ARCUS Project - Ibaraki artist-in-residence program

Artist-in-residence program of ARCUS Project which aims to support the artistic activities of emerging artists was launched in 1995 by Ibaraki Prefectural Government as its main organizer.

In its 16 years history, ARCUS has invited 77 artists from 25 countries / regions, and supported their artistic projects and researches during the residence. A number of previous residency artists are now known as cutting- edge artists in international art scene.

Since the year 2010, ARCUS artist-in-residence program has focused more 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 the local community for sharing the process and collaboration. In addition to those tendency (intention), ARCUS also expect for a landscape art project which regards “Moriya Manabi no Sato” building, where our studio is located, and its circumstance as the theme or materials (See images and ground plans).

The proposed projects are supposed to be temporary works with which the applied area can be returned to its original state. Since our program is aimed at promoting international exchanges, applicants should possess national of a country other than Japan. Not more than one artist will be selected from one country / region.


The Applicant should:

- be an emerging artist engaged in contemporary visual arts or other related fields
**We only accept individual application. Group application is not permitted.
If the applicant works as a group, please write names of the group and the member(s) in "Essay 1" box of online form.
- have nationality of country other than Japan
- have legal permission to enter Japan
- 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, coordinators and curator.
- not be enrolled in educational institution (undergraduate, graduate school etc.) during the residency period


End-August through November, 2012

The ARCUS project covers amongst others the travel costs (read all the details online).

Deadline for application: 30 April.