Arts Itoya is an artist in residence program in Takeo, Saga Prefecture, Japan. Studio Kura, the company in charge of the long running residence progam in Fukuoka Prefecture, started it in 2018 after reforming an old kimono shop called Itoya.
STUDIO AND ACCOMMODATION
Arts Itoya provides artists with residential facilities and bicycles during their staying period. Accommodation consists on one traditional Japanese rural house, which can be shared by up to four artists. Each artist is provided a private single room. Common room, bathroom, toilet and kitchen facilities are shared with other residence artists and there is internet Wi-Fi connection in the house. One partitioned studio space is offered to the artists as working space as well as exhibition space. There are enough restaurants and stores for daily needs at walking distance.
COMMONLY SCHEDULED ACTIVITIES
Around the first week of the month, we will take the artists on a tour around Takeo. Then, the following week we will arrange a workshop for them to experience some kind of Japanese craft (i.e. washi, bonsai or tea ceremony). On the last weekend before they leave, artists will have their exhibitions. An opening party and artist talk is normally scheduled at 17:00 on a Saturday.