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CZECH ARTIST WANTED FOR A RESIDENCY IN TOKYO

Youkobo Art Space, Tokyo in collaboration with the Joshibi University of Art and Design in Tokyo and OPEN A.i.R, Program, Pilsen in collaboration with the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen are announcing an open call for artists who are graduates, pedagogues or current Master’s students of the Ladislav Sutnar Faculty of Design and Arts.

Date of residency: 1 October – 30 November 2017
Number of participants: 1
Deadline: March 20, 2017

Category: All genres of visual art

Outline of Residency
Youkobo Art Space is looking for a visual artist based who is a graduete or a current student of the Master’s study program of the Ladislav Sutnar Faculty of Design and Art who has an interest in undertaking research or a new visual investigation in Tokyo, Japan. Applications from visual artists who are based in the city of Pilsen are particularly welcome. The two-month residency will culminate in an exhibition in the studio of Youkobo Art Space. Artists are given the freedom to use the studio of Youkobo to try out new ideas or develop existing ones. In addition to demonstrating artistic excellence and a strong proposal, applicants are expected to make a proposal for a short series of classes or workshops, or organize a small project for students of Joshibi University of Art & Design based in the same City Suginami area. With the aim of achieving one of Youkobo’s long-term objectives of building ties between micro-scale AIR and macro-scale art universities, named Y-AIR (AIR for young), it is expected that this residency will encourage meaningful exchange between the residence artist and young artists and researchers of Joshibi University. The timing of the residence artist’s exhibition at Youkobo will coincide with Trolls in the Park, an open-air art exhibition that takes place in November in the nearby Zempukuji Park. Events held during this time benefit from the greater visitor numbers attracted by the Trolls in the Park exhibition. 
 
Accommodation & Studio
Czech artist will use AIR-2 (Studio 2 + Residence 2/ private space) during the program.
AIR-2 consists of a spacious and versatile studio, Studio 2 above the Building 1, with compact accommodation Residence 2 attached,. Formerly used as a sanitarium for in-patients, and later reformed into a studio, this space has a unique atmosphere due to the abundance of natural light. It has been used for installations, as a painting studio, for talk events and performances, and, with its capacity to become a darkened room, as an exhibition space for video work.
 
Specifications of Studio 2:
36㎡, height 3m Usable as studio/exhibition space, has high ceiling with exposed steel framing, wooden flooring, ceiling-mounted spotlights, and fully equipped with air-conditioning and heating. Has large moveable panels which can be freely reconfigured in the space (19 panels, each 1m x 2.6m). There is storage for the panels when not in use.
 
Specifications of Residence 2:
9㎡, height 3m One bed room with equipped kitchen, toilet and shower. Attached Studio 2. All accommodation facilities are equipped with air conditioning, Wi-Fi access, refrigerator, microwave oven, washing machine, vacuum cleaner, bed linen and eating utensils.
 
Program (We expect artist who will actively work on both of activities)
1) Exhibition at Youkobo ArtSpace
The two-month residency will culminate in an exhibition in the studio of Youkobo Art Space. Artists are given the freedom to use the studio of Youkobo to try out new ideas or develop existing ones. The timing of the residence artist’s exhibition at Youkobo will coincide with Trolls in the Park, an open-air art exhibition that takes place in November in the nearby Zempukuji Park. Events held during this time benefit from the greater visitor numbers attracted by the Trolls in the Park exhibition.
 
2) Classes or workshops with students of Joshibi University of Art & Design
In addition to demonstrating artistic excellence and a strong proposal, applicants are expected to make a proposal for a short series of classes or workshops, or organize a small project for students of Joshibi University of Art & Design based in the same City Suginami area.
 
Applications
Applications including CV, portfolio (up to 5 selected projects) and cover letter(max. 1 page) commenting on the artist’s intentions (all in English) should be sent no later than March 20, 2017 to: OPEN A.i.R. Program Coordinator: Tereza Svášková, svaskova@depo2015.cz. The finalist will be chosen by a specialist jury by the beginning of April 2017.
 
Youkobo Art Space will provide:
  • Return ticket from Prague to Tokyo (maximum 150,000yen with proof of purchase)
  • Free studio and accommodation at AIR 2 of Youkobo Art Space for one artist
  • Materials required for the residency (up to 50,000yen with proof of purchase)
  • Honorarium (100,000yen per month)
*The artist is responsible for their own health insurance.

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About Youkobo Art Space

Located in a tranquil residential suburb in central Tokyo, Youkobo Art Space consists of a gallery, artist studios, and comfortable accommodation. Youkobo Art Space’s primary objective is to support and enhance the creativity of artists by offering opportunities for artistic investigation on urban issues in a contemporary Japanese setting. It also organizes a range of programs committed to providing the local community with creative stimulus by promoting cultural exchange between international artists and local citizens. More info: http://www.youkobo.co.jp/en

About Y-AIR
Launched in 2013, the concept of Y-AIR (AIR for Young) is an initiative that aims to create an environment granting easier access to artist-in-residencies (AIR) for art university students and young art graduates, implemented with the understanding and support of various art university professors. The concept of this initiative is being developed through collaboration between the micro-scale Youkobo Art Space and macro-scale universities of art. The initiative is expected to contribute, through trial AIR experiences for the participants, not only to the fulfillment of artists' creative activities as regular citizens, members of society and internationally-minded individuals, but also to the provision of an essential place for AIR within the education programs of art universities, thus establishing them as vessels for society.
 
About Joshibi University of Art & Design
Joshibi University of Art and Design, is a private art university located in Suginami and Sagamihara in Japan. The mission and aims of Joshibi, developing creative minds, encourages students to contribute to local, national and international societies, female independence and evaluation of social status for female through fine art and design, as well as train and educate qualified art tutors and creative artists. Department of Cross Disciplinary art and design: Media Art, Art and Design for Healing, Fashion design, Art Produce and Museum Study are in the Suginami Campus. Outside of the campus they has an Co-ume lab. an alternative space as project space is also available for workshop together with art students.
 
About Trolls in the Park
The open air art exhibition "Trolls in the Park" has reached in 2016 its fifteenth year. Over the years, the many works created by the artists' hands which appear for a limited period every year, have gradually settled in the memories of those visiting the park. Now met each year with eager anticipation, the event has firmly taken root here in Suginami City, Tokyo community.
 
For more information check:
DEPO2015: www.depo2015.cz
The Ladislav Sutnar Faculty of Design and Arts: www.fdu.zcu.cz
 
...or contact:
Tatsuhiko Murata, on the Youkobo Art Space/ the residency process, info@youkobo.co.jp
Tereza Svášková on OPEN A.i.R./ DEPO2015/ the open call, svaskova@depo2015.cz