Kamiyama Artist in Residence

【NEW】2016/02/25

Call for Kamiyama Artist in Residence 2016 program.
Please note that the deadline for applications are on 3/25/2016.

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The Kamiyama Artist in Residence (KAIR) Program is an independent project organized by volunteers who share the desire to develop art and culture in the town of Kamiyama. The program was established in 1999 to provide selected artists with the opportunity to experience Japanese small-town life while working together with local people on artistic projects. Every year for two months from September to November, three artists are invited to Kamiyama. During their stay, they create artworks which are displayed at an exhibition held in early November. Participating artists also hold workshops with local residents, participate in cultural events, and hold open studio days.

Viewing Satoshi Uchiumi's work at the Yorii-za Theater during the 2007 art tour

See the KAIR Artist and Artwork List for a detailed list of past participants and works. To read comments from past participating artists, see Reflecting on KAIR Every year, applications are accepted in winter. For more information on the KAIR experience, take a look at the following pages: - KAIR 2010 - KAIR 2008 - Kamiyama Artist Yellow Pages The thing that makes KAIR stand out from other artist in residence programs is the fact that it is handmade by the local people. There are several organizations in Japan which hold artist in residence programs, but the interaction and spirit of mutual cooperation between artists and locals is what makes the KAIR program special. We really enjoy being a part of the creative process.

Vaughn Bell holds a workshop with Josei Highschool students at Oawayama mountain.©KAIR/Vaugn Bell

Kamiyama was once a place where ningyo joruri (Japanese traditional puppetry) flourished. A staggering 1,459 fusuma-e (illustrated stage background panels) that were created from the late Edo period up until the Taisho period (the mid-1800s to the early 1900s) remain in Kamiyama today. These panels were made by artists who stayed in the homes of local aristocrats while they worked with the assistance of local people. In other words, in one sense, an artist in residence program has been going on in Kamiyama since the mid-1800s.

View more photos of the Kamiyama Artist in Residence program.
Even if you can’t join the residency, why not make an independent visit to Kamiyama?


The KAIR Artist and Artwork List(1999- )
Reflecting on KAIR / KAIR Artists interview (1999-2005)
KAIR Artists interview (2010- )

Open Call for KAIR2015(2015/01/15~2015/02/28)

Workshops, Craftspeople, Supply Shops, and Ateliers
Kamiyama Artist Yellow Pages