Akiyoshidai International Art Village

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There are two AIR programs; “Residence Support Program” and “Residence Fellowship Program”.

As for “Support Program”, we usually call for applications during the summer and the program runs from January to March.

The period of “Fellowship Program” changes every year. Please feel free to contact us for further information on how to apply.

Residency Programme since: 1998
Description of Organisation: Akiyoshidai International Art Village, designed by the architect, Arata Isozaki, was founded in 1998 with the aim of providing a platform for artists in residence as well as for a variety of art forms and cultural activities. AIAV’s main hall has a capacity of approximately 300 and its residence hall can house 100, and the village also features a restaurant, seminar room, studios, gallery, and cafe.
AIAV is located far away from the noise of everyday city life and is surrounded by natural resources. Isozaki himself referred to it as an “archipelago”, (an expanse of water with many scattered islands), and it consists of many different facilities. The term “village” suggests that AIAV is not a one monolithic structure but rather a collective of small neighboring buildings reminiscent of a traditional Japanese village.
Organisation founded in: 1998
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Part of a Governmental Institution
Working Languages:
  • English
  • Japanese
Presentation of artists’ work: Exhibition at end of residency
Duration of residency:
  • Months: 1 – 3
Number of studios: between 5 and 10
Number of artists in residence at one time: N/A
Studio type and size: Private studio
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Printmaking
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
  • New Media
  • Animations
  • Film-making
  • Architecture
  • Education Programmes
  • Photography
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Private accommodation
  • Private studio / workplace
  • Kitchen
  • Internet
  • Bicycle
  • Computer
What artistic facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Exhibition space
  • Dance/Theatre/Performance Space
  • Musical-instruments
  • Woodworking tools
  • Technical assistance
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: Yes
Companions Allowed:
  • N/A
  • Does your residency uphold partnerships beneficial to resident artists? : workshop/artist talk at local educational institutions or schools
    Application process: Open call
    Do you charge an application fee for your residency?: No
    Do you charge a residency fee for your residency?: No
    Do you provide the residents with any funds associated with the residency? (e.g. stipend, fellowship, production allowance): Yes
    If yes, what is the amount of the fund? (in your local currency): for Support Program only
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • Exhibition
    • Public talk
    • Workshop
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Workshops
    • Presentation
    • Exhibition
    • Open Studios
    Selection process: By committee
    Setting: Rural
    Nearest Airport: Yamaguchi Ube Airport
    Nearest Train Station: Shin Yamaguchi Station
    How to reach by plane: 50 mins by car from Yamaguchi Ube Airport.
    How to reach by train: 20 mins by car from JR Mine station (Mine Line), 40 mins by car from Shin-Yamaguchi station (Shinkansen)
    Street & Number: 50 Akiyoshi, Shuho-cho, Mine-city,
    Postal Code: 754-0511
    City: Yamaguchi
    Country long: Japan
    50 Akiyoshi, Shuho-cho, Mine-city,
    Yamaguchi 754-0511 Japan
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