Open call for Artist in Residence Project “Social Cuisine” at Artists’ Retreat no-mu 2020

Artist in Residence Project “Social Cuisine”
at Artists’ Retreat no-mu
DEADLINE IS NOV. 1st, 2019 (Japan Time)

Looking from a broader perspective, all of us:  nature, artists, chefs and other professionals are living by taking in the energies, things, and information and taking out by transforming the various features in response to the environment.

Through this artist in residence project “social cuisine”, I would like to make a place to taste the variety of expressions with artists from diverse fields in the world sitting at the same table and on the same dish named “no-mu”.

I regard every human being has a great potential to be an artist. Thus all of you are eligible to join these artists in residence project. I can’t wait to see you all here!

Eikoh Tanaka


A 100-year-old traditional house and the other two houses would be accommodations which were built by a great-grandfather of a Japanese artist Eikoh Tanaka and renovated by hishands He brought back to life these empty houses he grew up and currently runs as dispersed hotel. In this winter, he will open these houses for artists and any creators to stay.

Unlike Kyoto city, this town involves various issues such as aging population, abandoned houses, and town development that most of Japanese suburbs are seriously facing with. It would be a valuable moment to reconsider it by other perspectives from all over the world.

1: Residency duration

Jan 6th, – February 26th, 2020
Describe the period you are able to stay.
We will adjust the schedule for each artist.
※Basically 3~6weeks


Applicants must:
・be able to follow the regulations of the facility.
・be able to speak and understand either Japanese or English.


We will provide:

・accommodation ( Airbnb OMOYA KITA ZIKKA )

  1. Shared house OMOYA:2 bedrooms. One is with two double beds and the other is with one double bed. The kitchen and dining will be used as a common area for all artists.
  2. Shared house ZIKKA:2 bedrooms with a double bed each.
  3. Private house KITA:1 bedroom with a double bed.

*All houses have own kitchen, bathroom, living room, dining room, and toilet.
*All artist must pay Utilities fee: 

  1. A) Shared house OMOYA(111㎡) : 1,500yen(Large room 15㎡) – 1,200yen(Medium room 11㎡) – 1,000yen(Basic room 11㎡) / day
    B) Shared house ZIKKA(60㎡) : 1,200yen (Two private rooms 10㎡) / day
    C) Private house KITA(40㎡) : 1,800yen / day

    ※per person
    ※We will not provide room cleaning and extra towels and bed linens after check-in.

・Project follow-up

*We will not provide any studios. This residency program would be fit for researching, video works, photographies, design, music, culinary research, writing, etc.

4: All residents are responsible for

・Utilities fee
・Flight tickets
・Transport and shipping of artworks, materials, and tools
・Food and private expenses
・Materials for production
・It would be very happy if participants could help Eikoh to repair the houses

5: Notes

・Any expenses exceeding the support must be covered by the artist.
・Family and partner are acceptable (maximum 2 people, we offer 1 double bed per artist ).

6: How to apply

= DEADLINE IS Nov. 1st, 2019 (Japan Time)=

Email a PDF document outlining your CV, links to your creative portfolio, website,  and the list of requirements below→E-mail:

Please ensure you state:

– Your goals as an artist in residence
– Why you want to apply to this Residency Program
– How you will engage with the local context while you’re in the town
– Which duration you are available to stay
– Which room you prefer. *Tell us your top three choices. We might not be able to meet your request.

7: Contact

※ Please send an attachment through google doc, pdf, etc.

Social Cuisine

I regard every human being has a great potential to be an artist.Thus all of you are eligible to join this artist in-residence project.

Through this artist-in-residence project “Social Cuisine”, I would like to make a place with artists, chefs, entrepreneurs, culinary researchers, and any kinds of creators sitting around the same table named “No-mu” – to connect and incite evolution in each other’s realms. Artists unravel the history or social situations of their surroundings, collect motifs or conceptual words and reconstruct them as artworks. It also can be said that the dishes created by chefs have the same structure with the works of artists. Ingredients from diverse lands are gathered on the table and transformed into sensory experiences and symbolic thoughts.

 no-mu is in Kameoka, a city 20km west of Kyoto. Since ancient times, Kameoka, one of the earliest and largest farming communities in Kyoto prefecture, grows 70% of Kyo-yasai, heirloom vegetables which are the backbone of Kyo-ryori. From autumn through winter, the landscape is enshrouded in a mystical sea of clouds, thick fogs caused by temperature differentials. The fog is symbolic of a kind of breath that is circulating between animals and environment. Like an energy cycle in which organisms exchange energy to sustain life through absorption from the environment. To me, artists/creators also have the same kind of circulating energy system.

Looking from a broader perspective, all of us:  nature, artists, chefs, creators receive from the environment to produce an infinity cycle of creativity from one realm to another.

I can’t wait to see you all here!

Eikoh Tanaka