Akiyoshidai International Art Village

General information

Brief description of organisation

Akiyoshidai International Art Village, designed by the architect, Arata Isozaki, was founded in 1998 with the aim of providing a platform for artists in residence as well as for a variety of art forms and cultural activities. AIAV’s main hall has a capacity of approximately 300 and its residence hall can house 100, and the village also features a restaurant, seminar room, studios, gallery, and café.
AIAV is located far away from the noise of everyday city life and is surrounded by natural resources. Isozaki himself referred to it as an “archipelago”, (an expanse of water with many scattered islands), and it consists of many different facilities. The term ‘village’ suggests that AIAV is not a one monolithic structure but rather a collective of small neighboring buildings reminiscent of a traditional Japanese village.

Brief description of residency program

There are two AIR programs "Residence Support Program" and "Residence Fellowship Program".

"Support Program" is open call and we usually call for applications during the summer and the program runs from January to March.

The period of "Fellowship Program" changes every year. Please feel free to contact us for further information on how to apply.

Residency program since


Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
  • Educational Programmes
  • New Media
  • Animation
  • Printmaking
  • Film Making
  • Architecture
Type of organisation
  • Part of a Governmental Institution

Residency conditions

Duration of residencies
  • between 1 and 3 months
Number of artists resident at one time

between 5 and 10

Companions allowed
  • Other


Expenses paid by artist
  • Other

This regulation is applied to "Residence Support Program"

Expectations of the artist
  • Presentation
  • Leading Workshop or Class
  • Cleaning
  • Exhibition
Expenses paid by the organisation
  • Allowance/Stipend
Application who/how

Open Call

Selection procedure

By Committee

Presentation of artists' work

Exhibition at end of Residency

Description of residency



  • Internet Connection
  • Office
  • Kitchen
  • Computer
  • Dance / Performance Practice Space
  • Musical Instruments
Number of studios

between 5 and 10

Type and size of studios

Shared Studio

  • Private Room
Working language(s)
  • English
  • Japanese
Other activities happening at the space
  • Workshops
  • Presentation
  • Exhibitions
  • Cafe/Restaurant

How to reach

By train

20 mins by a car from JR Mine station (Mine Line)
40 mins by a car from Shin-Yamaguchi station (Shinkansen)

By plane

50 mins by a car from Yamaguchi Ube Airport.

Nearest airport

Yamaguchi Ube Airport

Link to Google Maps

Find us on Google Maps

Contact information

Akiyoshidai International Art Village
50 Akiyoshi, Shuho-cho, Mine-city,
754-0511 Yamaguchi


Phone: +81(0) 837 63 0020
Fax: +81(0) 837 63 0021

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