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Artist In Residence Yamanashi [AIRY]

Objective -Support artists in developing a network, exposing to a variety of expression styles, meeting with local people and staying in an unfamiliar place through their art creation activities
-Showcase contemporary art created in a regional area by nurturing artists, curators and other cultural and artistic leaders.
-Exhibitions, workshops, and other events.
-Information service through website
Organization activities -Residence/home
* Two exchange programs are called “home” and “away”.
Founded in 2005
Background Increasingly recognized as a center for various art expression activities utilizing local resources such as culture and natural environment. Expanding the breadth of its activities by not only exhibiting the art works of resident artists but also showing local artists’ works, organizing workshops, and offering educational programs. Has been welcomed artists from a total of 30 counties since its commencement in 2005.
-10th anniversary programs in March–May 2015
-“Ubiquitous AIR”: Residencies of four artists in four locations in Yamanashi Prefecture were simultaneously held.
-Editing and publication of AIRY’s 10th anniversary book WE breathe AIR
Location / Environment Kofu City has a population of approx. 200,000 people. This regional city is located in the center of the Kofu Basin, surrounded by Japan’s renowned mountains, such as Mt. Fuji, Minami Alps, and the Yatsugatake mountains. AIRY is right across from an elementary school; this location allows artists to feel seasonal changes when working on their artwork. Convenient location with a railway station and a library nearby.
Contact Artist In Residence Yamanashi [AIRY]
2-37-2, Marunouchi, Kofu city, Yamanashi 400-0031 Japan
Contact person:Izumi Sakamoto

Facility information

Studio informationAvailable

-Studios: Available
* 65 sq. m (including terrace space) /second floor of three-story ferroconcrete structure
* Also used as Exhibit space


A: 42 sq. m (including terrace)
B: 18.5 sq. m
C: 40 sq. m
* All of three accommodation spaces are on the second and the third floors of ferroconcrete building.
* Each space is equipped with shower, bathroom, and kitchen.AO25

Presentation spaceAvailable

65 sq. m including terrace / The space is on the second floor of ferroconcrete building.
* Also used as production space.


8 minutes walk from JR Kofu Station.
-From Shinjuku to Kofu: 90 minutes by limited express train or 120 minutes by long-distance express bus.