Akiyoshidai International Art Village has supported cultural and philosophical exchange among international artists through the artists in residence program since its inauguration in 1998. The aim of the Residence Support Program is to support young artists’ experimental artistic activities, crossing the borders of art disciplines and nationalities. The artists will be carefully selected by the Selection Committee of the Residence Program of Akiyoshidai International Art Village. They encourage selected artists will actively communicate with local people in Yamaguchi, participate in different projets, including workshops, lectures, school visits and exhibitions.
Its Artist in residence program invites artists for a time away from their usual environment and obligations to work on their own creative activities. Through open calls, Akiyoshidai International Art Village (AIAV) currently offers:
- fully funded long-term program called “Residence Support Program”,
- and partly funded short-term program called “Fellowship Program” with which artists are encouraged to apply for outside funding resources.
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 café.
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.
The artist is requested:
- to participate in all pubic programs, e.g. open studio, presentations and talks and to create new work.
- to participate in the exchange programs for local community, e.g. talks, lectures and outreach programs.
- to provide images and documentations, e.g. pictures and videos, for publicity and archiving in accordance with AIAV’s request.
- to take part in educational programs at local schools and universities in English or Japanese.
- to present the results of the residence program, e.g. exhibitions, reviews or talks outside Japan within a year after the program.
Private room with private bathroom and mini-kitchen. There is a common kitchen at the residence hall, where artists can cook for themselves. Artists are not allowed to be accompanied by anyone for the program. When artists’ family or friends visit AIAV, they can stay with charge of accommodation fee for approximately 3,000 yen per night (prices differ according to room types).
There are various types of studios (shared or private): the allocation of studio is decided by AIAV, artists may have to share with others.
Main Building: Concert hall, amphitheatre, outdoor stage, 3 seminar rooms, 7 studios, gallery.
Residence Hall: 36 bedrooms, darkroom, salon, communal kitchen, restaurant.
Equipment: Stage equipment, sound equipment, musical instruments, darkroom equipment, easels. Check all the facilities here.
The Art Village is located in the famous Yamaguchi limestone landscape.
From January to March, every year.
- Travel expenses: round trip from your address to AIAV (international flight tickets should be return: single tickets cannot be accepted)
- Accommodation at AIAV
- Studio at AIAV
- Production expenses = 200,000 yen (individual/group)
- Per diem = 2,800yen × day
Board, food, etc. Income tax (20%) will be imposed on those from countries, which do not have a tax convention with Japan.
Artists will have to install and deinstall their work by themselves and will have to pack their work and pay shipping costs if necessary.
- 3 artists (2 of non-Japanese, 1 of Japanese) , under 40 years old.
- Artists who work on this year theme: The features of this land
- Groups of 2 artists may apply, but no larger.
Eligibility: Artists who must be able to fulfill the requirements listed in “outcome” above, as well as to stay at AIAV during the designated period of time, and to work and live independently.
Please download the application form from the AIAV website. Send your entry via email only.
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