Artist Residency in the rice valley of Kyoto Prefecture

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Rice Valley Projects offers an artist residency for artists, writers and those interested in ecological farming in the countryside of Kyoto Prefecture, thirty minutes by train or car from Kyoto city center. 15 minute bike ride from the train station, bicycles available.

Costs are 30 000 Yen per week for accommodation (all utilities and internet included, not including food) in a two bedroom annex. The rooms are tatami mat, and sleeping is in Japanese style (futons).

Rice Valley Projects is facilitated by Ken + Julia Yonetani (which in Japanese also means rice valley). Ken and Julia Yonetani are contemporary artists based in Kyoto, Japan and Sydney, Australia and also manage a fully organic farm at Rice Valley. They speak Japanese and English, and have carried out artists residencies themselves in Australia, Asia, and Europe. Rice Valley Projects aims to give others opportunities and experiences in countryside Japan, especially those interested in cultural preservation and sustainable farming.

Please send your CV, url links, preferred dates, and project outline. Partners and/or children on a case by case basis.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Installation of the Memory of Bamboo

Installation of the exhibition by artist residents Ana and Sebastian at Anewal Gallery Kyoto

The memory of bamboo from Sebastián Sandoval Quimbayo on Vimeo.

Memory of Bamboo

Artist residents Ana Nuñez Rodriguez and Sebastian Sandoval carried out a three week residency which concluded with an exhibition a Anewal Gallery, Kyoto  in July 2017

Sebastian Sandoval Q

Monday, March 20, 2017

Overlapping ancestry

Artsits Anais and Maurin left us a beautiful passage on their residency, we will quote just some of it...

"We organised flalen trees in the forest, and also our inner trees and how they could be arranged horizontally. Landscapes of the body. The sun and the moon that interpose in the temple also interposed in the days of the snow. The sun, dazzled by the whitened sky, seemed like a full moon...Shared smiles and giggling carried us into the heat of the tropics, in the space between Australia and Brazil that now moves through this land of overlapping ancestry..."

Inside/ Forest/ Inside Out/ Me

Brazilian artist Anais Karenin took a beautiful and ethereal video in the forest near Rice Valley in the snow.

Inside | Forest | Inside Out | Me | from anais-karenin on Vimeo.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Brazilians bring the snow

This year's Tondo-yaki, burning the wishes of the New Year, took place in a snow blizzard! Our Brazilian artist guests were very happy to see snow for the first time.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Feedback from Artists 2016

Happy Year of the Rooster at Rice Valley Projects.

Here is some feedback from artist residents we received in 2016...

"It was the perfect place here for reflecting on our project and getting truly in touch with our directions...I hope to come again!"...

"Well yes a lucky guess and the perfect place for us...It is funny how sometimes things fit so well with your needs and what you are looking for."....

"We found here many inspirations for the next years to come but mostly we found inspiring artists and inspiring human beings. Thank you for your time, your flexibility and your advice."...

"This experience was a unique turning point for us!"...

We are looking forward to new residents and experiences in 2017.

Local Exhibition and Article in Kyoto Newspaper

Collaborative Artists Mathilde and Mathieu exhibited their work at a local festival, and received many comments and interest. An article on their work and this exhibition was published in Kyoto Newspaper, the major newspaper of Kyoto Prefecture.

For more information about their work, their website is here: