BEPPU PROJECT is a non-profit organization in the art sector based in Beppu (Oita prefecture, Kyushu – South Japan), known as one of the world’s greatest hot spring areas.
Part of an international network, BEPPU PROJECT develops a new system on a local scale through the art and creativity.
Founded in April 2005, BEPPU PROJECT runs two large-scale events: an art triennale taking place in the city called the Beppu Contemporary Art Festival, ‘Mixed Bathing World’ (2009, 2012). The second is the “Kunisaki Art Project” (2012, 2014) which has been developed outside the city, in the extensive nearby natural region called Kunisaki.
Over the years, before reaching the climax of these two festivals, BEPPU PROJECT implemented an International Artist in Residence and other residence programs for creators to stimulate the artistic hub of Beppu city. In this way, BEPPU PROJECT has developed a constellation of artistic infrastructures spread all over the city. This physical presence in the city is a way to connect strongly with the community and to invite people to step into art, for example during “Beppu Art Month”, a time for everyone to express their own creativity. BEPPU PROJECT works also in the educational field, with the “Artist in Schools” program, to introduce diverse sensitivities into children’s lives from a young age.
In addition, BEPPU PROJECT is leading a major initiative during a period of societal change: in partnership with local shops and businesses, BEPPU PROJECT intervenes directly in the development of economic activity or reinvents such options by attracting new audiences, designing new products, creating new promotion ideas.
The aim of BEPPU PROJECT is the revitalization of the urban centre and rural areas and the development of the imagination, introducting, fostering and supporting artists and creativity.