About Residency Programs

About Residency Programs

These programs offer creators a period of residence at TOKAS Residency or at affiliated overseas residency programs to engage in the creation of works or research. During their residencies, programs open to the public such as the OPEN STUDIO provide opportunities for the creators to present their works. The contents of support provided during the residency periods differ depending on the program.

Exchange Residency Program

A two-way exchange program is conducted in affiliation with overseas art spaces, and residency organizations, with each sending Japanese creators abroad and receiving overseas creators.

Contents of supportJapan-based creators sent abroad: Airfare, living expenses, fee for creative work/project
International creators from abroad: Living space (single room), shared studio space
Residency periodsJapan-based creators sent abroad: Differs by affiliated residency destination
International creators from abroad: 1-to 3-month periods in May to July, Sept. to Nov., Jan. to Mar.
Partner Institutions
(2021-2022)
Atelier Mondial (Basel, Switzerland)
Treasure Hill Artist Village (Taipei, Taiwan)
HIAP [Helsinki International Artist Programme] (Helsinki, Finland)
Centre Clark (Quebec [Montreal], Canada)
Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop (Edinburgh, Scotland)
WIELS (Brussels, Belgium)

International Creator Residency Program

Offered in this program are opportunities for accomplished creators from abroad to engage in new creative activities. For a residency period of about three months, we provide support for creation of works or conducting research.

Contents of supportAirfare, living expenses, fee for creative work/project, living space (single room), shared studio space
Residency periods About 3-month periods in May to July, Sept. to Nov., Jan. to Mar.

Research Residency Program

This is a program for creators from Japan and abroad in a variety of genres, from artists, curators and administrators to architects, designers, composers and writers, to conduct research in the arts and culture or research for their own new creative activities.

Contents of supportLiving space (single room)
Residency periods6 weeks to 3-month periods in Sept. to Nov., Jan. to Mar.

Local Creator Residency Program

Offered in this program are opportunities for local creators in Japan to dedicate themselves to the new creation and artistic activities through thematic dialogues and discussions with international creators.

Contents of supportLiving expenses, fee for creative work/project, living space (single room), shared studio space
Residency periodAbout 3-month period in May to July

OPEN STUDIO

The TOKAS Residency studio space is used for exhibiting works created and research conducted in residence and for the artists themselves to give presentations on their activities and works. Also, TOKAS activities are promoted widely to the public through programs like facility tours and introduction to affiliated overseas organizations for our Exchange Residency Program. Furthermore, we invite guest speakers to give talks and organize events to provide opportunities for sharing information and dialogue about various issues in the art world.

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