Youkoubo Art Space manages an Artist-In-Residence Program (AIR) which provides accommodation and studio space to domestic and foreign artists for a given period of time, and a non-profit gallery for the presentation of new work in exhibitions, while also promoting community activities through art and culture.
As a ‘studio (‘kobo’) for ‘you’ (‘you’ in Youkobo meaning ‘play’ in Japanese), Youkobo aims to create a space which gives many people the opportunity to experience and become more familiar with art and culture by supporting the autonomous activities of artists.
To date, 150 overseas artists from 20 countries have been welcomed to Youkobo, and exhibitions of over 100 Japan-based artists have been held in what has become a place for rich cultural exchange. It is our hope that ever more people will become familiar with our activities as we innovate our programs in the future.
We accept applications for the Artists-in-Residence (AIR) program and for exhibitions in the Gallery. In either case, there are two annual application deadlines: June 30 (results announced in August) and December 31 (results announced in February). Other availabilities will be announced on our web site.
For more information and for an outline of facilities please see HERE.
Youkoubo is currently accepting applications for the residency period - June 2014 to March 2015.
Application deadline: 30/06/2013
For domestic applicants, please make an appointment with our office for an interview, so that we may speak with you directly about your plans and make our decisions accordingly.
For international applicants, please make your application via e-mail. The application form may be downloaded from our website. In addition to the form, we would like to see your CV, evidence of artistic activity, and a proposal for your stay at Youkobo.
There are no preconditions for acceptance in terms of field of artistic activity, age, nationality, etc., though there are limitations to our physical facilities.
In principle, residencies will start at the beginning of the month and continue until the end of the month of the period of residency. Residences may range from a minimum of one month.
All artists accepted onto the residence program will be expected to sign a contract and pay a deposit of 40,000yen within one month of their acceptance in order to confirm their residency.
・AIR 1 = Residence 1 & Studio 1: 160,000 yen / month
・AIR 2 = Residence 2 & Studio 2: 200,000 yen / month
In addition to these rental fees, the artist is expected to pay the actual cost of the utilities consumed, AIR 1 = 27,000 yen/month, AIR 2 = 42,000yen/month.
Please inquire about group application and family residency.
Fuel cost for using a stove at Studio 1 must be paid additionally.
How to Apply
Please email completed application forms and supporting materials to this address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note the AIR Application Form has four pages; application form, proposal, CV, and a work title and checklist.
Please make sure you have filled out all of them before returning it to Youkobo.
The Gallery is intended primarily for exhibitions of contemporary art. The exhibition period is calculated in one-week units. The Gallery is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays; the opening hours on other days are from 12:00 to 7:00 PM, except on the last day of the exhibition when the Gallery will close at 5:00 PM.
For domestic applicants, please make an appointment with our office for an interview, so that we may speak with you directly about your plans and make our decisions accordingly. International applications are only accepted as part of an application to the AIR Program. (As for 2012, Gallery is not available for international applicants to AIR.) Please make applications via e-mail. The application form may be downloaded from our website, and should be sent with your CV, evidence of artistic activity, and a proposal for your exhibition.
Exhibitions may be mounted for a minimum of one week, and a maximum of four.
Two separate fees are charged: one for Gallery use and one for operating expenses.
Use of Gallery : 25,000 yen / week
・The artist is expected to attend the gallery during the exhibition period, especially on the opening day and weekends.
・Operating expenses (printing and sending invitation cards, producing catalogues, holding opening reception etc.) must be paid by the artist or ask the office for arrangement with additional charge. Also inquire if you wish to use equipments owned by Youkobo. A 20 percent commission will be charged for artist’s work sold during the exhibition.