OAIR 2014 City Where Art Resides
OAIR 2014 is an artist-in-residence program organized by the citizens of Ota. This year, three artists from New York, Singapore and Vancouver Island are invited to create and present their works, and run art workshops that are open to local residents. Local artisans and a flower arrangement artist in Ota will support the artists’ creations and collaborate with them.
Solo and collaborative works of the three artists will be exhibited at Palos Galley in Oomori. The pieces made by the participants in the art workshops held by the three artists will be exhibited there as well. In addition a performance art work will be presented publicly at Kaisei-yu, a public bath house in Kamata.
This project is intended to bring about creative interactions between invited artists and local residents, and to make art-making accessible for a diverse audience base in Ota.
At the same time, we hope the invited artists will find what the program will provide - the opportunities to present their works to and gain feedback from a broad audience base, to create with inputs and support from artisans and engineers with specialized skills, and to contribute to community development – to be rewarding.
Click here to see the brochure
Click here to see the slides on the outline of the project (under construction)
I am very excited to be part of OAIR 2014, and hope to meet with many people through the events during the program. The three artists I invited work actively in cities where art successfully provides energy to residents and is loved by them. I hope that the three artists, local artisans and residents will enjoy making art together and that their creations will contribute to enhancing the local living environment of the city of Ota.
(Yuko Yamamoto: Living on Vancouver Island she coordinates intercultural art events. Master of Fine Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2000.)