SOAP is an artist-run space that was established by remodeling an old
Japanese two-storied high house in 1997. Since its inception, it has
organized solo and group exhibitions of Japanese and international artists
and has also worked on projects outside the gallery space, including
commercial spaces, cable television, internet, billboard and streets.
We hold experimental music events, film and video screening events and
In 2001, we organized a RE/MAP PROJECT, by artist-unit "SECOND
PLANET" and Yoshitaka Mori, in collaboration with not only artists,
but also with sociologist, musicians, architects, students and others
with various backgrounds. We plan to hold music events and sound sources
with our music label, "soap_land records", which we established
In 2005, we started an online project, ARTONLINE.JP, as a platform for
international collaborative contemporary art projects, which is still
SOAP has cafe and bar counter, Various discussions occur among the people
with drinking tea, beer and cocktail. Not only specialists but also
the general people participate freely. It is important that this space
is not to become the ghetto of the art people.
An old Japanese house, former Japanese cake factory, with white walls.
The highest part of the ceiling with a large beam is 5m. The space has
3walls that are 3.3 m high. Chairs, sofa and bed were all picked up
from the junk yard.
Others: bar counter, audio system for live performances, video projector,
1-8-23 2F Kajimachi, kokurakita-ku, kitakyushu 802-0004, Japan
Director: Keiichi Miyagawa
Assistant director: Gen Sasaki
Cafe: Momoko Ueno, Shinya Mouri