About the Koganecho Artist-in-Residence Program

We are offering an Artist in Residence program at the NPO Koganecho Area Management Center for creative individuals working in various fields such as art, craftwork, design and architecture.

Our goal is to revitalize the Koganecho area, which includes the districts of Hatsunecho, Koganecho and Hinodecho. At its peak, there were about 260 illegal businesses alongside the Keikyu railway tracks that engaged in sex trafficking and prostitution. Many merchants and residents that traditionally lived and worked in this area were forced to move out, resulting in the deterioration of living space for those who remained. Since, the residents of Koganecho organized the Association for Hatsunecho, Koganecho and Hinodecho Environmental Cleanup, and together with the government, police and universities, they continue their tenacious effort to revitalize the area. In January 2005, the Kanagawa prefectural police raided and closed down the illegal businesses in the Koganecho area. Our nonprofit organization, the Koganecho Area Management Center, was established in April 2009 to convert and rent out the spaces that were once used for illegal businesses as art studios, shops, cafes, and other creative spaces. By bringing artists to live and work in Koganecho, we engage in the revitalization of this area.

Artists in our Artist in Residence program will enjoy living, working and presenting their work at a location very near the center of Yokohama city. They will use one of the many converted studios in the Kogaecho area to engage in their creative projects. Artists are free to network with other artists who work in similar studios located throughout the Koganecho area and get to know the residents who live in the neighborhood. Koganecho provides a stimulating environment for artists to carry out their projects during the residency period.

Types of Residency Program

◆Long-Term AIR (1 year) : This program is designed for artists who wish to work in Koganecho area for 1 year from April until next March. Artists are expected to maximize their stay by participating monthly artist meetings and events organized by Koganecho Area Management Center. According to the availability of studios and request from the local community, the selection committee seeks applications through open call every year. Artists are expected to cover the monthly studio rent. The rental fee will vary according to the studio type.

◆Short-Term AIR (3 months) : This program is designed for artists who are looking for temporal studio space for creation, exhibition or accommodation for research. The residence period is set as 3 months. Project plan & residency dates need to be submitted to the center, and after reviewing the proposal the center will contact you with the availability of possible studio spaces. Artists are expected to cover the monthly studio rent. The rental fee will vary according to the studio type.

◆AIR by Invitation (Koganecho Bazaar): The center seeks for project proposals from international artists for the annual art festival, Koganecho Bazaar. It requires a minimum of 30-day residence. The projects for this event take place in different locations including space in a former brothel, new buildings under the railway, and other outdoor spaces and wall, show windows, shop spaces etc. After the selection process, the actual location of the proposed project will be discussed between the organizers and the artist. All expense of production, accommodation, living expense, etc. will be covered by the center. Invitation artist will be selected through recommendation, open call and so on. The call opens around spring.

Long-term Residency Program 2019 Application Form
※Application deadline: [Mon] 4th February 2019 (JST)

Short-term Residency Program 2019 Application Form
※Application deadline: [Mon] 4th February 2019 (JST)

>Koganecho Bazaar 2019 Application Form
※will be annouced in Spring 2019