Youkoubo Art Space is a privately managed and operated art institution. The cost of using the facilities, travel and living expenses, and materials expenses are solely the responsibility of the artist. Youkobo cannot offer any form of financial support.
We accept applications for the Artists-in-Residence (AIR) program twice a year. The two annual application deadlines are: June 30 (results announced in August) and December 31 (results announced in February).

1. Applications to the Artist-in-Residence Program

For domestic applicants, please make an appointment with our office for an interview, so that we may speak with you directly about your plans and make our decisions accordingly. For international applicants, please make your application via e-mail. The application form may be downloaded from our website. In addition to the form, we would like to see your CV, evidence of artistic activity, and a proposal for your stay at Youkobo.
There are no preconditions for acceptance in terms of field of artistic activity, age, nationality, etc., though there are limitations to our physical facilities. It is recommended that artists joining our program hold open studios or exhibition at the conclusion of their residency with us.
In principle, residencies will be calculated in one-month periods, beginning on the first day of the month (check-in after 1200 pm) and ending on the last day of the month (check-out before 1200 pm). Residencies must be a minimum of one month, and can be as long as six months.
All artists accepted onto the residence program will be expected to sign a contract and pay a deposit of 40,000yen within one month of their acceptance in order to confirm their residency.

Plan Name of space Cost/month Note
AIR-1 Residence 1 160,000 A residence space providing comfortable living environment. Recommended for long-term residencies.
Studio 1
AIR-2 Residence 2 140,000 Only suitable for one person.
Studio 2
AIR-3 Residence 3 170,000 Recommended to artists wishing to hold an exhibition during their residency.
Studio 3
Residence only Residence 3 130,000 Recommended to curators or researchers who don’t require a studio.

Depending upon availability, use of studio 3 is possible independently, please ask us.
In addition to these cost, the artist is expected to pay the actual cost of the utilities consumed, 30,000 yen/month.
Fuel cost for using a stove at Studio 1 must be paid additionally.
Applicants wishing to be escorted by partners or families (limited to AIR 1 and 3) should notify Youkobo at the time of application.

How to Apply

Download Application Form

Please email completed application forms and supporting materials to this address:
Please note the AIR Application Form has FOUR pages; application form, proposal, CV, and a work title and checklist.
Please make sure you have filled out all of them before returning the form to Youkobo.