Up to 3 months
Paid by artist 

Travel, living and production expenses.

Application guidelines 

Please complete the following online application forms. You will be asked to upload the data (personal ID, portfolio, etc) there. After sending the online application form, applicants will receive an automatic response indicating reception of the online forms. If you do not receive it, please contact the organisers.


Sapporo Tenjinyama Art Studio

Sapporo Tenjinyama Art Studio


Tenjinyama art studio Sapporo provides ongoing self-funded residencies for any amount of time up to 3 months as well as occasional thematic residencies that are detailed at the time of open call. The residency houses 13 studio apartments, versatile larger spaces, as well as a gallery space on the ground floor. Local residents as well as international artists and residents from a wide range of creative backgrounds can make use of this unique public space. This provides a forum for local engagement as well as an open dialogue between the artists and the community. It is an initiative from the Sapporo Municipal Government. Tenjin-yama Art Studios offers ongoing residencies which are funded by the artist and provide them with a studio apartment, use of all the public facilities and a wealth of local knowledge from the staff. The ongoing residencies are open to any individual or group in any creative field who need access to activity in Sapporo, a space to research or produce work from, or a base from which to explore Hokkaido for creative means. Residencies that offer financial support to artists are detailed at the time of open calls.


For the ongoing residencies, there is no mandatory outcome, but public activity in any form is actively encouraged and welcomed. The outcome for any specific open call programs will be specified in the application guidelines.

Accommodation Information 

Studio apartments are available twenty-four hours a day to facilitate artist-in-residence programs and other residency opportunities related to art production and research. The building, which is located in the middle of Tenjin-yama Park and faces a Japanese garden, provides a tranquil haven in the city. Only basic equipment and facilities to support artistic productions are available. Participants/residents are responsible for bringing their own specific tools and equipment. No service for bed linens and sheets. Food and cleaning services are also unavailable. (Convenience stores and supermarkets are nearby.) Smoking is not allowed in any studio.

Studio Information 

Tenjinyama Art Studios off three different sizes of studio apartments:

  • Studio A, is a small studio is suitable for research and writing with your own laptop. Total 6 studios Size: 19.0㎡(204.51ft²).
  • Studio B, The studio is a duplex and two different working spaces are available: one has polyvinyl chloride tiles and the other has carpet. Because of the size, up to a group of three may work together. Total 6 studios Size: 53.0㎡(570.49ft²).
  • Studio C, The studio is a duplex and two different working spaces are available: one has polyvinyl chloride tiles and the other has carpet. The size allows up to a group of four to work together. Total 1 studio Size: 73.0㎡(785.77ft²).

Includes also multipurpose studios, suitable for arts productions, meetings, conferences, and theatre practices. These multipurpose studios are open to everybody who wishes to exchange his/her work and ideas.

Technical Information 

Equipment available for free hire (reservation required); video projector,  portable screens, portable free-standing mirrors, workshop tables, audio facilities (microphones, a CD player, radios, portable blackboard, portable whiteboard. Needs to be reserved in advance.


Tenjinyama art studio is situated on top of a park in the southern part of Sapporo city. Sapporo is a relaxed city with an increasing thriving art scene. It is also a gateway to access some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world that can be found in Hokkaido, Japan.

(Inside Tenjin-yama park) 1-80,
2-17 Hiragishi, Toyohira-ku

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