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ARCUS Research 2023




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 Nov. 22, 2022 (Tue.) - Jan. 20, 2023 (Fri.)
Description 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, 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 29 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. 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 9‒Saturday, July 8, 2023
• Tuesday, July 11‒Wednesday, August 9, 2023

Two-month residency: 1 or 2 participants
• Friday, June 9‒Wednesday, August 9, 2023
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
• 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 [Paid by participants]
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. 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.
Please note that the accommodation is only for single occupants; an additional fee is charged for further occupants. Additional support such as interpretation, translation, and coordination for research or a project is available for a fee. Please refer to the price list.

The participants are required to cover transportation, meals, insurance (accident, health, liability, etc.), work expenses, and other living expenses during their stay.

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 2023.
• Please be aware that we cannot respond to individual inquiries concerning the selection process.
• In the case that a successful applicant resides outside of Japan and is unable to enter Japan due to coronavirus-related travel restrictions in place 60 days prior to the program start date, the applicant will be rejected, and the next applicant selected. If the program start date is June 9, 60 days prior to the program start date (not counting the first day) would be April 10 (the same system applies below).
For inquiries, please use the contact form on the ARCUS Project website:
Please be aware that we cannot respond to inquiries received after the application period has finished.

ARCUS Studio
Open: Tuesday‒Saturday | Office Hours: 10:00 a.m.‒6:00 p.m.
Closed on Sundays, Mondays, and national holidays. Closed on Tuesday if Monday is a national holiday. Any inquiries sent when ARCUS Studio is closed will be answered the next working day.