The adaptation of artist-in-residence program was discussed by the Ibaraki Prefectural Government and art experts in the early 1990s as part of its innovative scheme in which internationalism and the arts were central concept. This scheme arose in response to the rapid urbanization in southern Ibaraki, which was accompanied by the construction of Tride campus at the Tōkyō Geijutsu Daigaku (Tokyo University of the Arts) in the city of Toride, Ibaraki. The project offered opportunities for creative exchange between artists and the residents of Ibaraki, and the Ibaraki Prefectural Government decided to offer artist-in-residence programs that, at the time, were little known in Japan but widely offered in Europe. The preliminary test project took place in 1994, and beginning in 1995 the pilot project was carried out for another five years with the collaboration of the residents of Moriya city.
The growth of the project attracted the public’s interest and made a considerable contribution as an emerging artist development program. Accordingly, the ARCUS Project started formally in 2000. Currently, the Ibaraki Prefectural Government, in partnership with Moriya City, supports the project with additional backing from both Japanese and international organizations that promote educational opportunities and cultural relations. These organizations include Japanese private companies and other international embassies.
ARCUS Project 2016 IBARAKI
ARCUS Studio staff
ARCUS Project Administration Committee
Area Planning Division, Ibaraki Prefectural Government