Microresidence Network




Y-AIR Network 2020 team

Do you know what is Y-AIR, it’s meaning?
Here we would like to describe about, its concept, its possibility and its necessary. Artist-in-Residence (AIR) is a facility / program for residency and creative activity that allows artists to study and work in different environments and conduct research and creative necessary to improve their skills. AIR provides a safe and secure environment as an aid to exploration and practice based on the relationship of trust with artists, and helps to make the stay meaningful.

Since 2013, we have called “Y-AIR Concept” (AIR for Young), how to make art students and young artists accessible to AIR program, a place for professional artists. We have been searching for this in collaboration with the organization of AIR programs and art universities. We aim to provide and collaborate to create a place of experience and training where the eggs of artists who will lead the future can actively open up their activities as professional artists, social members with international mind.

In the following sections, we will see the world associates connected through our Y-AIR practices. Get to know some specific cases.
And in the subsequent sessions, we mapped examples of various Y-AIR practical activities that have been learned at our Y-AIR workshops and are being promoted around the world, We don’t think it’s such a thing yet. Based on the Y-AIR concept, we hope to create a joint world network between AIR and Art University for the international career development for young artists.

You may think that the dimension is totally different from the art world, but do you know the following facts? We would like to refer to the long history of the IAESTE for technology majors and the AIESEC for the business majors, and the world network utilizing opportunities and opportunities for experience and training for young engineers and businessmen respectively.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.


I        Actual status of Y-AIR
I – 1   Y-AIR Practice Examples
I – 2   Y-AIR Mapping

II       Information sharing of Y-AIR, as a way to develop international and global activities
II – 1  Y-AIR Practice Activities
II – 2  Y-AIR Experience

I      Actual status of Y-AIR

I – 1   Y-AIR Practice Examples

Here some cases involving Y-AIR practice in the world which is collaborated with Japanese AIRs and Universities, introduced at the international forum in February 2020, Tokyo, “Y-AIR Network Forum 2020 Tokyo” was held at the Joshibi University of Art and Design, Tokyo. The first international network forum of Y-AIR, titled “AIR × Art University, International career development for young artists” -Y-AIR concept.

Report of “Y-AIR Network Forum 2020 Tokyo”

Microresidence Network Online Meeting 2022 – Y-AIR concept “AIR × Art University”

Ai mi Tagai London/Tokyo 2022 -mutual empathy- Online Forum
A recording of the forum is available below.

Results of the preliminary LTYE Artist Survey
Evaluating the LTYE Programme: Significance and future development of the Y-AIR


5 cases of Y-AIR practice which related to exchange activities with Japanese teams


Y-AIR Melbourne | since 2001
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, RMIT and international AIR programs


SITUATE is a residency program which is under the RMIT for artists, curators and researchers. SITUATE connects people through art by creating onsite real- time opportunities for creative experimentation, cross- cultural dialogue and global mobility. At its core, this project believes that one of the best ways to enable and generate a great discussion is to simply shorten the physical distance between two ideas. SITUATE manages four kinds of residencies: 【1】Reciprocal Residencies; Sending RMIT-affiliated artists overseas on a residency, and receiving an international artist from the same partner. 【2】Teaching Residencies; Inviting an artist into the School of Art to teach and engage with our students. 【3】Partnership Residencies; Working with a local or international partner to invite an artist to work on a project in Melbourne. 【4】Graduate Residencies; Sending recent graduates abroad to further develop their practice outside of the institution.

Reference info
SITUATE, a project of the RMIT University School of Art(Case examples of Y-AIR Vol.2 P13-14)


Y-AIR London | since 2015
London / Tokyo Y-AIR Exchange Programme
ASP of CSM × AcmeStudios × TUA × Youkobo

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Realized through collaborative efforts between Central Saint Martins (CSM) and the Associate Studio Programme (ASP) in London, and Tokyo University of the Arts (TUA) and Youkobo Art Space in Tokyo, the London/Tokyo Y-AIR Exchange Programme (hereafter, the LTYE Programme) is an exchange Programme initiated in 2015 for young art graduates based in London and Tokyo. Every year over a three-month period, the participants are given a supportive framework in which to conduct research, develop and present their ideas in a dynamic new environment. During their stay, they have opportunities to show their work in a public exhibition and gain valuable feedback from professional artists and critics at the end of their stay. Selection is made by respective co-organizers based on the applicants’ proposals.
As well as the ASP, CSM runs a Diploma in Professional Studies, DPS, which can include a Y-AIR programme.

Reference info 
Associate Studio Programme
ASP instagram
Diploma in Professional Studies
Annual Activity Report of LTYE Programme since 2015
MICRORESIDENCE! 2014 Artist in residence as opportunities and places for young artists


Y-AIR Czech | since 2005
University of West Bohemia and international Art Universities


Since 2005 the ArtCamp international summer school of art has been giving both Czech and international participants the opportunity to spend up to three weeks in a creative and inspiring environment while discovering and developing their talent and/or preparing for their studies at art schools. In terms of its scope, ArtCamp is the largest summer school of art in the Czech Republic. Participants of different ages, nationalities and personal interests meet and work together on courses led by pedagogues of the Faculty and by both Czech and international visiting artists. The tuition takes place in the modern studios of our school and in the open air, with Czech and English being the main means of communication. The courses are suitable both for the general public from beginners to advanced participants and the present or future art students. Participation from Japan has been ongoing since 2013, and pedagogues has been continuing since 2015.

Reference info 
ArtCamp facebook
Annual Activity Report of Japanese Participation since 2013


Y-AIR Finland | since 2017
Y-AIR Finland Japan
Waria Artbreak × Univ. of Lapland × Youkobo × TUA × TENKU Art Festival


Y-AIR practices between Finland and Japan that have begun various trials to explore the possibility of AIR experience opportunities for Young artist. It started in 2017 as a Y-AIR activity centered on the Finnish side, Waria Artbreak AIR and University of Lapland, the Japanese side, Youkobo AIR and Tokyo University of the Arts. As a place for activities, it is based on the international art festival “Tenku Art Festival” which started in 2015 in Tomi City, Nagano Prefecture. There is a continuing exchange between Tomi-city, which is rich in nature, and Lapland in the northern part of Finland, the country of forests and lakes, through art in the background of the natural environment.
Note: Univ. of Lapland original, an AIR program supported by a local foundation.

Reference info 
Artbreak Y-AIR
Annual Activity Report since 2017 with Youkobo


Y-AIR Philippine | since 2018
BMLab × Asia Pacific Collage × Joshibi × Rikuzentakata AIR


BMLab is a program focusing on Creator Residency and Media Arts Internship process by BLISS DESIGN STUDIO PH, and Artist-Run Creative and Technical Content Service Provider. Their one of goals is to connect the students not just with multimedia art projects but also to connect them to with practicing visual and media artists in realizing critical ideas, thus learning more about the discipline of other practitioners in the industry. This also extends to creating opportunities for building and developing a network and a partnership that encourages the students to engage them towards a problem, to be solved by their creativity and tectonics driven from multimedia art concepts. In relation with Rikuzentakata AIR Program, at the first stage of a cross-disciplinary research project of post-disaster areas “DISPLACED” took place in the Philippine, March 2018. From 2019, it to be the continuation of the project co-working with Asia Pacific College and JOSHIBI University of Art and Design.

Reference info 


I – 2   Y-AIR Mapping

A Micro and Macro Collaboration,”AIR & Art University”

This mapping is based on Y-AIR practice cases, refer note below, at the time of the Y-AIR Lab. our research group’s domestic and overseas Y-AIR practice case studies conducted in 2015 and 2016, includes Y-AIR practice examples that began with exchanges between AIRs and art universities.


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Please refer to the sources below reports to search for individual programs listed in the map above.
You cannot search directly from this map.

MICRORESIDENCE! 2015 Case Examples of Y-AIR in Japan Vol.1 
MICRORESIDENCE! 2016 Case Examples of Y-AIR overseas Vol.2

Y-AIR Chronology 

The chronology of the footprints and trajectories from the beginning of the Y-AIR concept to the first Y-AIR international network conference, Y-AIR Network 2020 Tokyo, was compiled.

Chronology detailed



We received the understanding and support of domestic and overseas AIR operators, art universities teachers, young artists who actually worked Y-AIR programs, and the activities that we have cooperated with in past practical activities, surveys and research. We would like to special thanks to related organizations such as the Foundation and the Cultural Council. And the international Y-AIR Network forum was realized by collaboration/support of AIRs, art universities, and related organizations, institutions for Y-AIR’s practical activities. Thank you for the understanding and cooperation. We wish the following activities will be further enhanced.

List of thanks


II     Information sharing of Y-AIR,
___ _as a way to develop international and global activities

This chapter is a place to post your comments.
In order to share Y-AIR information and develop global activities, you can check examples of Y-AIR being practiced in various forms and participate in Y-AIR practice activities. You can also try new Y-AIR practices and support Y-AIR activities. You can also see reports of artists who have experienced Y-AIR activities.
We would appreciate it if you could share the value of Y-AIR and evaluate this activity.
We would like to ask for your understanding and cooperation in this activity, as well as hearing your opinions.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Inquiries and contributions: contact@micoresidence.net

Y-AIR Network
Provisional Secretariat
c / o Youkobo Art Space, Tokyo
Tatsuhiko Murata
Makiko Tsuji

II – 1  Y-AIR Practice Activities

The following list represents the Y-AIR Practical programs, these activities within a given institution may be broken down into different categories within the institution.

Youkobo Art Space
ACME studios
Waria Artbreak

Art University
ArtCamp, UWB

II – 2  Y-AIR Experience

-Essay Collection of Y-AIR experienced artist

The following are contributions from our recent experiencers. This contribution will be posted in the order of submission for the time being, at the start of this site, indices, such as ideas to make it easier to read, should be homework in the future. We hope that you will gain the understanding and cooperation of this activity by knowing the actual situation of the activity that the Y-AIR experienced artists, program practitioner talk about.

 Essays from fresh artists who just experienced the Y-AIR program 

Daria Blum
Hanako Kudlic

Borja Gomez Diez

 Y-AIR view of full-time and emerging artists 

Julie Curtiss
Yohei Chimura
Yuko Takahara

 Message from people working on the practice of Y-AIR activities 

Takahiro Oguma