ARCUS Project

General information

Brief description of organisation

The Ibaraki Prefectural Government launched ARCUS Project in 1994 to promote creative investigation and the development of communication through contemporary art.

Organisation founded in


Brief description of residency program

Artist-In-Residence Program of ARCUS Project which aims to support the artistic activities of emerging artists was launched in 1994 by Ibaraki Prefectural Government as its main organizer. In its 23 years history, ARCUS has invited 97 artists from 31 countries / regions, and supported their artistic projects and researches during the residence. A number of previous residency artists are now known as cutting- edge artists in international art scene.
ARCUS Project Artist-In-Residence Program has focused more on the “process” of activities. Therefore, we are looking for a project which does not regard final presentation as a goal, but tries to conduct a site-specific research / project within a certain period of time. It is also expected that the research / project is open to the local community for sharing the process and collaboration. The proposed projects are supposed to be temporary works with which the applied area can be returned to its original state. Since our program is aimed at promoting international exchanges, applicants should possess national of a country other than Japan. Not more than one artist will be selected from one country / region.

As "ARCUS" means "gate" in Latin, the project aims to be the entrance for participants to create art around the world, and act for a center for artistic activities. (In the latter sense, ARCUS can be interpreted as ART x FOCUS.)

We accept the applications via our website.Please feel free to contact us for further information on how to apply. (dead line is 20th of April, 2017)

Residency program since


Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
Type of organisation
  • Part of a Governmental Institution

Residency conditions

Duration of residencies
  • between 3 and 6 months
Number of artists resident at one time


Companions allowed
  • Children
  • Partners
Expenses paid by artist
  • Supplies
  • Food
Expectations of the artist
  • Other
Expenses paid by the organisation
  • Travel
  • Housing
  • Allowance/Stipend
Application who/how

Digital Application

Selection procedure

By Committee

Presentation of artists' work

Arranged on a case-by-case basis

Description of residency



  • Internet Connection
  • Office
  • Kitchen
  • Woodworking Tools
Number of studios


Type and size of studios

Private Studio

  • Private Room
Working language(s)
  • English
  • Japanes
Other activities happening at the space
  • see our program outline

How to reach

By train

Get off at "Moriya Station" by Tsukuba Express from Akihabara Station (Approx. 32 min. by rapid train), then take a local bus and get off at the bus stop "Moriya Koko Iriguchi (Moriya High School Entrance)."

By plane

Nearest airport is Narita International Airport.

By car

Approximately 5 min. from "Yawara I.C." on Joban Expressway.

Or public bus service from Tokyo is available:
Take Highway Bus for "Mitsukaido and Iwai/Sashima" from Yaesu South Exit at Tokyo Station (operated by Kanto Railways or JR Bus Kanto) and get off at "Matsumaedai." (Takes about 1 hour from Tokyo Station. 15 min. walk from the Matsumaedai bus stop.)

Nearest airport

Narita International Airport

Link to Google Maps

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Contact information

ARCUS Project
2418 Itatoi
302-0101 Moriya, Ibaraki

Phone: +81 297 46 2600

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