Residency Archives

In Residence | Casa Wabi | Mexico

Megumi Matsubara is in residence at Casa Wabi, Oaxaca, Mexico, upon invitation and with support by Fundación Casa Wabi, Residency Program 2019.
Curator: Alberto Ríos de la Rosa, Paola Jasso

*About Fundación Casa Wabi >

In Residence | L’Art Rue | Tunisia

Avec le soutien chaleureux de l’association l’Art Rue, Megumi Matsubara a établi son premier pas en Tunisie. Elle était en résidence d’immersion à l’Art Rue pour découvrir et se nourrir de la médina de Tunis et plus. Elle est une bénéficiaire de la bourse de la Fonds Roberto Cimetta.


> sur l’Association l’Art Rue
> sur le Fonds Roberto Cimetta


Salzburg Global Seminar | Parks for the Planet – Nature and Childhood | Austria

Megumi Matsubara participated in Salzburg Global Seminar, and discussed the theme “Parks for the Planet – Nature and Childhood: From Research and Activism to Policies for Global Change” ~ Session 608

The Parks for the Planet Forum is a ten-year collaboration to reconnect people and nature in a urbanized world. Launched in 2015, it aims to improve human and societal wellbeing by expanding access to nature-rich urban spaces, increasing investments in urban conservation, and creating dynamic partnerships between people, cities, and protected area systems.

Invited by Salzburg Global Seminar, coordinated by Program Director Dominic Regester and the team.

All participants:
* Karen Keenleyside  [Vice Chair for People and Parks, IUCN WCPA, Co-Chair, IUCN #NatureForAll, Senior Advisor, #NatureForAll, Parks Canada, Canada]
* Hiroi Ariyama  [Co-Founder, Assistant Architecture Firm, Japan]
* Maria Auma  [Founder and Managing Partner, Blue Luxury Investments (BLI), Uganda]
* Dima Boulad  [Designer and Co-Founder, Beirut Green Project, Lebanon]
* Neil Coleman  [Mentor OPAL Midlands, Outdoor Play and Learning (OPAL), UK]
* Priya Cook  [Principal Associate, Connecting Children to Nature, National League of Cities, USA]
* Katalin Czippán  [International Consultant, Education and Communication for Sustainable Development Issues, National University of Public Service (NUPS), Hungary]
* Jack Graham  [Journalist, Apolitical, UK]
* Anabel Gulias Torreiro  [Councilor, Bloque Nacionalista Galego (BNG), City Council of Pontevedra, Spain]
* Charlotte Kalanzi  [Environmental Education Officer, C&L Fumigation and Cleaning Co. Ltd., Uganda]
* Margaret Lamar  [Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, Children and Nature, USA]
* Sabelo Lindani  [Head of Green Futures College, Grootbos Foundation, South Africa]
* Miguel Lores  [Mayor of Pontevedra, Spain]
* Karen MacLean  [Co-Founder, The Green free School (Den Grønne Friskole), Denmark]
* Heather Nonhlanhla Maseko  [Assistant National Coordinator, Civil Society Network on Climate Change, Malawi]
* Megumi Matsubara  [Co-Founder, Assistant Architecture Firm, Japan]
* Andrew Moore  [Director of Youth and Young Adult Connection, National League of Cities, USA]
* Joanna Nurse  [Strategic Advisor, InterAction Council, UK]
* Meg Otieno  [National Coordinator/CEO, Wildlife Clubs of Kenya, Kenya]
* Alex Plum  [Director, Development & Innovation, The Global Health Initiative Henry Ford Health System, USA]
* Antonio Luiz Prieto Méndez  [Head of Communication and Press,Pontevedra’s City Council, Spain]
* Cath Prisk  [Global Partnerships Director, Project Dirt, UK]
* Stephanie Sanderson  [Consultant, World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA), UK]
* Sean Southey  [Chief Executive Officer, PCI Media Impact & Chair, IUCN Commission on Education and Communication (CEC), USA]
* Tan Suwanprik  [Local Coordinator for Achieving Low Carbon Growth in Cities Through Sustainable Urban System Management, Thailand]
* Adrian Voce  [President, European Network for Child Friendly Cities, Author of Policy for Play (Policy Press, 2015), UK]

> Salzburg Global Seminar
> More about Session 608

Photo © Sean Southey

In Residence | l’Institut français – Cité internationale des arts | France

Megumi Matsubara is in residence at Cité internationale des arts, Paris, France through three months, upon invitation by Institut Français, and in partnership with La Graineterie Centre d’art municipal de la Ville de Houilles.

> About Institut français programme of residence 2018

In Residence: FÈS

Megumi Matsubara is currently at a 3-month residency at Institut Français de Fès.
The residency will be followed by an exhibition at Le Musée Batha and Fès Medina as part of the 6th edition of Rencontres Internationales de la Photo de Fès in December 2012.

To download the Autumn 2012 programme of Institut Français de Fès:

Kime to Kehai: Texture and Sense

Assistant (Megumi Matsubara & Hiroi Ariyama) will participate in “Kime to Kehai: Textures”; a group exhibition combined with artist-in-residence at Aomori Contemporary Art Centre, Japan.

Our project explores the parts of architecture as exhibiting pieces. A few selected parts of the House of 33 Years, a residence under construction in Nara planned to complete in Autumn 2012, will be built and verified by us in the exhibition space. After the show, those parts will be transferred to the actual site and be assembled to the house they should belong to. The project raises a question “Which is moving; people or architecture?”

*Megumi Matsubara will be in attendance on site from mid July until the show opening, as well as around the date of the workshop scheduled on 26th August.

Texture and Sense

The Aomori Contemporary Art Centre (ACAC) has conducted Artist in Residence programs since its founding in 2001. The theme for the 2012 year is “storytelling”. Artists are storytellers who describe and convey the present world through their art activities and productions by interpreting contemporary society from myriad perspectives and offering previously unforeseen values or posing challenging questions. Pieces are created clearly and logically, but sometimes a story world hides behind each piece, containing poetic beauty and completely novel ideas which transcend logic, which would otherwise remain incomprehensible by looking a piece’s structure alone.

In this exhibition, “Texture and Sense”, we focus on each piece’s subtleties, its story world in the backdrop. “Touch” suggests the intricate surface designs and patterns and corresponds with the word “texture” in English. The word “texture” holds many meanings; it can mean anything from “structure” and “composition” to “touch” or “feel” or “features”. The words of well-known 20th-century architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, “God is in the details,” tell of a strong awareness towards the most detailed textures.

Throughout the exhibitions, we hope you will sense the quiet story which dwells in the details of each of our artists’ pieces.

Anni Leppälä
Assistant [ MATSUBARA Megumi + ARIYAMA Hiroi ]
HOKI Nobuya

July 28 (Sat) – September 17 (Mon), 2012 10:00-18:00
Open every day during exhibition period / Admission free

■ Opening Event
Artist Talk by the Artists
July 28 (Sat), 2012 14:30-16:00 / Free
Aomori Contemporary Art Centre Lounge

■Related Events

Anni Leppälä 
◎Lecture “Mystery of the visible”
Anni will discuss the state of photography in Finland in addition to introducing her own work.
August 12 (Sun), 2012 14:30-16:00 / Free
Aomori Contemporary Art Centre Lounge

Makoto Nomura
◎Concert & Talk “Nomura Makoto / John Cage”
Nomura will hold a piano concert to commemorate the 100th birthday of the late John Cage.
September 5 (Wed), 2012
Doors open: 19:00 / Start: 19:30
◎Concert & Talk “Concert of Farm”
This is an original piano concert in which Nomura will present his own work in a space created especially by him.
September 8 (Sat) & 9 (Sun), 2012 Doors open: 14:00 / Start: 14:30 / Free
◎Concert & Talk “Piano of Vegetable”
It’s the concert made by the encounter of vegetables and piano. Final concert by the artist.
Capacity: 30 people (Applications accepted by order of arrival)
Aomori Contemporary Art Centre Gallery B

Hoki Nobuya
◎Lecture & Workshop
“Lines and Borders”
After listening to Nobuya Hoki speak about his works and his pursuit of the distinct methods of drawing that characterize his work, we will experience his techniques for ourselves. 
August 19 (Sun), 2012 13:00-16:00 / Free
Eligibility: Junior high school students or above
Capacity: 20 people (Reservations required / Applications accept by order of arrival)
Aomori Contemporary Art Centre Workshop Studio

Assistant [ Megumi Matsubara + Hiroi Ariyama ]
◎Gallery Tour & Workshop
In this workshop, we will experience Assistant’s exhibition space and pavilion while enjoying their work and the ACAC’s architecture.
August 26 (Sun), 2012 14:30-16:30 / Free
Eligibility: Open to anyone
Capacity: 15 people (Reservations required / Applications accept by order of arrival)
Aomori Contemporary Art Centre Gallery A

Gallery Tour

In this tour, an ACAC staff member will navigate you through the exhibitions so that you can experience each one to the fullest.
August 18 (Sat), 2012 / September 2 (Sun), 2012 14:30-15:30
Reservations not required
Aomori Contemporary Art Centre Exhibition Hall

Creator-in-residence at SSD

Assistant (Megumi Matsubara & Hiroi Ariyama) is invited as a guest creator for Sendai School of Design’s Creator-in-Residence. The program aims at site-specific production by artists/architects/designers, combined with workshops together with the students of the school.

Our project is to build Ghost House, a part of House of 33 Years and homage to Philip Johnson and his Glass House. Our Ghost House is given the same name and proportion as the folly that stands in Philip Johnson’s house which was originally built as an homage to Frank Ghery in 1984.

More info:

*Megumi Matsubara will be in attendance for one week in early July.

Residency & Show: Aomori Contemporary Art Centre

Assistant (Megumi Matsubara & Hiroi Ariyama) is invited to develop a new architecture piece at Aomori Contemporary Art Centre, Japan, during Spring/Summer 2012. The artist-in-residence will be followed by an exhibition. The program focuses on a combination of residency program and the show, exploring the quality of ever-evolving dynamics in creating a new work.

Participating Artists:
– Nobuya Hoki (Painter, Kyoto)
– Makoto Nomura (Composer/Pianist, Kyoto)
– Assistant (Architecture unit, Tokyo/Morocco)
– Anni Leppa”la” (Photographer, Finland)

Residency invitation period: 15 May – 21 Sep, 2012
Exhibition period: 28 Jul – 21 Sep, 2012

*Megumi Matsubara will be in attendance in July/August.