2013 Residency application process is now Open

Following our successful 2012 Art Action UK Respite Residency Project,
2013 Residency is now open for applications.
Please see below for detail of application process.
Who:    Emerging artist working and living in Tohoku,
               Kanto area in Japan, age 35 and below.
Where:  London, UK, (also touring to York and Margate)
When:   April- May (3 weeks)

Kaya Hanasaki published images she has collected during her Respite Residency 2012

Kaya Hanasaki's Protraits with Mask Project

This is ongoing project in which Hanasaki involves audience to experience wearing a protective mask, which in Japan became mundane object to provide protection from Radio Active articles in the air after the Nuclear Fall Out Disaster in Fukushima 2011.

The mask not only functions as a physical protective gear, but also it is increasingly becoming a contentious item, dividing population, depending on the political perspectives. If you trust Government safety guideline, there should be no need to wear it, but if you mis-trust Government Safety standard, you might wear them. This item is becoming an issue to divide communities, as well as families.

The idea of Hanasaki's project is to ask as many people as possible to wear the mask and imagine the current circumstance in Japan where normal citizens have to consider risk factors and pro and cons, in relation to the most basic of human activity- BREATHING.

Fund Raiser for 2013 Respite residency took place in SOHO, London,
on 29th November, 7-9pm, at Cafe Eterno, Neal Street, W1

It was a great evening with lots of support from artists and curators and others, including Meryl Doney,  Kaya Hanasaki, Kate Allen, Veronique Chance, Marguerite Horner, Taeko Ishii, East Teas, Tango South London, Richard Allen, Ken McLaughlin, Song Ling, Yumi Otaka, Luciana Ortega, Rachelle Sherwood. Some of artists offered creative skill sets for art raffles, while others took part in sales of items and project works. Also lots of Sushi and Japanese canape were made by artists and enjoyed by others!

We are happy to announce that over 70% of fund is now raised to make 2013 Respite possible.
But we are still accepting donation,  so please go to
100% of what you give will go to Artists Residency Project in UK 2013, and benefit selected artist from affected areas who will travel to York and Margate as well as being hosted as an artist in residency at Departure, Limehouse, London. And he/ she will transmit their perspectives on what is happening in Japan since 3.11 Tsunami and Nuclear Fall out Disaster from within as a young emerging artists.