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ARCUS Research 2022




Presentation(exhibition, performance, and open studio)Not available

Grants and subsidies for travel expensesNot available

Grants and other financial supports/ Support by coordinators and art professionalsAvailable

Art genresVisual arts/ Fine arts , Performing arts , Craft / Applied arts , Film / Video , Others



ARCUS Project

Application period Oct. 27, 2021 (Wed.) - Dec. 24, 2021 (Fri.)
Description ARCUS Project will launch a short-term residency program, ARCUS Research, starting in June 2022. ARCUS Research is a self-funded program that offers an uninterrupted time and contemplative environment for creative experimentation, in-depth fieldwork, and research for practitioners and professionals in art and other cultural fields, including artists, curators, researchers, university educators, doctoral candidates, or writers. The program provides participants from around the world with valuable time and space to reflect, unwind, and nurture the creative process.

Located around an hour from Tokyo and a half hour from Tsukuba City, known for hosting one of the largest accumulations of science and technology institutes in the world, ARCUS Research allows participants to come into contact with the contemporary art scene and leading research institutions, as well as devote themselves to their creative endeavors in a calm environment.

Over the last 27 years, ARCUS Project has supported promising artists who engage in creative activities across the world, offering time, space, and a vibrant community to promote exchange through residencies and public programs. Located in a former public school in Moriya City, Ibaraki, ARCUS Project is the most comprehensive and the oldest international contemporary artist-in-residence program in Japan. Since 1994, ARCUS Project has received wide acclaim in Japan and abroad, both as a groundbreaking AIR program and a local government–run cultural project successfully contributing to its region. ARCUS Project, which is organized by Ibaraki Prefecture Government and Moriya City through an administration committee, is operated as part of a broad partnership with domestic and oversea cultural exchange entities, such as embassies and cultural institutions. By utilizing our extensive experiences and resources, ARCUS Project provides an unparalleled environment for supporting artistic experimentations and research for participants at all stages in their careers.


Residency location ARCUS Studio
Residency period One-month residency: 1 or 2 participants for each period
Friday, June 10 ーSaturday, July 9, 2022
Tuesday, July 12ーWednesday, August 10, 2022

Two-month residency: 1 or 2 participants
Friday, June 10ーWednesday, August 10, 2022
Qualification The applicant must:
-be a practitioner or other professional in a cultural and art-related field, including an artist, curator, researcher, or writer.
-not be enrolled at an educational institution during the program period unless a PhD program.
-be in a state of good health and able to carry out daily activities on their own.
-have English-language ability proficient enough to communicate with staff.
Pay by artists / Support for artists PROGRAM FEE 
One-month residency: JPY250,000
Two-month residency: JPY500,000
(tax included)
The fee includes studio space, accommodation, and basic consultation and orientation at the beginning of the residency program. A bicycle is provided. Participants are welcome to join a museum/gallery tour in Tokyo specifically designed and guided by either a director or coordinator during their stay. As an option activity, participants are invited to the “Show & Tell” salon to present their work and share projects with the local community at the end of the residency.

This is a self-funded residency program. If participants apply for grants from institutions, government agencies, universities in their country/province of origin, ARCUS Project will provide the acceptance letter for grant application once you are selected for the program.

Selection process ・The screening process will be conducted by the ARCUS Project Selection Committee.
・Applicants may be required to provide additional application materials and a video interview.
・Applicants will be notified via email of the result of their application by the end of February 2022.
Contact Please use the contact form on ARCUS Project website: