[Japan after Quake] Residential Art Centre in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Pref

Today, I would like to introduce an article about a unique Japanese art centre just opened last year in Ishinomaki city, Miyagi Pref.  What makes this art centre unique is that this place not only exhibit some artworks, but also has an residential function in the rooms upstairs of the art gallery including a bath room, a kitchen and a living, and the owning group of the centre regularly invites different artists from different area and offer them to complete their art project while they stay in the city of Ishinomaki.


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According to an article, this art centre aims to blend artists and local people based on this centre.  Life of artists can be very mysterious, and it may not be so easy to find an artist living in your town, but with such a residential art centre, you can probably have a chance to see a bit of their secret life in town??

At the same time, the art centre is willing to see what artists absorb while executing their project in the town.  Staying in a different place to complete their project must be a good opportunity for invited artists to have some inspiration.

I think this is a great idea 🙂  Artistic element can be left behind when economic goes down, but I believe arts are important for both children and adults, and having artists involved in a town deeply while producing their artwork works very well to allow people realize the imporance of arts^^


"tamachanhaazarashi" some rights reserved. flickr


Now, the art centre is welcoming a wide variety of artist from outside of the area, but they ultimately would like to involve more local artists and visitors.  For those artists who have been affected by earthquake and tsunami, this place will provide a space to stay for a while to produce their pieces of artwork and also offer a space to exhibit their work.  The same for visitors, they would like to involve more local people, but the place will also be enjoyable for visitors from outside as the place periodically change the artworks to exhibit, and you can always enjoy different work every time they come here.  To have people’s love and interest to arts back to the area!  I hope this centre allow the group to achive this  😉

FYI, the art centre is called Hiyori Art Centre (official website: http://hiyoriartcenter.com/)  If you have a chance to visit Miyagi pref., please visit the site.


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Source: Michinoku Shigoto


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