Monthly Archives: February 2016

News About the Program

Hi! This is Ale reporting some changes to our company and to the fees.

As you might know, we have had a new member in our staff for some months. Katsura has been great at coordinating the program, maintaining our blog, and keeping in touch with you all.

Thanks to her, our transition to 6 residence slots per month has been smooth, and we have an even more international environment here at the studio. We are looking forward to the program getting better every year, as it happened this year with the air conditioning for all rooms, a number of reforms at the houses, etc.

In other news, Studio Kura is a company bigger than the residence program, and it has been some years since we have been obligated to pay the value-added tax for all of our income. We have not been collecting it so we were paying that 8% ourselves, and we were happy to work this way while we were able to work it out. However, we knew we would need to start passing this tax to our artists some day.

Just as our spaces have become more comfortable lately, our running costs per slot have gone up so we needed our fee to reflect that. That makes this the right time to start collecting the value-added tax from our resident artists.

The new fee will start to be applied for 2017 slots, and will be 74,074 JPY per four weeks, plus value-added tax which is currently 8% turning the fee into 80,000 JPY (tax included). The deposit will still be 10,000 JPY.

Fees going up seldom look good, but we are happy to be able to offer more comfort and a better service for little much, and we will keep striving to do our best on this budget.

Announcing Jeongsoo Lim’s Stone Tower Workshop on Feb 27 (Sat)

We are happy to announce an Korean visual artist Jeongsoo Lim’s stone tower card workshop at 13:30-, on Feb 27(Sat).

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Jeongsoo Lim is specialized in installation with the deconstruction and recombination of images based in Seoul, South Korea.
Her workshops will be held at 13:30, just before starting the opening party for her exhibition on Feb 27(Sat).

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Announcing Jeongsoo Lim’s Exhibition “Bomb,Boom,Vuum.”

We are happy to announce Bomb,Boom,Vuum., an exhibition by Jeongsoo Lim, as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Jeongsoo Lim is specialized in installation with the deconstruction and recombination of images based in Seoul, South Korea.
She completed her Bachelor of Arts in visual arts at Korea National University of Arts, Seoul, and currently taking her Master of Fine Arts at the university. Her works have been presented at her solo exhibitions as well as group exhibitions in Seoul. The artist also has some experiences in creative collaboration projects as a design/ art director.
Keywords of her works are repeat & variation / rule & improvisation / each & overlap.
Lim is interested in ‘Irregularities’ in continuously changing conditions, focusing on the fragmented manner of life.
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Announcing Calum Sutherland’s Exhibition “Plastic Beach”

We are happy to announce Plastic Beach, an exhibition by Calum Sutherland, as a result of his activity during his stay at Studio Kura.

Calum Sutherland
is specialised in painting and drawing based in Edinburgh, Scotland, and has been living in Tokyo since September 2015.
He completed his Bachelor of Arts in Painting and Printmaking at Glasgow School of Art, then had a drawing year at Royal Drawing School in London. His work has been shown in London, Edinburgh, Glasgow, and recently in Japan. He got selected to show his painting at RSA New Contemporaries in 2014, RSA, Edinburgh.
He is interested in places where objects have been arranged by human-beings like a bedroom, a garden, a beach, a bar. Focusing on spaces that contain in their arrangement layers of personal, social and collective histories, he believes these construct a view of the world and a way of understanding it, being in this sense political, although not overtly.
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Announcing Konstantin Grebnev’s Exhibition “Air”

We are happy to announce Air, an exhibition by Konstantin Grebnev, as a result of his activity during his stay at Studio Kura.

Konstantin Grebnev is a photographer based in Moscow, Russia.
Graduated the faculty of Design and Stage Direction of Advertising at the Moscow University for the Humanities and then finished The British Higher School of Art and Design, the faculty of photography, he regularly began to take part in various creative expedition: the central and eastern parts of China, India, Mongolia , North and South Africa, Latin America, the expedition with Russian Academy of Science in the Atlantic Ocean and others. The results of his art projects were presented at the exhibitions in Russia, France and the USA.
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Announcing Andrée-Anne Mercier’s Exhibition: Le “Kakkoii”, made in Japan

We are happy to announce Le “Kakkoii”, made in Japan, an exhibition by Andrée-Anne Mercier, as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Andrée-Anne Mercier is a multidisciplinary artist based in Montreal.
She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Visual and Mediatic Arts at Université du Québec à Montréal in 2015, her work has been shown in many places in Montreal.
Her practice explores the universe of popular culture and tends to question various aspect of society. The use of mass consumption is a way to question and criticize the subject.
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Announcing Miguel Blanco’s Exhibition “legendary creatures and other things”

We are happy to announce legendary creatures and other things, an exhibition by Miguel Blanco, as a result of his activity during his stay at Studio Kura.

Miguel Blanco is a digital artist from the Philippines. 10 years after graduating with a BS—Management in Ateneo de Manila University, Miguel finally decided to follow his passion for art. He graduated from the Digital Design and Illustration Program of 3dsense Media School in Singapore. It was there that he was selected for the 3dsense-Kura Artistic Residency Award.
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