The AAUK Residency
Post 3.11 Japanese Tsunami/ Nuclear fallout disaster, responding to the plea from local artists, we established a residency project in UK to give time/space for the artists dealing with the complex issues relating to the disaster. By profiling and giving exposure to these young and emerging artists we are hoping to highlight wider environmental / political issues, and to develop closer links between communities in UK and Japan.

Art Action UK Residency 2019
is Awarded to Satoshi Hashimoto

How Can Art Contribute to Discourses on Planetary Crisis?
October - November 2019

Application for Art Action UK Residency Award 2020 will be announced late 2019. Art Action UK is an arts collective that began through responding to the 2011 disaster in North East Japan, which triggered the nuclear crisis in Fukushima. The consequence of the disaster is still unfolding, drawing attention to global environmental issues, geo-political crises and global economic breakdowns, while countless accounts and experiences are buried in the fallout of the disaster.  AAUK has been providing platforms for artists, curators, researchers as well as students who are asking questions, unearthing a different perspectives.
An artist / curator/ researcher who is directly/ indirectly engaged in discourses on planetary crisis, focussing on the situation in Japan after Fukushima Nuclear Fallout, with a seriousness of intention. There is no restriction in genre, age, nationality or gender. However you need to be prepared to share your experience and communicate in English. There is an interpretation service between Japanese and English if needed for public occasions, however this services is limited to the presentation during the symposium.  Basic English Language skill set is needed to get by during the residency.
3-4 weeks
Location: Unite Kingdom, London
Support Outline:
£1000 including Flight Cost between Japan and UK and small expenses are paid by AAUK. Also Oyster Card initial payment, Single Accommodation in London, Breakfast/ Evening meal at accommodation as well as the cost of studio usage in London are supplied.
Number of Residency: One person Applications are assessed by Art Action UK and the Selected award winner will be notified by email. Please accept that we may not be able to contact all the applicants by email due to the number of applications
Application : Currently not open for application, please watch out for call out in late 2019.
NEW! Art Action UK Micro - Residencies

We are offering artists/ researchers/ curators/ post graduate students, micro residencies, staying with an artist/architect family in South East London, with easy access to galleries and museums.

Application: On going

AAUK Micro-residency will provide:
An opportunity to reflect and gain some perspective on your own practice without any constraints.
An opportunity to meet local artists, curators and share your own work, through seminars and discussion events.
An opportunity to carry out research and to receive local support.
Experience of London with local people who have some knowledge of the art scene.
No Studio space. and artist are not required to produce an exhibition during their residency.
One mentoring session for free ( £65 fees covered by AAUK)

Who can apply to Micro-residency? Artists, curators, researchers and students engaged in the research relating to “Post Fukushima” condition. No restriction on the area of practices / age / nationality / gender/ religious background.
Duration: up to 4 weeks max.
Location: Lewisham, South East London, Zone 2. A furnished room with bed, desk and chair, bookshelf, own fridge, wardrobe, drawer, hair dryer vacuum cleaner, free access to Wifi, kitchen, bathroom living room, and garden deck area. Central heating, 24 hour hot water. No Studio space
Costs: Application fee : Free
Accommodation: Micro Residencies are self funding position, and there will be a cost for accommodation. £150 per week.
Other Expenses: Artists need to arrange their own flight to and from the UK, and pay for their own food, transport and local expenses.
Artists need to arrange their own visa for entering the UK. For most of artist this means obtaining a tourist visa for a month’s sightseeing stay in London. AAUK will not be able to help with visa status for artists.

Make sure to provide below information when you are making enquiry.
1. Name
2. CV ( Including email/ address/phone number/ education/ relevant experience / exhibitions/ projects/ etc)
3. links to your website or other online platform where we can access examples of your work(s).
4. Statement of intent- Please write a reason why you would like to take part in AAUK Micro Residency,  max 500 words
5. Dates ( Please state the proposed dates to enquire about availability. Maximum stay 4 weeks)

Please email to
Past Residencies

The Residency 2018
Bontaro Dokuyama

Originally from Fukushima, currently working in Tokyo, Dokuyama has witnessed the devastating change after Fukushima Fallout Disaster in 2011. The profundity of his experience has catapult him into the current art practice. By employing wide ranging methodologies and approaches including political activism, installation, video, and socially engaged practice, Dokuyama questions our conformity and dependency on a given social mechanism, and seek to uncover the complexity of the reality which is often hidden from our sight.

The Residency 2017
Yumi Song

An artist and an independent curator who has been directly involved in cultural responses to the earthquake, and Fukushima Nuclear disaster.  In 2013 and 2014, she directed an art festival in Tsuchiyu-onsen, just outside of the evacuation zone in Fukushima. Song describes it as a success but explains that it also highlighted the complexities of ‘post-Fukushima’ Japan.In 2015 she co-curated a cultural exchange between Fukushima, Japan and Portadown, Northern Ireland: When the Wind Blows. Yumi is Director of Kazenosawa Museum of Art.

The Residency 2016

This emerging ‘art unit’ engages with social and political issues caused by the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster in East Japan in 2011.  Kyun-Chome deftly construct daring art interventions and thoughtful participatory works. Although poetic and humorous, their work avoids whitewashing complex political concerns.  Kyun-Chome highlight the gravity of social issues in Japan by drawing out global themes and engaging international audiences.  The works ask each viewer to confront his or her own precarious existence in the world.  Their upcoming London exhibition Ain’t Got Time To Die promises powerful and unexpected insights into contemporary Japan.

The Residency 2015
Yoi Kawakubo

Following the earthquake and nuclear meltdown in East Japan in 2011, Kawakubo has created work in Fukushima that focuses on the limits of photographic representation.  He asks us to carefully re-examine our immediate visual perceptions and to reflect on the ominous histories beneath the aesthetic beauty of his work.To Tell a (hi)Story includes photographic, sound and text works along with an installation.  Kawakubo’s artworks respond to ongoing social issues following the nuclear meltdown in East Japan.  His personal and philosophical reflections on the disaster ask us not only to empathise, but to deeply consider the global implications of the nuclear meltdown.

Yoi Kawakubo Website

The Residency 2014
Komori & Seo

Before this year's residency, Komori Haruka and Seo Natsumi had been working in the hardest hit are of the 2011 tsunami. For a month, this young emerging artist duo were able to showcase their work in various London venues. Their work was both informative and emotive, displaying an aspect of struggle that is rarely portrayed by the media. Komori and Seo recounted of how they were asked by locals to "be our eyes", by photographing the barren lands where their homes once stood, and to "be our voices", by bringing these people's stories to the outside world. Komori + Seo's residency took place between 19th May-5th June 2014 at Husk Gallery and Project space, 649-651 Commercial Road, Limehouse, London, E14 7LW.
Komori & Seo website

The Residency 2013
Hikaru Fujii
Artist filmmaker, Fujii started to film in the stricken area soon after the disaster in 2011. Since then, he has been documenting the local situations as it shifted from the initial human responses against the background of such an unthinkable catastrophe to the slow process of facing the reality which has changed unequivocally and yet with no definitive hope for the future. His works including artist and the Disaster / Documentation in Progress were exhibited at Art Tower Mito in 2012, and '3.11 Art Documentation PROJECT FUKUSHIMA!', exploring and questioning the relationship between 3.11 and art in his ongoing project 'Record of Costal Landscape'.
Born in Tokyo, Fujii Studied at ENSAD and obtained DEA from Universite de Paris 8. He has worked with visual media addressing social and political situations in Japan.
Hikaru Fujii's Website

The Residency 2012
Kaya Hanasaki

Hanasaki was born in Japan, 1987. MA Tokyo National Univ. of Fine Arts and Music. Hanasaki's art practice is both performative and installational. She deals with difficult socio political issues without compromise. Hanasaki has been active in raising questions about the issues of the Nuclear Disaster in Tohoku, coordinating Symposium "10months after 3.11". During the Art Action UK Residency Hanasaki has performed at Deptford X Festival and also Greenbelt Festival which were also linked to Project Fukushima! Hanasaki's Masks project first performed at the Greenbelt Festival is still on going and gathering momentum.

Kaya Hanasaki Tumbler

Please see links: Greenbelt, Project Fukushima