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Aomori Contemporary Art Centre, Aomori Public University

  • Host organization

    Aomori Public University

  • Address

    Aomori Contemporary Art Centre 152-6 Yamazaki, Goshizawa, Aomori, 030-0134 Japan

  • Website

Objective As a new art environment to lead the times, the Aomori Contemporary Art Centre (ACAC) at Aomori Public College aims not only to provide opportunities to appreciate various art productions, but also to create a new art culture unique to Aomori City while promoting diverse communication between artists, students, and Aomori citizens. Moreover, the ACAC is an invaluable facility for Aomori Public College as a university research institution which gives back to the region through its practical research, striving towards true research as one of its intrinsic purposes.

In our city’s abundant natural environment, numerous projects are developed here as a beachhead for the production and dissemination of excellent international and regional art culture. The ACAC’s main projects offer multifaceted art experiences which include display exhibitions centered around our Artist-in-residence, which invites artists both domestic and abroad; seminars and symposiums put on by artists themselves or other specialists; and workshops where one can experience firsthand the creative activities going on at ACAC.
Organization activities -Artists-in-residence program
-Exhibitions, symposia, seminars, workshops and other events, planned separately from the residency program
-Information service on arts and culture through publication of periodicals and website
-Rental service of the facilities
Founded in 2001
Background The plan for Aomori Contemporary Art Centre was first initiated in response to “Our City Aomori - A Creative Plan for the 21st Century,” a cultural policy drafted by the City of Aomori in March 1996. The facility was designated in 1998 as one of projects to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the city's incorporation.
In 1998, basic concept was drafted and Goji Hamada was appointed as Director. In 1999 April, Art Plaza ARIA was established to prepare the programs; in November, Tadao ANDO was selected the competition for architectural design; in December, the consignment agreement was signed.
In 2000, building construction commenced and, in October, the pre-event International Artists-in-Residence Aomori "Puddles waterfront" was held.
In 2001 October, the building was completed; in December, the facility were officially opened.
FY 2009 In April, the administrative body was transferred to Aomori Public University.
Location / Environment The facility is built in the woods of Aomori Public University located in the suburbs of Aomori City, with the area of 33.5ha.
Contact Aomori Contemporary Art Centre, Aomori Public University
152-6, Yamazaki, Goshizawa, Aomori 030-0134, Japan
Contact person:KANEKO Yukiko, MURAKAMI Aya, KEINO Yuka

Facility information

Studio informationAvailable

Creative Hall: Ferroconcrete, part of the building constructed of steel-frame and ferroconcrete, 1 floor (1,004.40 sq. m.)
(Workshop studios, woodwork studio, AV room etc.)


Residential Hall: Ferroconcrete, part of the building constructed of steel-frame and ferroconcrete, 1 floor (583.20 sq. m.)
(8 single rooms, 2 twin rooms, dining room, meeting rooms, etc)

Presentation spaceAvailable

Exhibition Hall: Ferroconcrete, 2 floors (1,624.60 sq. m.)
(Exhibition gallery A & B, AV room, etc)


By bus: From JR “Aomori” station, take the Aomori Public College Line (municipal and JR buses available) and get off at “Aomori Public College” bus stop (approximately 40 minutes); the facility is 3-minute walk from the bus stop.

Open calls

Currently there is no program available for application.

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