Short story of the organisation
Youkobo Art Space is an independent and dynamic creative center. It provides a unique space for wide-ranging international exchange and cross-cultural experience, where foreign and domestic artists and people from the local community can meet and communicate with one another through exhibitions, workshops, lectures, and a variety of other events using Youkobo’s facilities.
The AIR Program at Youkobo is focused on providing overseas artists with the opportunity to expand the scope of their activities through a prolonged stay in the metropolis of Tokyo. In addition, it also provides the people of the area with an opportunity to experience and enjoy a variety of genres of contemporary art.
Used as a clinic and sanatorium during the 1950s. Since the 1980s it has served as a space for art education, a sculpture studio, and animation studio. In 2001 it was reborn as the comprehensive art facility, Youkobo Art Space.
Total surface of the site : 210m squared
Location (city, suburbs, disused area, rural): suburbs close to the city
Foundation year of the centre : 2001
Owner of the building : Tatsuhiko and Hiroko Murata
Office, community lounge, gallery, two studio spaces and two residence spaces Community lounge: 15m sq. on the ground floor. A space for relaxation, communication and information-sharing. Connected to the gallery Has internet access, toilet, and a comprehensive collection of AIR materials from Japan and overseas.
Gallery: 20m sq., ground floor. Has two usable walls, good natural light. Can be darkened and has ceiling-mounted spotlights, air conditioning, and LAN access.
Studio A: 33m sq., ceiling height 5m. Usable as studio/exhibition space. Concrete floor, very large sliding door opening onto the street, connected to courtyard garden, and to residence 1. Equipped with ceiling-mounted spotlights, LAN access, electricity, water, kerosene heater. Studio B: 36m sq., ceiling height 3m. Usable as studio/ exhibition space. High ceiling with exposed steel framing, filled with natural light and a unique atmosphere. Equipped with ceiling-mounted spotlights, air-conditioning, and heat. Large moveable panels for freely reconfiguring the space (19 panels, each 1m × 2.6m). Toilet, water, refrigerator, water heater. Temporary residential use possible.
Residence 1: 35m sq. ground floor. Japanese-style residence with fully-equipped kitchen, toilet, bath. Opens onto courtyard garden and is connected to studio A. Equipped with air-conditioning, LAN access, refrigerator, microwave, washer, vacuum cleaner, TV, radio, futon, etc. Bicycle and heater also available. Can accommodate two people.
Residence 2: 35m sq. second floor. Western-style residence with fully-equipped kitchen, toilet, bath and bed. South-facing veranda overlooks courtyard garden. Furnishings same as residence 1.
Social and artistic disciplines
artist residencies, exhibitions
community-based projects and workshops
and an ongoing internship program (GIP: Global Internship Program): young art managers have the opportunity to get hands on experience in all aspects of the running of an active art facility
Some government and private funding for projects.