Artist in Residence Program in Fukuoka, Japan

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Studio Kura’s Artist in Residence Program is a chance for domestic and international artists to experience and draw inspiration from Japan’s rural environment, as well as for Studio Kura’s thriving local community to meet different artists and their works.

Staying period are usually four, eight or twelve weeks long, and the participating artists are required to present an exhibition in the end of their stay at Studio Kura. Artists interested in having a workshop to children and the Studio Kura’s community, we are welcome to help and organize.

Our artist in residency program is open anytime. Please apply through our application form.


Studio and accommodation

Studio Kura provides artists with residential facilities and free rental bicycle during their staying period. Accommodation consists on two traditional Japanese rural houses, each house can be shared by up to four artists.
Each artist is provided a private single room. Common room, bathroom, toilet and kitchen facilities are shared with other residence artists and there is internet WiFi connection in each house. One divided studio space is offered for an artist as a working space as well as an exhibition space. Enough restaurants and stores for daily needs at bicycle distance. A 25 minutes walk to the nearest train station, Ikisan.

Artists are welcome to visit our office to work and ask any needs, located in 3-10 minutes distance from the both residence houses. They will be able to meet a number of people during the period.

Commonly scheduled activities

Around the first week of the month, we will take the artists on a tour around Itoshima. Then, the following week we will arrange a workshop for them to experience some kind of Japanese craft (i.e. washi, bonsai or tea ceremony).

On the last weekend before their leave, artists will have their exhibitions. An opening party and artist talk is normally scheduled at 15:30 on Saturday.

Fees and expenses

The artist will pay 80,000 JPY for each period of 4 weeks of stay. This means for an eight-week slot you will need to pay 160,000 JPY and an twelve-week slot will be 240,000 JPY. The four-week staying fee we take is actually 74,074 JPY, but we need to collect value-added tax which is currently 8% in Japan, adding to 80,000 JPY.

We need the artist to make a deposit of 10,000 JPY for each 4 week slot once he or she is accepted and a slot is chosen. The rest of the payment for their stay can be paid in cash upon arrival. For example, if you are going to stay for four weeks with us you will need to pay 10,000 JPY as soon as we decide on the date for your residence through PayPal, and 70,000 JPY once you arrive to Studio Kura. You will pay 80,000 JPY in total.
*Please note that any daily expenses including food and transport, and art supply are not covered in our residence fee.

We do not have our own funding program, so artists are encouraged to apply for funding in their own countries. We are pleased to help providing an invitation letter and any information to accepted artists.

Residence slots for 2017

We are offering a number of twelve, eight and four-week slots for the year 2017. The duration and starting date of these slots are open to change, so feel free to ask about residences any other duration.

The installations

Studio Kura Gallery (Kura #1)
Kura #1 — gallery
What kind of exhibition, installation or performance would you do here?

Kids’ art studio (Kura #2)
Kura #2 — studio
You will find children taking art classes here on weekends.

Painting class
Painting class
Meet local aspiring artists!

Studio Kura Gallery2 (old japanese house)


Residence House #1
Residence house
Two-story building with kitchen, bathroom, toilet with internet access and washing machine.

Studio / gallery at Residence House #1

The garage at the residence house is reformed and used as a studio or gallery.

Residence House #2
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Two-story building with kitchen, bathroom, toilet with internet access and washing machine.

Studios at Residence House #2

3 ateliers available at Residence House #2

Residence House #3
Two-story building with kitchen, bathroom, toilet with internet access and washing machine.

Inari Shrine

A very local Shinto shrine that doesn’t get as much use as in should. Please use it to rehearse performances, or tell us any idea you come up with.

Art workshops with children
Art workshops with children
Experience creating with Japanese children!