Artist-in-Residence for young
Y-AIR is a new form of collaboration aiming to explore possibilities between “micro” AiRs and “macro” art universities. In this initiative, the focus is on supporting activities of upcoming artists as they emerge into their art careers.
Youkobo Art Space in Japan and Waria Artbreak AIR in Finland coordinate this exchange of young artists together with art universities in Lapland and in Tokyo.
The Finnish institute in Japan and Tenku Art festival (Tomi City, Nagano) have also shown warm support for and interest in this activity.
The working period for the chosen artists is usually 2 or 3 months consisting of networking and visiting local artists’ studios, studies of northern culture and independent research and artistic work.
In 2017, the artists joining the Y-AIR program were Tuija Teiska (Finland) and Erica Masuya (Japan).
In 2018 Venni Ahlberg (Finland) and Chie Kamekura (Japan) were the young artists participating in the program.
Laura Tahvanainen and Yoko Takahara were selected for the Y-AIR residency program in 2019.
Additionally, an exhibition of a collaborative workshop by University of Lapland and Tokyo University of the Arts was organised at Gallery Valo in Rovaniemi. The participating artists of ‘Valo – Hikari’ exhibition were Tom Engblom, Lauri Hakala, Toyomi Hoshina, Takuya Inoue, O Jun, Kalle Lampela, Anni Nuotio, Fumio Ohashi, Juha Seppälä, Meo Saito and Yuko Takahara.