.
**Artist is required to bring / prepare specific tools, equipment, and software necessary for his / her artistic activities. Although minimum tools (ex. drill, screwdriver, hammer, saw etc.) are available, studios are not equipped with professional facilities such as workshop, studio for shooting or editing room. ARCUS also cannot provide SLR photograph camera, video camera and tripod.


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.


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.


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.

Program Requirements

More info here.

Application Procedure

Please download the Application Guideline from ARCUS website, and follow the procedure.

There are three steps in application process;
A- Sending general information and essays online
B- Uploading JPEG image(s) and PDF(s) of your CV based on the instruction on the application page
C- Mailing application materials.

Application Deadline is April 20, 2011. Both online and postal applications should be
submitted by this date. For postal application, the material postmark dated April 20 is NOT valid.

In case you have some question, contact ARCUS here.

The official webpage.

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