One of the most rewarding and inspirational residency I have attended so far, not only in my art development but the experience and the connection with people.
Shiro Oni Studio is situated in an ambience small town, Onishi 鬼石, closely surrounded by nature and warmhearted people. The Group 1 residency start on May 2- June 13 but it didn’t work well with my work schedule and so I started 2 weeks later.
All the artists are staying under one roof in a 3 stories house with a freshly start out vegetable garden and chicken barn. The town’s major places like supermarket, hardware shop, drug store, post office, bank, convenience shop, city hall and hot spring bath are all easily accessible on bicycle. The big stores are all outside town which is pretty hard to reach without car as the bus schedule is not that frequent but we have very helpful locals who brought us around in their cars.
There are 4 studio spaces, the Kinuya, Kotoriya, Shiro Oni Studio and the latest Juuichiya, as well as, a wood workshop and the kerosene kiln. All of them are all within 5 minutes distance on bicycle and we have the freedom to use them at any time.
Shiro Oni Studio
Beside residency, there are many other activities and workshops going on in this town. During my stay, there was lamp making workshop, sushi making workshop, visit the Hosokawa paper factory, doll making exhibition, tea ceremony, swimming in river, Taiko (drum) practice, Biwa (traditional Japanese music instrument) performance, BBQ and the Karaoke session. My most favorite pastime of all is just cycling and taking photos of the town.
-Taichi, Tuesday 7pm
-Badminton, Friday 7pm
-Equestrian club, Tuesday & Thursday 4pm
-Hot Spring Bath, Everyday, half price after 9pm
-Flea market, Sunday, 6am onwards