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Akiyoshidai International Art Village

  • Host organization

    Yamaguchi Kirameki Foundation

  • Address

    50 Akiyoshi, Shuho-cho, Mine-shi, Yamaguchi 754-0511 Japan

  • Website

Objective -The program provides artists with an opportunity to stay in an environment which is different from their everyday setting, and also secure time and space to live and work with the local community.
-The program provides local residents with occasions to interact with artists and engage in artistic activities, to nurture interest in the arts and culture among the wider public.
Organization activities -Artist in Residence Program
The Residence Support Program invites artists who work in various genres of arts from Japan and overseas through an open call. Resident artists pursue their artistic activities and carry out projects with the local community.

The Residence Fellowship Program is a short-term residency made available to artists who are sponsored by other organizations to conduct research, art creation, and exchange. Public programs that engage the local residents could be arranged.

Dispatch of Japanese Artists: AIAV is taking applications from Japanese artists in a broad range of genres and sending selected artists to residence organizations or associations overseas. After those artists come back to Japan, they are to make presentations at AIAV.

-Other Programs
Seminar and Workshop
Viewing Program
Music Competition
Educational Institution and Cultural Organization Support Project
Young Artists Support Project
Friends Net (membership)
Information Services
Founded in 1998
Background The Akiyoshidai International Art Village was conceived as a place to develop creative activities in various fields of arts, including visual arts, and performing arts.
The concept of a residency program builds upon two preceding local projects: the Akiyoshidai International 20th Century Music Seminar and Festival, held every summer in Shuho-cho and Yamaguchi City since 1988; and Shuho Town Cultural Exchange House, established by Shuho-cho in 1993.
Location / Environment Inaugurated on August 25, 1998, the Village is set in a quiet environment surrounded by the woods, providing artists with space and time to immerse themselves in creative activities.
The neighboring Akiyoshidai, the largest karst formation in Japan, and Akiyoshido, one of the largest caves in Japan, provide unique sources of inspiration for resident artists.
Contact Akiyoshidai International Art Village
50 Akiyoshi, Shuho-cho, Mine-shi, Yamaguchi 754-0511 Japan
Contact person:AIAV AIR Team

Facility information

Studio informationAvailable

-Studios 1-7: 20-49 AL41sq. m. (available for visual art practice)
-Seminar Rooms:
*Seminar Room 1: 94 sq. m. (available for dance rehearsals)
*Seminar Room 2: 162 sq. m.
*Seminar Room 3: 94 sq. m.


-Guest rooms: 8 Western-style rooms, 28 Japanese-style rooms (accommodates up to 100 people)
-Restaurant: 250 sq. m. (seating capacity for maximum 100 people)

Presentation spaceAvailable

-Gallery: approximately 267 sq. m.
-Amphitheater (outdoor theater): grass slope space of seating capacity of approximately 600 seats


-From Yamaguchi Ube Airport, approximately 1 hour by car
-5-minute drive from Akiyoshidai IC on the Ogori Hagi Road
-15-minute drive from Mine IC on the Chugoku Expressway
-From JR Shinkansen “Shin Yamaguchi” station, approximately 40 minutes by car
-From downtown Yamaguchi City, approximately 30 minutes by car

Open calls

Currently there is no program available for application.