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Welcome to Residence House 3

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Hi! This is Ale.

You may or may not noticed that we have had more residence slots for a couple weeks. This is not because we partitioned all the rooms (we didn’t). It’s because we got an entire new house!

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Once again, it’s a tradicional Japanese house. You’ll be living in a house similar to the ones your neighbors live in. And we’ve been hard at work getting everything ready for people to feel comfortable in this place.

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Residence House 3 is near JR Ikisan station. It will only take you 3 minutes by foot, so please ask about vacancies in this particular house if you aren’t good with bicycles.

We are very happy to be able to accommodate more artists at once!

Feel Free to Use Our Stone Oven!

Hi! This Ale.
For years, we’ve had a stone oven in an open air location. We recently built a structure around it so it’s more comfortable to use.

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The oven is hand made, the structure is hand made, and the pizza should be hand-made too!

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We would love this place to become a community spot for artists and their Japanese neighbors to get together. Feel free to throw your own pizza party and share with your fellow artists and neighbors! Or whatever you can think of cooking in an oven. Maybe something special from your country?

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 Mia Mala McDonald’s Exhibition “from little things big things grow”


We are happy to announce from little things big things grow, an exhibition by Mia Mala McDonald, in which she will show work she did during her residence at Studio Kura.

Mia Mala McDonald is an Australian freelance photographer/video artist based in Melbourne. Her work investigates our psychological connection to places and, in particular, how our sense of position exists in time and nostalgic memory. Mia’s photographs have appeared in the pages of Frankie, Vice, Dazed and Confused and New York Times Magazine. Mia received her MFA at RMIT University 2014 and is a senior lecturer at Photography Studies College.

Mia Mala McDonald from little things big things grow
Date: July 25 (Saturday) to July 26 (Sunday), 11:00 to 19:00, free entrance
* We will hold an opening party on Saturday the 25th, starting at 15:00.

Announcing Philippe Caron Lefebvre’s Exhibition “Shibuya, dreams and scapeshifts”


We are happy to announce Shibuya, dreams and scapeshifts, an exhibition by Philippe Caron Lefebvre, in which he will show work he did during his residence at Studio Kura.

Philippe Caron Lefebvre is a Canadian artist based in Montréal. His art has been shown in Canada and Mexico.

Philippe Caron Lefebvre Shibuya, dreams and scapeshifts
Date: July 25 (Saturday) to July 26 (Sunday), 11:00 to 19:00, free entrance
* We will hold an opening party on Saturday the 25th, starting at 15:00.

Announcing Liliane Zumkemi’s Exhibition “地衣類と”


We are happy to announce 地衣類と, an exhibition by Liliane Zumkemi, in which she will show work she did during her residence at Studio Kura.

Liliane Zumkemi was born in the Swiss Alps. From 2000 until 2009 she lived and worked in South East Asia. In 2007 she exhibited her Bangkok Smell Project in Yokohama, Japan. Her exhibitions are documented in the Asia Art Archive in Hongkong and at the Swiss Institute for Art Research in Zürich. Currently she lives and works in Basel (Switzerland) and Hégenheim (France).

Liliane Zumkemi 地衣類と
Date: July 25 (Saturday) to July 26 (Sunday), 11:00 to 19:00, free entrance
* We will hold an opening party on Saturday the 25th, starting at 15:00.

On Getting Train Tickets

When one firsts comes to Studio Kura from Fukuoka Airport or from JR Hakata Station, the recommended means is by train. Riding the subway is not too hard, and the train will take you to Ikisan Station, a 20 minute walk to Studio Kura. Most of this is explained on our guide from the Airport and our guide from Hakata, but here we will focus on the art of using the trains.

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