Call for Applications for the Artist-in-Residence Program in Japan

Deadline: 19 April 2019 (23:59:59 UTC-12)
Open to: emerging artist engaged in contemporary visual arts or other related fields
Fellowship: Studio, Accommodation, Equipments, Transportation fee, Allowance, Insurance, Support


Artist-in-Residence Program of ARCUS Project which aims to support the artistic activities of emerging artists was launched in 1994 by Ibaraki Prefectural Government as its main organizer. In its 25 years of history, ARCUS Project has invited 103 artists including pairs from 33 countries/regions, and supported their artistic projects and researches during the residence. A number of previous resident artists are now known as cutting-edge artists in the international art scene.

ARCUS Project Artist-in-Residence Program has focused on the “process” of activities. Therefore, we are looking for a project which does not regard final presentation as a goal, but tries to conduct a site-specific research/project within a certain period of time. It is also expected that the research/project is open to public for sharing the process and collaboration. Not more than one artist will be selected from one country/region.


The Applicant must:

  • be an emerging artist engaged in contemporary visual arts or other related fields.
  • be born on or after January 1, 1979.
  • have nationality of country other than Japan.
  • have legal permission to enter Japan.
  • not be enrolled in educational institution during the program period. *EXCEPTION: those who are in Ph.D. program are eligible.
  • 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 and studio staff.


Each artist is provided with the following support during the program 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. Telephone (domestic calls only) is available for share at the Studio Office. * Artist is required to bring/prepare specific tools, equipment, computer and software necessary for his/her artistic activities. Although minimum tools (e.g. drill, screwdriver, hammer and saw etc.) are available, studios are not equipped with professional facilities such as workshop, studio for shooting or editing room. ARCUS Studio also cannot provide SLR photograph camera, video camera, tripod and monitor/projector.

B. Accommodation

  • Each artist is provided with a furnished studio-type apartment that includes minimum electric appliances near the studio. The artist’s partner is allowed to accompany him/her, however the artist is solely responsible for his/her expenses as well as safety.


  • Bicycle is provided for each artist.

D.Transportation fee

  • Artist from overseas: Round-trip (economy class) airfare from the international airport nearest his/her home to Narita International Airport is provided. Artist based in Japan: Round-trip public transportation fee from the nearest station/airport is provided.

E. Allowance

  • Artist is provided with 180,000 yen for living and other basic expenses and 450,000 yen for expense related to any kind of his/her artistic activities. In total 630,000 yen is provided for the 100 days program period.

The allowance:

--- is confirmed at the time of invitation.

--- includes tax and calculated on per diem basis.

--- is directly handed to the artist.

--- is paid in 3 installments on the designated date.

*NOTE: If the artist leaves Japan for the reason that is not related to his/her research at ARCUS Project during the program, the amount of allowance will be reduced according to his/ her exact period of stay. (Example: If the artist leaves Japan for 10 days, the amount of allowance will be 567,000 yen)

F. Insurance

  • Artist from overseas is 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. The artists are advised to take out travel insurance to cover accidents during his/her journey to and from Japan.


  • Studio member consists of director and coordinators. They 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.


Application Deadline is April 19, 2019 (23:59:59 UTC-12). * Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted. ** For the Applicants who are not able to upload the application materials at Step-2, postal application materials should be reached ARCUS Studio by April 19, 2019 (JST). *** Postal application with postmark dated April 19, 2019 will not be accepted.

In order to apply, register HERE.

Check the Application Guideline (PDF)

The official web-page.