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Tokyo Arts and Space Residency (TOKAS Residency)

  • Host organization

    Arts Program and Residency Division, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture

  • Address

    1F, 2-14-7 Tatekawa, Sumida-ku, Tokyo 130-0023, Japan

  • Website

Objective TOKAS adopts the mission of (1) ongoing support of emerging and mid-career artists, (2) promoting creative international cultural exchange and (3) supporting cutting-edge and experimental creative activities, while engaging in continued operations and development of its existing ideals and programs and seeking out a wide range of relevant activities.

Under the second mission, TOKAS Residency is promoting exchanges between artists and arts professionals from Japan and abroad and introducing their activities to a broad audience. Residency programs include our Exchange Residency Program sending artists to and receiving artists from our affiliated overseas arts organizations, our International Creator Residency Program and our Research Residency Program, as well as our OPEN STUDIO program, meetings and events like exhibitions showing the results of artist residencies (both those received at TOKAS from overseas and those sent to overseas residencies).
By opening these opportunities to people active in a wide variety of fields, from fine arts, music, curatorial work, architecture, design and more, we strive to be a hub where people of diverse talents converge and interact.
Organization activities Creator-in-Residence
These programs offer creators from Japan and abroad active in a wide variety of
genres a period of residence at our TOKAS Residency or at affiliated overseas
residency programs to engage in creation of works or research.

-Exchange Residency Program
Through our affiliations with cities overseas and their arts/cultural
organizations and residency facilities, we exchange creators from Japan with
creators from abroad to offer them opportunities for artistic creation or
research, while also promoting two-way international exchange.
Partner Institutions (2024-2025)
Atelier Mondial (Basel, Switzerland)
The City of Berlin (Berlin, Germany)
WIELS/Government of Flanders (Brussels, Belgium)
HIAP [Helsinki International Artist Programme]/ Finnish Cultural Foundation (Helsinki, Finland)
18th Street Arts Center (Los Angeles, United States)
Centre Clark/ Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (Quebec [Montreal], Canada)
SeMA Nanji Residency (Seoul, Korea)
Treasure Hill Artist Village/ Artist-in-Residence Taipei (Taipei, Taiwan)

The OPEN STUDIO is a special occasion for the audience to see the creative process of residing creators. Residing creators will give talks on their artworks and activities during their residency in Tokyo.

-TOKAS Creator-in-Residence Exhibition
A group exhibition held for artists who participated in the Creator-in-Residence programs.
Founded in 2006
Background TOKAS was originally established in 2001 as Tokyo Wonder Site, an organization under the auspices of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government for the purpose of nurturing and supporting young artists, and from 2006 it became a program of the Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture.
In 2014, and again in 2017, TOKAS has undergone organizational restructuring merging it with the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo and reorganizing its programs, and in October of 2017 its name was officially changed to Tokyo Arts and Space.
Location / Environment TOKAS Residency is located in Sumida-ku, Tokyo where the old town culture and local industries still remain. The area has various sightseeing spots including the Ryogoku Sumo Hall (Ryogoku Kokugikan), sumo stables, the Edo-Tokyo Museum, and the Tokyo Skytree.
Contact Tokyo Arts and Space Residency
1F, 2-14-7 Tatekawa, Sumida-ku, Tokyo, 130-0023, Japan
Instagram: @tokyoartsandspace

Facility information

Studio informationAvailable

-1F studio (125 m2)
-5F Studio (48 m2)
*Both rooms are equipped with Wifi access and air-conditioner


* 12 private accomodations (8 single rooms [25㎡], 4 twin rooms [49㎡]
* All rooms are equipped with Wifi access, kitchen, toilet, bath, furniture, refrigerator, air-conditioner, tableware, towels and sets of linen. Common use (shared) room (kitchen, computer, printer), library, laundry.

Presentation spaceNot available


9 minutes walk from Kikukawa Station (Toei Chikatetsu Shinjuku Line) exit A1
11 minutes walk from Morishita Station (Toei Chikatetsu Shinjuku Line, Oedo Line) exit A5
15 minutes walk from Ryogoku Station (JR: Sobu Line East exit/ Toei Chikatetsu Oedo Line exit A5)

Open calls

Currently there is no program available for application.

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