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Kyoto Art Center—Online Residency Program “WE AGE”


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



Kyoto Art Center

Application period Oct. 1, 2021 (Fri.) - Oct. 30, 2021 (Sat.)
Description Since its establishment in 2000, the Kyoto Art Center has been implementing the Artist in Residence (AIR) program. This program, which provides opportunities for artists to stay and work in Kyoto while experiencing its culture, has produced many encounters and artworks.
However, due to the spread of the new coronavirus infection and the present restrictions of entry into Japan for foreigners, it has been difficult to implement the AIR program. Given the situation, the Kyoto Art Center decided to implement the online program "WE AGE" to seek new encounters.

"WE AGE" was the annual theme for the 20th anniversary of the Kyoto Art Center in 2020. Facing the obvious fact that everyone ages equally, we have implemented a variety of projects to reflect on the accumulation of time. In particular, the "WE AGE" project, which was opened only to people aged 65 and over, attracted ambitious and energetic artwork plans, resulting in a group exhibition and multiple performances.

For the year 2021/2022, we have decided to extend the "WE AGE" project to an online residency program, by inviting artists over the age of 65 who want to create artworks through dialogue and remote research, offering them a connection with Kyoto and Japanese culture. As there is no need to travel long distances or be away from home for long periods of time, we think that online AIR can be an opportunity for artists of all ages who have had difficulty participating in artist residencies. Based on the concept of "stimulating each other and growing together,” the Kyoto Art Center's AIR program aims to provide a place where artists from all over the world can share their work and interact with each other.

In order to share the research and projects that will be created during the Online Residency Program "WE AGE", a final presentation will be held in March 2022. We will provide all the help necessary to the participants so they can give shape to their project. This presentation may take the form of an exhibition inside the Kyoto Art Center, a public projection, an online conference or workshop, or any other form suitable to the participant’s work.
Residency location Kyoto Art Center (online)
Residency period Program period: from 6 January 2022 to 28 February 2022
Presentation period: from 1 March 2022 to 31 March 2022
Qualification Applicants must:
・be born in 1956 or before.
・be artists, creators, researchers, or be involved in any creative discipline such as chef, designer, dancer, etc.
・have clear motivation to do research and develop a project through online exchanges. Projects related to Japan or Kyoto are welcomed.
・be able to communicate in English or Japanese.
Pay by artists / Support for artists 1) 150,000JPY for production and research (tax included)
2) Support for interpretation / translation during the program
3) Technical assistance
4) Presentation opportunity in Kyoto
* The most suitable format will be chosen for presentation depending on the content of the artwork/project. Presention in Kyoto Art Center or in an online format.
* As it is an online program, there is no support for living and travelling expenses during the program.
Selection process Applicants must read the guideline carefully and submit their application before 30 October 2021. (Application form available at:

A screening committee will carefully review and evaluate all the applications. The result will be informed to all applicants by the end of November 2021. Any enquiries about the selection process will not be answered.
Contact Kyoto Art Center Artist in Residence Program
546-2 Yamabushiyama-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-8156 Japan