1_AIR Exchange Program
While continuing to offer spaces and opportunities to artists who wish to stay, produce and present in Japan, Youkobo has expanded the scope of its activities to include various collaborations with international AIR in order to create opportunities for the dispatch of Japan-based artists who wish to develop their activities overseas. While it would be ideal to be able achieve a mutual balance between the number of artists accepted to the Youkobo AIR program and the numbers of participants in these exchanges, the procurement of funding for such exchanges poses a considerable challenge. To date, we have endeavored to dispatch artists to art and culture events taking place in European Capitals of Culture (ECoC), and likewise invite artists to participate in domestic events. The dispatch and exchange of artists that have been achieved take various forms, developing out of exchanges with newly-established AIR in designated ECoC cities, with AIR that former Youkobo residence artists have made connections with in their home countries following their return, or realized through information-sharing between members of AIR networks, for example.
1-1 Reciprocal Artist Exchange Program
Developing out of face-to-face exchanges between individual AIR institutions, Youkobo has begun a series of new artist exchange programs (artist exchanges with microresidencies) that are not limited to big cities but also actively include AIR activities recently seen in ECoC cities that are undergoing post-war reconstruction. Various examples can be given, each taking shape out of different circumstances but often developing naturally out of an artist's experience of staying and producing at Youkobo that grows into a continued reciprocal exchange with a partner institution.
Waria ArtBreak (Ii, Finland), refer to the Y-AIR page.
Waria ArtBreak is a micro residence co-run by sculptor Antti Ylonen and environmental scientist Kaisa Keratar. They are also involved in the management of the Kulttuurikauppila Art Center and the open-air environmental art exhibition Art Ii Biennial in the city. In collaboration with the local University of Lapland and Youkobo and Tokyo University of the Arts (TENKU festival, Tomi City, Nagano Prefecture), a young artist exchange program on the theme of the environment was launched in 2017.
In 2017, Youkobo initiated a reciprocal exchange program with Finnish Artists Studio Foundation (FASF), a non-profit organization offering affordable studios to visual artists in Finland whose headquarters are in Helsinki. the exchange program was realized in collaboration with Tapiola Guest Studio in Espoo City on the outskirts of Helsinki.
Annexes du Château de Bourglinster (Luxembourg City, Luxembourg)
Acceptance of dispatched artists from the Embassy of Luxembourg and the Ministry of Culture of Luxembourg began in 2011 and continues every year. In 2019, the idea of mutual exchange, which has been a long-cherished desire, has been fulfilling and a dispatch program from Japan is also realized.
07-09 Anne Kagioka Rigoulet
08-09 Franck Miltgen
07-08 Kyogo Matsumoto
AIR program that started on the occasion of Kosice, the European Capital of Culture 2013. The exchange program has started with the start of AIR.
Kulttuurikauppila is an AIR program initiated in 2006 by the local municipality of Ii City and Antti Ylonen, a locally-based artist who was inspired by his experiences of joining the Youkobo Artist Residence Program in 2002. Art Break, a microresidence run by Antti that supplements the activities of Kulttuurikauppila.
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1-2 Artist Dispatch Program
The experiences of the Youkobo co-director, who had previously created opportunities for artists to join an international sculpture symposium in which she had also participated while at the same time promoting similar opportunities in Japan to artists overseas, formed the starting point for this program. Providing support to the creative activities of artists while at the same time leading to new ideas brought about through the artists' experiences of staying and producing work in a new environment, the outcomes of artist dispatches can be regarded as positive experiences for artists that connect with the creation of a society more open to diversity. From art and culture events taking place at specific sites and for limited periods (triennials, biennales, sculpture symposiums, etc.) to special exchange programs organized by ECoC designated cities, Youkobo accepts a broad range of requests for the dispatch of Japanese artists who are given such opportunities through existing artist networks and public open calls. In addition, Youkobo is also actively working to discover and recommend artists who are autonomously developing their creative practice.
・Mimar SinanArt University, Istanvbul, Turkey, dispatch program started 1994
Degirmendere, Marmara, Milas, Ankara, etc.
・Environmental Art Festival in Finland, Oulu, Finland, Program started 1996
Icescape Symposium, Art Ii Biennale、etc.
European Capital of Culture
・2009 Vilnius, Lithuania
・2010 Istanbul, Turkey
06-07 Merve Ertufan, Res Artis Award 2010
Biennial of Young Artists from Europe, BJEM 2009
・2012 Guimarães, Portugal
・2013 Kosice, Slovakia
KAIR × Youkobo Artists Exchange Program started 2013
Juka Araikawa, the first dispatched artists from Japan
・2014 Riga, Latvia
・2015 Pilsen, Czech Republic
2014/08-09 OPEN A.i.R. x Youkobo Artist Exchange Program started 2014
Kyogo Matsumoto the first dispatched artist from Japan
・2018 Valletta, Malta
・Hualien International Art workshop, Hualien, Taiwan by Director Pan Sheau-Shei
・Beijing Studio Center, by Director, Xinxin Guo
2009. 07/08 Chihiro Kabata, Yuri Kabata
・Stiftung Kunstlerdorf Schoppingen, Schoppingen, Germany
・Portland Sculpture and Quarry Trust, UK
・World Event Young Artists 2012, Nottingham, UK
・City & Guilds of London Art School, London