Creative Residency Program

We are running a pilot for a Creative Residency Program (CRP) program to discover emerging talent in the Web3 space and shape what a meta-hub can be in Tokyo.

We are transforming our hotel into an innovation hub to support artists and developers who work with web3 technologies. The space will also showcase approaches to bridging the digital to the physical world.

Throughout the renovation period happening over the next year, we are inviting creators to dream of the future with us.

“What is a metaverse hub?”

“What is the ideal incubator facility to support innovative new work?”

“How can we experience the metaverse in a direct and immersive way?”

We are running both in-person and virtual arts residencies to explore the redesign of our building and its digital twin. The design brief invites creators to ideate on how to approach our 8 key spaces:

  1. NFT Museum / Digital Gallery
  2. Cafe / Bar
  3. Secret VIP Lounge
  4. Accommodation

5. Creator Labs, (public and private)
6. Music Studio
7. Immersive Spaces (VR, Smart Gym, Sensory Immersion Tank, etc.)
8. Pop-up Market Alley / Modular Retail Space

The Deliverables

  • Daily post on social media
  • Capture the story of your experience 
  • Propose a design and/or product line for one of the 8 spaces, which addresses both the physical and virtual build
  • Create an NFT based on this concept to be minted through WEN Tokyo, with one being added to the WEN Tokyo collection
  • Community AMA at the beginning and end of your residency
  • Interview on WEN podcast
  • Submit work for display in WEN gallery

What you will receive

  • Accommodation
  • Food stipend
  • Access to the WEN Studios equipment
  • Creative mentorship through the WEN Tokyo creative council
  • Travel expenses to Japan* 
    *travel only covered for those accepted into the community award / career development program

We are offering 5 places for the in-person residency, with the creators being housed in the existing hotel, pre-renovation. Visit Tokyo, engage with the local tech/art scene, and bring your passion and mastery to the WEN Tokyo project. Shape the formation of Japan’s first meta hub.

14 day sprint

– Take care of your own travel logistics to Tokyo

– We cover the rest

– Stipend ¥100,000

30 day residency

– Take care of your own travel logistics to Tokyo

– We cover the rest

– Stipend ¥200,000

60 – 90 day community award / career development program?

– We cover travel & the rest

– Stipend ¥50,000/week


1st round: ‘World builders’

A creative who excels at dreaming up new environments and story settings through mediums such as architectural visualization, set building, interior decorating, environment art, game level design, and interactive installations.


These works will solve the design problem of how one space can exist in both the physical and virtual with the content being used to populate the ‘digital twin’ for our building in Gotanda, Tokyo.


2nd round onwards: We are looking to provide creative space for creators innovating in the following fields:


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Apply Now

  •  VR/AR/XR
  • Filmmaking
  • Sound Design
  • Lighting Design
  • Geospatial Mapping
  • Creative Coding
  • Generative Art
  • Web Dev
  • App Dev / DApp Dev
  • Blockchain Dev
  • Creative Coding
  • Generative Art
  • Web Dev
  • App Dev / DApp Dev
  • Blockchain Dev
  • Data Viz
  • Arch Viz
  • SFX
  • AI/ML
  • Game Design
  • Environment Art
  • Level Design
  • 3D Modeling
  • Character Art
  • Rigging & Animation
  • Avatar Building
  • Metaverse Building
  • Interaction Design
  • Circuit Bending
  • iOT
  • Robotics
  • Industrial Design
  • Set Building
  • Artists using traditional mediums who are interested in porting their work to a digital form and/or interfacing with the metaverse


Beginning Jan 2023


Stay in Gotanda, Tokyo
Work in Gotanda and Roppongi, Tokyo