ARCUS Project

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Founded 2199
Moriya, Japan


ARCUS Project aims to support promising artists who engage in creative activities across the world, and also, to promote the Ibaraki area through art. This project started in 1994 as a test artist-in-residence program that was an initiative of the Ibaraki Prefectural Government. After six years of successfully running the test project period, it then began officially. By collaborating with emerging artists, curators, and prospective art managers, ARCUS Project connects the Ibaraki area with art, and encourages residents of the city of Moriya to voluntarily participate in various art projects that include exhibitions, workshops, lectures, and film screenings. Our project offers various programs, particularly for children, in order to cultivate flexibility, receptivity, and creativity in adapting to new cultural environments with other artists from different regions.

Local Information

ARCUS Studio, where ARCUS Project is based, is located in Moriya City, which lies in the south of Ibaraki Prefecture and has a population of around 68,000. About 40 kilometers from central Tokyo (and around 40 minutes by train on the Tsukuba Express), it is regarded as the city in Ibaraki closest to Tokyo. Completed in 2005, the Tsukuba Express is a very unique railway line connecting Tokyo’s Akihabara with Tsukuba Science City, where various science research institutes are found. Located immediately after passing the Tone River if coming from Tokyo, Moriya Station is the gateway to Ibaraki.

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