Youkobo Art Space

This opportunity provided by the Asia New Zealand Foundation and Creative New Zealand is for an artist to undertake a residency at Youkobo Art Space in Tokyo.

About the residency

The successful candidate will live and work in Tokyo for three months from September to November at Youkobo Arts Space - a prestigious residency organisation in central Tokyo. The chosen artist will have the opportunity to meet and work with other international artists and curators.

* Due to COVID-19, the way the Foundation delivers some programmes will change to reflect restrictions around gathering and travel.

Watch a slideshow of images from Youkobo Art Space

Who can apply

Applicants must:

  • be professional, practicing visual artists. That is, they must make the bulk of their income from practising art or working within artistic fields
  • have had at least one group and one solo show
  • be emerging to mid-career artists with a record of achievement. Students or artists within two years of finishing under-graduate study are not eligible to apply
  • be New Zealand citizens or permanent residents
  • be currently residing in New Zealand, and intending to live in New Zealand for at least one year after they complete the residency.

What's covered?

Asia New Zealand Foundation will provide a NZ$9000 grant to the successful applicant to cover airfares and living expenses for three months.

The artist may need to contribute some of their own funds, or secure funding from other avenues to supplement their living or production costs.

Selection process

An independent panel appointed by Asia New Zealand Foundation will select a shortlist of candidates, from which Youkobo Art Space will make a choice.

Selection criteria will include:

  • record of achievement – artists must have had at least one group show and one solo show
  • specific artistic rationale for wishing to be resident in Tokyo
  • the quality and significance of the proposed residency project. This may include research, meeting with
  • identified artistic/cultural influences, creating a new body of work and/or artistic collaborations, and must include an element of community engagement
  • ability to develop networks and work collaboratively
  • an understanding of the aims of the Asia New Zealand Foundation
  • ability to adapt to living and working in a new environment

Participants are selected based on the strength of their proposal and its suitability to the Youkobo facilities, as well as the quality of previous work. 

Preference will be given to projects with potential for artistic collaboration, community engagement, and development of networks.

Terms and conditions

Foundation funding recipients are expected to:

  • provide a 500-600 word article for the Asia New Zealand Foundation website, including photos (to be submitted while undertaking the grant activity or within two weeks of completion).
  • submit a report on their experience accounting for how the grant money was spent (further details to be provided to successful applicants)
  • seek opportunities to share their experience on return to New Zealand
  • remain engaged with the Asia New Zealand Foundation.

Read the full terms and conditions

How to apply

* Due to COVID-19, the way the Foundation delivers some programmes will change to reflect restrictions around gathering and travel.

Past recipients

Kalisolaite Uhila (2018)

Richard Maloy (2017)