ARCUS research residency programme in Japan

ARCUS Project

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.

The program is scheduled twice a year, in the summer of 2024 and the winter of 2025. 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 program guideline carefully before applying.


One-month residency: 1 to 3 participants for each period

・Friday, June 7 – Saturday, July 6, 2024
・Wednesday, July 10 – Thursday, August 8, 2024

Two-month residency: 1 to 3 participants

・Friday, June 7 – Thursday, August 8, 2024

PROGRAM FEE [Paid by participants]

One-month residency: JPY270,000

Two-month residency: JPY500,000

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 with “2024 ARCUS Research Application” in the subject line.

Program Outline [PDF]

Entry Form [WORD]

Additional Support [PDF]


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