Kyoto Art Center

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Name of Residency: Kyoto Art Center Artist-in-Residence Program 2020

Kyoto Art Center stands on the site of the former Meirin Elementary School, which was rebuilt in 1931. Design of Kyoto Art Center took into consideration the cultural value of the history of the school, the building facade, Japanese-style hall, auditorium, Japanese-style room, and other features. Renovations focused on creating an environment that would help stimulate unrestricted artistic activity, with emphasis on the maximum use of existing facilities.

Kyoto Art Center’s Artist-in-Residence Program offers support to emerging artists and art researchers who wish to pursue creative activities in Kyoto. We switch between hosting visual artist and performing artist every year.

Residency Programme since: 2000
Description of Organisation:

Kyoto Art Center was conceived and established as a place for encountering various genres of art, as well as for the creation of the new culture through the revitalization of tradition developed in the city over its long history. This encounter will also connect to technology and industry, and furthermore to the everyday life of citizens, to bring a real fertility to the city.

The activities of the Center will be divided into these three categories: (1) aid and support for young artists in whatever genre (2) collecting and dispatching of information concerning art and culture by means of various kinds of media (3) affording the chance for communication among the artists or between artists and citizens, especially by welcoming artists coming from in and out of the country as artists-in-residence.

By fulfilling these activities, the Center is aiming to be the laboratory of creation for urban culture in the new century.

Organisation founded in: 2000
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Government body
Working Languages:
  • English
  • Japanese
Presentation of artists’ work: Exhibition at end of residency
Duration of residency:
  • Months: 1 – 3
Number of studios: between 11 and 16
Number of artists in residence at one time: 1
Studio type and size: Private studio
Accommodation type:
Private Apartment
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Music
  • Literature
  • New Media
  • Film-making
  • Architecture
  • Curatorial
  • Education Programmes
  • Photography
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Private accommodation
  • Private studio / workplace
  • Bicycle
  • Library
What artistic facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Exhibition space
  • Dance/Theatre/Performance Space
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: Yes
If your residency does not include accommodation, do you assist artists in finding accommodation?: No
Companions Allowed:
  • Other
  • Application process: Digital application
    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): Production allowance
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Food
    Expenses paid by the organisation:
    • Travel
    • Accommodation
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • Other
    If other, please specify: Artists will be asked to organize a public program for Kyoto citizens during the residency.
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Workshops
    • Presentation
    • Exhibition
    • Cafe/restaurant
    Selection process: By committee
    Setting: Urban
    Nearest Airport: Kansai International Airport
    Nearest Train Station: SHIJO subway station / KARASUMA Hankyu railway
    How to reach by plane: express train or limousine bus from the airport to Kyoto
    Street & Number: Muromachi Takoyakushi
    Postal Code: 604-8156
    City: Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto
    Country long: Japan
    Muromachi Takoyakushi
    Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-8156 JPN
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