Artist In Residence Yamanashi [AIRY]

2-37-2 Marunouchi, Kofu city, Yamanashi  400-0031 JAPAN

400-0031 山梨県甲府市丸の内2-37-2



Kofu station is located approx. 1 h 30 min from Shinjuku by Limited express train, JR Chuo Main Line

Also  2 hours by Yamanashi Kotsu, Fujikyuko Bus, Keio Bus from Shinjuku to Kofu satation

Approx. 3 h 50 min by bus from Narita Airport. Approx, 3 h 10 min by bus from Haneda Airport.

新宿駅からJR中央線にて甲府駅へ特急約1時間30 分





10 minutes walk from south gate Kofu station



『Brief description of residency program』

Artist in Residence Yamanashi [AIRY] is a program that invites artists from Japan and abroad to live in the beautiful mountainou area of Yamanashi, making new work and new connections. AIRY is artist run that focused on networking and community involvement rather than business, and aims to cultivate an environment for sharing ideas and different cultures.

Whilst at AIRY, artists are provided with accommodation, a space within the main gallery for use as a studio, and an exhibition at the final stage of their visit.

We are also given support to run a workshop and network within the local community.

As well as running the residency program, AIRY is involved with other projects locally, nationally, and abroad, such as connections with local schools, cafes, shopping district, farms, former bath house.

The curatorial team of the gallery welcomes an interesting array of exhibitions from both local and International artists and offers artist talks and workshops.

Since it has been installed on 2005 in Kofu city Yamanashi, we hosted 140 artists from more than 36 countries until 2018. 

アーティスト・イン・レジデンス山梨 [AIRY]は美しい山々に囲まれた山梨県甲府市にて活動しています。国内外から受け入れるアーティストが新しい環境でインスピレーションを受けて作品を作ったり、新しいネットワークを作るためのプログラムです。ビジネスよりはネットワーキングとコミュニティの関与に焦点を当てたアーティストランで、アイデアや異なる文化を共有するための環境を築くことを目的としています。



甲府市で2005年に活動開始以来、36カ国以上から150名のアーティストを迎えました。( 2019)




『STUDIO/GALLERY on second floor』



『PRIVATE ACCOMODATION with kitchen, bath, toilet on third floor』




『FLOOR map』




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産婦人科医院 ⇨アーティスト・イン・レジデンス


Airtsit In Residence Yamanashi[AIRY]の誕生

AIRY (Artist In Residence Yamanashi) Birth from obstetrics-and-gynecology hospital to an artist in residence


The birth of AIRY: the former obstetrics and gynecology clinic, transformed into an artist-in-residence base

Long ago, there was a private obstetrics and gynecology clinic in Marunouchi, Kofu. In the 1970s, when Japan was in the midst of high economic growth and baby-boomers were starting to have children, they were as busy as bees. But then in the 1990s, following the collapse of the bubble economy, Japan entered a period of economic difficulties. Around that time, suburbanization accelerated in Yamanashi and the population of Kofu’s downtown area steadily decreased. The clinic, struggling with the social shift, went out of business just before the year 2000. The building was converted to an apartment, but didn’t succeed in keeping its tenants. Then, it was spotted by Izumi Sakamoto, who had engaged in artist-in-residence activities in Kofu. She leased the property, and started “Artist In Residence Yamanashi (AIRY)” in the spring of 2009. At the opening of AIRY, she held her personal exhibition “HOSPITAL HOSPITALITY”. This was the moment when the building, which was once an obstetrics and gynecology clinic, came back to life.

The word “AIRY” evokes warm feelings, like a gentle spring breeze. The principle of artist-in-residence activities is to invite artists from home and abroad, and provide them with places for creative activities for some periods of time. Today AIRY provides three rooms for artists to stay. Artists can enjoy Kofu life, while working hard on their own projects. Until now, AIRY has received artists from a variety of countries including the U.S., France, Finland, Netherland, the U.K., Mongolia, Kyrgyzstan, Sweden, Portugal, Chili, South Korea, Australia, and Canada. Artist-in-residence activities gained momentum in western countries in 1960s. “P.S.1” in New York and “Bethanien” in Berlin are some of the famous examples. Bethanien was, like AIRY, once a hospital, which art students then occupied and started artist-in-residence initiatives. But so far, artist residencies have been relatively rare in Japan. And in Yamanashi, such examples have been extremely limited. “This is a rural area. But because of that, I thought I had to do it” said Sakamoto.

By the way, Yamanashi has a lot of tourism resources such as wine, Mt. Fuji, and Shingen Takeda. And thanks to various tourism campaigns, along with the proximity to Tokyo, as many as 47 million people come to Yamanashi each year. Recently, “Kofu Torimotsuni”, one of the local specialties, was selected as “B-1 Grand Prix” winner, and attracted nationwide attention. There is an increasing momentum to promote local specialties throughout the country, and “Torimotsuni” is one of those examples. But Sakamoto said, “I’d like to get people interested in many different aspects of Yamanashi, not just in tourism”. As for art, it has often been consumed as a part of tourism. On the other hand, in Kofu, more and more people are engaging in cultural activities voluntarily, for example, running art cafés. And unlike many other artist-in-residence activities in Japan in which local governments are involved, AIRY is the independent initiative of Sakamoto. What they have in common is a sense of refocusing on their own area of living. Those forward-looking people are paving the way for a new era, and bringing about changes in local societies.

What is good about artist residencies is that because of the creative guests, such as artists and architects, who stay in specific areas for a while, interactions happen between them and local people. Seeing these opportunities, Sakamoto actively holds participatory events with the artists, like workshops and artist talks, along with their exhibitions. And new programs are also in progress. “On-site workshops” at elementary and junior high schools, and cultural exchanges between Kyrgyzstan and Kofu are among them. These programs are all about opening up activities to the local community. Sakamoto expects to see the positive effects of these interactions and said, “I hope that art can help people become more open”. Today, with the “Kofu Art Festival” being launched in 2010, the art scene in Kofu is about to reach a turning point. The era in which local cities, besides Tokyo, take initiative is just around the corner. AIRY, the former clinic and now an artist-in-residence base, continues its contribution to the art scene from Kofu. We can’t help but keep our eyes on what they will do next.

Makoto Saitoh

Born in Tokyo in 1971. Graduated from Musashi University, Faculty of Sociology, Department of Sociology. After serving in an affiliated organization of Setagaya Ward, he has been engaged in art projects as a freelancer in prefectures including Kochi and Ehime. He has also been writing art reviews and critical essays for various media, including exhibition catalogues, free newspapers, and websites.


昔、甲府市内に個人経営の産婦人科医院があった。1970年代、日本は高度経済成長期でベビーブームの真っ只中、それは猫の手も借りたいほどの忙しさだったらしい。ところが時代はバブル景気を経て、不況の90年代へ突入する。その頃郊外化が一層進展したこともあって、甲府市中心部の人口は減少の一途を辿る。そして2000年を前にして同産婦人科医院は時代の波にさらわれ、閉院する。その後、医院はアパートに転用されたが、入居者は次第に減っていったという。そこでこの元産婦人科医院に目をつけたのが、甲府市内でアーティスト・イン・レジデンス(以下:AIR)活動に携わっていた坂本泉氏だ。坂本氏は同建物を借り受け、2009年春にAIR施設「エアリー(正式名称:Airtist In Residence Yamanashi)」を開設する。同時に坂本氏自身の個展「HOSPITAL → HOSPITALITY」を開催、産婦人科医院が息を吹き返した瞬間だった。




text by  Makoto  SAITO / 斉藤 誠

Documentary Movie [Residence]


The Documentary Movie “Residence” was  interviewed to the artist of 2011-12 year at AIRY by Tanzawa Yuki, a video artist from Kofu City.  It was completed as the first director work. He is picking up daily scenery such as encounter and separation at the place called Artist In Residence, and creative activities. It is an impressive work of about 1 hour eddited with a human touch. We are looking for finding cafes and spaces that can hold screenings from now on. Please let us know if you find one.

Documentary movie [residence] official website please check it out the recent showtime.


ドキュメンタリー映画 「residence」 公式ウェブサイトができました。





Original Theme Song[Wonderful Dreamer] Takeru Okuyama/奥山たける

Donation to AIRY/寄付のお願い

一期一会 ichi-go-ichi-e     書:松村瑞山

Once-in-a -lifetime Chance




銀行口座:山梨中央銀行 本店 普通口座 2094421 AIRY


AIRY is organizing only with the residence artist’s payment basically, therefore the activity budget is never abundant.

In addition the residency artists need to pay expenses such as meals, transportation and art materials. We would like all artists who come from all over the world to Yamanashi are able to do art creations enough.

If you feel like supporting residency artists kindly please support AIRY donating to this Bank Accout.

This will contribute to raising the culture scene of Yamanashi Prefecture.

The name of the donor’s name on the website will be announced and an art work will be presented. With a feeling of gratitude

Bank Account: Yamanashi Chuo Bank(head office) 20944211 AIRY