The Kamiyama Artist in Residence (KAIR) Program is an independent project organized by volunteers who share the desire to develop art and culture in the town of Kamiyama. The program was established in 1999 to provide selected artists with the opportunity to experience Japanese small-town life while working together with local people on artistic projects. Every year for two months from September to November, three to five artists are invited to Kamiyama. Participating artists also hold an exhibition in the end of their stay, workshops at local schools, participate in cultural events, and hold open studio days. We have "Bed & Studio" program as independent self-funding Artist in Residence program. Aside from the September-November period when the space is used for the Artist in Residence program, the studio space and housing is available for rent.
The town of Kamiyama is located at the center of Tokushima prefecture on the island of Shikoku. It has a population of approximately 5300 people. It takes 50 minutes to reach Kamiyama from Tokushima city by car/bus. Kamiyama is surrounded by mountains and follows the Akui river flowing through the center of town. Farms and residential areas are dotted along the river. Eighty-three percent of the town’s area is mountainous with an altitude ranging from 300-1500 meters above sea level. Cypress and Japanese cedar trees make up the majority of the trees in the forests, but other indigenous species and wild Rhododendron grow throughout the western part of town.
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