Where should I look to find a studio for my artwork?

Angelo

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ARTIST SPACE. Hi, I am a painter (oil) looking for a working space on Okinawa (Chatan area would be ideal). Any tips? Thanks
 
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This really depends on what your needs as an artist are.

Are you looking for an empty studio that you can quietly slip away in order to paint and store your canvases?

Or, do you want a commercial location with foot traffic for people to come and see or buy your works?

Either way, Goohome is a great place to start.

The way that you'd utilize the site depends on how you answer the first two questions. Let the page translate and loom under "borrow" for both.

If you just want a studio that is cheap and you don't expect much, if any, foot traffic, "Apartment" should be fine. I would just sort by price and then look for something that is within your range. However, if you want to do something commercially, "Store office" is what you would want to pick.

Goohome Okinawa home and office rentals


Either option you choose, you'll get a map of Okinawa to narrow down your search.

Chatan housing and office rentals

And then narrow down the area even more by expanding this box and selecting "Chatan".

Narrow down your search for Chatan housing and office space

These links should save you the trouble and link you directly to what you want to see:
Apartments and mansions in Chatan - Sorted by the cheapest price first.
Storefronts and office space in Chatan - Sorted by the cheapest price first.

If it's an apartment and you will be having foot traffic, be upfront and honest with the realtor and explain what you plan to do in the space. We held a very high-traffic business in our apartment and made the owner aware of our business. They ended up not having a problem with it, but did want to charge us an extra 7000 yen per month.

Some things that you won't find listed on that site are co-op spaces. This is a fairly new concept, at least that I've seen advertised openly. A co-op would give you a private area that you could at least paint in as well as shared spaces where you could set up times for viewings if the co-op scheduling permits. Though, the space is very limited with this and might make you feel like you're boxed in, whereas you can get an apartment that is four times the size for twice as much money.
 

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