Call for Artist-in-residence program of ARCUS Project, Ibaraki, Japan

ARCUS Project artist-in-residence program has focused more on the “process” of activities. Therefore, we are looking for a project which does not regard final presentation as a goal, but tries to conduct a site-specific research / project within a certain period of time. It is also expected that the research / project is open to the local community for sharing the process and collaboration.

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The proposed projects are supposed to be temporary works with which the applied area can be returned to its original state. Since our program is aimed at promoting international exchanges, applicants should possess national of a country other than Japan. Not more than one artist will be selected from one country / region.
Artist-in-residence program of ARCUS Project which aims to support the artistic activities of emerging artists was launched in 1994by Ibaraki Prefectural Government as its main organizer.
In its 19 years history, ARCUS has invited 85 artists from 27countries / regions, and supported their artistic projects and researches during the residence. A number of previous residency artists are now known as cutting-edge artists in international art scene.

The Applicant should:
—be an emerging artist engaged in contemporary visual arts or other related fields
**We only accept individual application. Group application is not permitted.
If the applicant works as a group, please write names of the group and the member(s) in “Essay 1” box of online form.
—have nationality of country other than Japan
—have legal permission to enter Japan
—be in a state of good health and able to carry out daily activities on his / her own
—have enough English skill to communicate with other artists and coordinators
—not be enrolled in educational institution (undergraduate, graduate school etc.) during the residency period

Program Provisions
What we offer
Each artist is provided with the following support during the residency period.

One classroom converted into studio is provided for each artist. The studio area is 67.5 sq.m. (W:9m x D:7.5m x H:3.3m) and equipped with internet circuit
(no computer) and air conditioner. Fax and telephone (domestic calls only) are available for share at the Studio Office.
**Artist is required to bring / prepare specific tools, equipment, and software necessary for his / her artistic activities. Although minimum tools (ex. drill, screwdriver, hammer, saw etc.) are available, studios are not equipped with professional facilities such as workshop, studio for shooting or editing room.
ARCUS also cannot provide SLR photograph camera, video camera and tripod.

Each artist will be provided with a furnished studio-type apartment that includes minimum electric appliances near the studio.

Transportation fee
Artist from overseas: Round- trip (discounted economy class) airfare from the airport nearest their home to Narita International Airport is provided.
Artist inside of Japan: Round- trip public transportation fee from the nearest station /airport is provided.

Artist will be provided with 150,000 yen for meals and other basic expenses and
450,000 yen for expense related to any kind of his / her artistic activities during residency period.
**The allowance:
—will be confirmed at the time of invitation
—includes tax and calculated on per diem basis
—will be directly handed to the artist on the designated date every month.

Artist with foreign nationality will be covered by overseas travel injury insurance (30 million yen in case of death, or up to 2 million yen for medical treatment). Any past illness, chronic disease, and dental treatment are not covered.

Studio Office Support
Studio Office consists of three coordinators.
They will coordinate meetings with Japanese arts professionals, informants, and interpreters, assist artist in making arrangement necessary for his / her activities, and also facilitate communication with other artists and the local community.

Call: Call for Artist-in-residence program of ARCUS Project, Ibaraki, Japan
By: Ibaraki Prefectural Government
Endowment: Check website
Deadline: 7th May 2013
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