History of TOKAS

History of TOKAS

August 1st
Tokyo Wonder Site Committee was established 
December 25thTWS (Hongo) opened
April 1st
Came under joint management by Tokyo Metropolitan Government and Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture
May 29th
TWS Shibuya Art Cafe opened
July 22nd
TWS Shibuya opened
April 1stStarted operating as an independent project by Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture
June 3rd
Short-term residence (a pilot program) started
November 7thTWS Aoyama: Creator-in-Residence opened
April 1stWith the organizational restructuring, TWS became part of the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (MOT)
May 19th
The TWS office in Aoyama was moved to MOT
The Residence was moved to Sumida-ku, and renamed TWS Residence
September 28th
TWS Residence opened after a trial period
April 1st
With the organizational restructuring, TWS became the Arts Program and Residency Division of MOT, and its management department was absorbed into MOT
September 17th
TWS Shibuya was closed and renovations begun for it to re-open as an inclusion in the new facility to be run by MOT
October 1stTWS was renamed Tokyo Arts and Space

"Tokyo Contemporary Art Award" founded by TOKAS and Tokyo Metropolitan Government

Facility overview

Tokyo Arts and Space Hongo
2-4-16 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku
Total floor area
ConstructionAn office building, reinforced concrete structure, three-story with a flat roof
EstablishmentDecember 25th, 2001
Facility detailsThree exhibition rooms, a lounge and other rooms

Tokyo Arts and Space Residency
2-14-7 Tatekawa, Sumida-ku (1st and 4th to 6th floors, Arts Kikukawa)
Total floor area
758.56㎡ (the part of the building leased by Tokyo Arts and Space)
Reinforced concrete structure, seven stories above ground
September 28th, 2014
Facility details
12 guest rooms, two studios, a library, a lounge and other rooms

Tokyo Arts and Space Office
Location4-1-1 Miyoshi, Koto-ku Located in MOT

Programs in the past

Tokyo Wonder Wall
Open call group exhibitions for artists up to age 35. It consisted of two divisions: one was for two-dimensional artworks and another was for three-dimensional artworks, video art and installations. The selected works were exhibited at MOT and TWS, and winners of the Tokyo Wonder Wall Prize were displayed at the Tokyo City Hall. 

A program conducted under the concept of the selling of works supports artists, where works by young artists were selected on an open call basis and displayed in exhibits that offered art lovers a chance to see the works and support the artists by purchasing them. The works were sold at the exhibitions and online.

TEAM (Tokyo Wonder Site: Emerging Artist on Mezzanine)
An Exhibition of talented young artists and artists who have participated in the TWS programs and various other activities and gained experience in their fields.

On Site Lab Workshop
A workshop program with emphasis on the process of creation, where creators active on the front line tutored young creators and designed a project together. They organized symposiums, showed the results of their work and gave presentations.

Agenda of the Arts
This program offered opportunities through exhibitions and symposiums for the participants to have dialogues about the roles of art, cultural organizations and art centers in addressing problems that society faced. It aimed to identify the potential and challenges of contemporary art from a global perspective.

On Site Lab
An experimental program conducted under the theme of learning and interaction, which took place at the actual sites. The participants were involved in various activities such as attending learning courses, working on creational projects, participating in Artists-in-Residence programs and workshops, and listening to talks by artists.

Emerging Artist Support Program
An open call program for exhibition projects. Projects selected by the Curation Division were implemented with the aim of offering support and training for young planners, and the Self-Produce Division with the aim of supporting artists and design projects whose works were included in the exhibitions.

Tokyo Experimental Festival
As a platform for cross-genre, crossover and experimental initiatives, not limited to the existing genres, it presented a number of projects for performances and exhibitions from Japan and abroad in categories devoted to music and sound.

Emerging Artist Support Program MUSIC
With an aim to find and train talented young musicians, we implemented support programs such as the “Master Class” program where the participants received guidance directly from accomplished musicians active on the front line, the “International Ensemble Modern Academy” program for them to learn contemporary music comprehensively.