Monthly Archives: April 2014

Artist Currently in Residence France Dubois Interviewed by Newspaper

France Dubois 朝日新聞(福岡)2014年4月24日

Hi! This is Ale.

Yesterday, a writer from Asahi Shimbun came all the way to Studio Kura to interview Belgian photographer currently in residence France Dubois. His article was printed in this morning’s edition of the newspaper (that’s fast!), and we were very happy that he wrote about France, her upcoming exhibition, and Studio Kura.

Please come to her opening party on May 3rd!

Announcing: France Dubois’s exhibition “No Concept”

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We are happy to announce a new exhibition from one of the artists in the Studio Kura residence program.

Belgian photographer France Dubois will show the results of her stay at Studio Kura. France is based in Brussels but travels all over the world taking pictures. She has worked in Japan before, having been invited last year to the Akiyoshidai Art Village.

At this exhibition, she will show many pictures taken during her stay at Itoshima. You can look forward to delicate and fresh pictures, not limited to a specific motif but portraying casual everyday scenes.

Below are some words from France herself.


No concept and formality.
Full freedom of thought and imagination to reveal the unexpected.
Poetry and intuition shape this photography work.

We would love to see you at the opening party.

France Dubois exhibition “No Concept”
Date: May 3rd to 6th; open from 11:00 to 19:00 (free entrance)
The opening party will be on May 3rd (Saturday), from 17:00.

Organized by: Studio Kura

Announcing a Talk About Art and Mexican Curry Workshop by Ryuichi Yahagi

This is Ale translating Hiro’s blog

Ryuichi Yahagi, one of the best masters I’ve had in my life, will be at Studio Kura on April 19 to talk about Mexican art and teach a Mexican curry workshop.

He’s a really interesting person. He runs a Japanese restaurant at Xalapa, México, and an artist in residence program at the second floor. He teaches art at a university, too. He was deeply involved in an exhibition of Olmec heads that toured many Japanese museums when I was 24 or 25 years old. Around that time, he introduced me to another of the great masters I’ve had, Mr. Kubota (who later did an awesome performance at the Itoshima Arts Farm). After that, I stayed at Ryuichi’s residence in México. Studio Kura is the result of my intense experiences there.

Please come to hear Ryuichi’s talk.

Talk about art and Mexican curry workshop by Ryuichi Yahagi
Date: April 19 (Saturday) starting at 17:00
Fee: ¥ 1,000
Capacity: 12 people

New Residence Slots Open for August

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Justin Lee cooking delicious Singaporean sa po fan

Hi! This is Ale. I have some good news for you today.

We have been keeping all residence slots closed in August every year, especially in mid August because of Bon Festival, but we are ready now to open two four-week slots in August every year. Feel free to ask about combining them with adjacent slots into longer stays, too.

Below is a list of the new slots we just opened. You can always look all residence slots up on our front page.

  • August 1 to 28 (four weeks, two open slots)
  • August 4 to 31 (four weeks, two open slots)

We are looking forward to applications for these slots!

An Interview with Justin Lee

This is your third time to Studio Kura, right? Why did you choose to come to Japan again?

This is my third time coming to Itoshima, and I still feel like I have a lot to explore in Itoshima. The first time I visited, everything was new to me. It was my first residence ever, and the environment and people were all new to me. The second time, it was the Itoshima Arts Farm and I did a performance and art installation. Of course I took some time to explore more in the near area, and the city.


From the first time around, I knew Hiro does a lot of workshops with children. I work with Children a lot too, and therefore I wanted to come back again and try to do an interactive installation for children. In Singapore, I have a upcoming project and it is to create an “ideal home” installation at the National Museum of Singapore. I am here to find some new ideas and inspiration, and hope to develop it with my current work.
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Announcing: Justin Lee’s Exhibition “Dragon landed in Itoshima”

Justin Lee, current residence artist, will have a exhibition called “Dragon landed in Itoshima” at Studio Kura(Itoshima City)

He is based in Singapore and is one of the leading artist in Asia.
In Singapore, he does not only a large scale of installation but also focus on workshop working with children and exhibit the project which completes with children and him.

This time, he will exhibit the installation during his stay at STUDIO KURA in ITOSHIMA.

This project will be completed with children who come to see his work the day.
Once children step in his gallery, they can draw over his painting with chalk and paints as they like.
A children’s unknown ability will complete the project.
We are looking forward to seeing the project at the exhibition.

Please feel free to come and see.

Justin Lee’s exhibition「Dragon landed in Itoshima」
DATE:April 5th-7th 10:30-18:00 Free entry
Opening party starts on 5th April 12:00~

Planning:Studio Kura
Place: Masue 586 Nijo Itoshima City, Fukuoka, Japan
How to get here: 15mits walk from IKISAN station(Train:JR CHIKUHI-line). There is a transportation service.
Contact: Studio Kura Hirofumi Matsuzaki (tel:092-325-1773)