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ARCUS Research is a short-term and self-funded program that offers an uninterrupted time and contemplative environment for creative experimentation, in-depth fieldwork, and research for practitioners and professionals in art and other cultural fields, including artists, curators, researchers, university educators, or writers. Located around an hour from Tokyo and a half hour from Tsukuba City, known for hosting one of the largest accumulations of science and technology institutes in the world, ARCUS Research allows participants to come into contact with the contemporary art scene and leading research institutions, as well as devote themselves to their creative endeavors in a calm environment. The program provides participants from around the world with valuable time and space to reflect, unwind, and nurture the creative process.

Please read the program guidelines carefully before applying.


January 16 –February 14, 2025 (one-month residency)

PROGRAM FEE [Paid by participants]

JPY270,000 (tax included)

The fee includes studio space, accommodation, and basic consultation and orientation at the beginning of the residency program. As an option activity, participants are invited to the “Show & Tell” salon to present their work and share projects with the local community at the end of the residency.


This is a self-funded residency program. If participants apply for grants from institutions, government agencies, universities in their country/province of origin, ARCUS Project will provide the acceptance letter for grant application once you are selected for the program.


The applicant must:

  1. be a practitioner or other professional in a cultural and art-related field, including an artist, curator, researcher, or writer.
  2. not be enrolled at an educational institution during the program period unless a PhD program.
  3. have English-language ability proficient enough to communicate with staff.


The following materials should be compiled in one PDF (A4 size) in a folder named “Last name_First name” (e.g., Smith_David) and compressed into a Zip file. The PDF file must not exceed 6 MB. Email the file to arcus@arcus- with “ARCUS Research Application” in the subject line.

Program Outline [PDF]

Two references: please include their name, title, institution, and email. Short-listed candidates may be asked to provide letters from their references.

Entry Form [WORD]

Additional Support [PDF]

APPLICATION DEADLINE: June 25, 2024 (23:59:59 JST)


Inquiries about applications are accepted via email:

Please be aware that we cannot respond to inquiries received after the application period has finished. ARCUS Studio is closed on Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays, and national holidays. Any inquiries sent when ARCUS Studio is closed will be answered the next working day.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are group applications accepted?

A group can apply using a single application form. The accommodation is only for single occupants and no more than two adults cannot be accommodated. The accommodation fee is charged for the accompanying individual.

Can my partner or family also stay?

Partners and families are welcome to stay, but please be aware that accommodation provided by ARCUS Project is only for single occupants, and a fee is charged for further occupants. The participant is solely responsible for a partner or family’s expenses as well as safety.