Artist in Residence Yamanashi [AIRY]

Name of Residency: AIRY

Artist in Residence Yamanashi (AIRY) is a program that invites artists from Japan and abroad to live in the mountainous area including Mt.Fuji of Yamanashi, making new work and new connections.

The residency program is focused on networking and community involvement rather than business, and aims to cultivate an environment for sharing ideas and different cultures.

Whilst at AIRY, artists are provided with private accommodation, a space within the main gallery for use as a studio, and an exhibition at the final stage of their visit. They are also given support to run a workshop, talk event and network within the local community.

As well as running the residency program, AIRY is involved with other projects locally, nationally, and abroad, such as connections with local galleries, cafes, restaurants, farms and art spaces in neighbouring Asian countries.

The curatorial team of the gallery welcomes an interesting array of exhibitions from both local and International artists and offers artist talks and workshops.

AIRY is located in Kofu city, Yamanashi, and is 100 kilometers west of Shinjuku Tokyo, reachable by JR train (1.5 hours) or bus (2 hours).

Residency Programme since: 2005
Description of Organisation:

*Non-profit artist run organization

*AIRY welcome the artists from the world and have a performance 14 years history, having 150 artists from 37 countries at the point of July 2019.

*Kofu is a compact city, AIRY locates central of the city and close to JR Kofu station.

*Artist can live in conveniently among the rich natural environment.

*The duration is 1 month, 2 months or 3 months.

*Able to participate in residency starting from 1st on the month to the end.

*Our treasure is the wisdom of everyone of citizens, while effective use of what is in the city we aim to realize a sustainable community

*Artist lives in a private quiet apartment room with own kitchen, toilet & bath personally.

*One part of the electric appliance is shared.

*Artist works in a shared studio or private accommodation depends on working style at AIRY.

*Artist has an ability having a workspace/exhibition in the city by the collaboration between  Kofu city Central area Renovation Program.

*AIRY is non-profit artistic organization the cost paid by artists.

The residency cost is 80,000 jpy / 1 month. That includs housing, studio, workshop, exhibiting and basic translation to English.

*We write an official invitation letter to the artist who request the budget to the funding body.

*AIRY encourage carrying a collaboration by project or workshop with local communities or having an exhibition in the city.

*Make opportunities to interact with local people and community.

*Please request an application form by e-mail.

*The result would be announced to the artist personally through the selection regularly held committee AIRY.

Organisation founded in: 2005
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Artist-Run
  • Independent Association/Foundation
Working Languages:
  • English
Presentation of artists’ work: Exhibition at end of residency
Duration of residency:
  • Months: 1 – 3
Number of studios: 1
Number of artists in residence at one time: 4
Studio type and size: Shared studio
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Private Apartment
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Literature
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Kitchen
  • Internet
What artistic facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Exhibition space
  • Dance/Theatre/Performance Space
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Companions Allowed:
  • Children
  • Partners
  • Does your residency uphold partnerships beneficial to resident artists? : Visiting schools on workshop. Sharing the openspace in the city.
    Application process: Open call
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Travel
    • Accommodation
    • Food
    • Supplies
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Workshops
    • Presentation
    • Films
    • Exhibition
    • Cafe/restaurant
    Selection process: By committee
    Setting: N/A
    Nearest Airport: Narita Airpot or Haneda Airport
    Nearest Train Station: JR Kofu station (8 minute walk)
    How to reach by train: Going by TRAINChange at Shinjuku StationNarita Airport&rarr(1 h)&rarrShinjuku Station&rarr(1h 30min)&rarrKofu Station Haneda Airport&rarr(45 min)&rarrShinjuku Station&rarr(1h 30min)&rarr Kofu Station Going by BUSNarita Airport&rarr(3h 50min)&rarrKofu Station Haneda Airport&rarr(3h)&rarrKofu Station
    Street & Number: 2-37-2 Marunouchi
    Postal Code: 400-0031
    City: Kofu, Yamanashi
    Country long: Japan
    2-37-2 Marunouchi
    Kofu, Yamanashi 400-0031 JPN
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