Kyoto Art Center

General information

Brief description of organisation

Kyoto Art Center was conceived and established as a place for encountering various genres of art, as well as for the creation of the new culture through the revitalization of tradition developed in the city over its long history. This encounter will also connect to technology and industry, and furthermore to the everyday life of citizens, to bring a real fertility to the city.

The activities of the Center will be divided into these three categories: (1) aid and support for young artists in whatever genre; (2) collecting and dispatching of information concerning art and culture by means of various kinds of media; (3) affording the chance for communication among the artists or between artists and citizens, especially by welcoming artists coming from in and out of the country as artists-in-residence.

By fulfilling these activities, the Center is aiming to be the laboratory of creation for urban culture in the new century.

Organisation founded in


Brief description of residency program

Kyoto Art Center stands on the site of the former Meirin Elementary School, which was rebuilt in 1931. Design of Kyoto Art Center took into consideration the cultural value of the history of the school, the building facade, Japanese-style hall, auditorium, Japanese-style room, and other features. Renovations focused on creating an environment that would help stimulate unrestricted artistic activity, with emphasis on the maximum use of existing facilities.

1869 Meirin Elementary School opened.
1931 The school was rebuilt.
1993 Closure of the school.
2000 Kyoto Art Center opened.

Residency program since


Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
  • Educational Programmes
  • New Media
  • Printmaking
  • Curatorial
Type of organisation
  • Independent Association/Foundation

Residency conditions

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


Expenses paid by artist
  • Food
Expectations of the artist
  • Presentation
  • Leading Workshop or Class
Expenses paid by the organisation
  • Housing
Application who/how

Application by Mail

Selection procedure

By Committee

Presentation of artists' work

Exhibition at end of Residency

Description of residency



  • Library
Number of studios

between 11 and 16

Type and size of studios

Private Studio

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

How to reach

Nearest airport

Kansai Airport

Contact information

Kyoto Art Center
Muromachi Takoyakushi
604-8156 Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto

Phone: +81 75 2131000
Fax: +81 75 2131004

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