Sapporo Tenjinyama Art Studio 2019-2020

Sapporo Tenjinyama Art Studio 2019-2020

Sapporo Tenjinyama Art Studio is organizing international open call Artists in Residence project “s(k)now” with the project keywords: Winter, Snow, and the Subarctic. All applicants go to the selection process, after the result they are going to invite one artist (one group of artists) into “Exhibition Program” and “Artist-in-School Program” for each. In their encounters with culture in Sapporo and Hokkaido as well as exchange with locals, artists are invited to develop and explore their ideas through work based on the project keywords Winter, Snow, and the Subarctic. They will assist participants in mastering a plan, research and production during the residency. In this year, they are organizing Exhibition Program, Artist-in-School Program and Exchange Program with Kwangju, Republic of Korea and Taidong, Taiwan within 2019-2020 s(k)now project supported by Agency for Cultural Affairs Government of Japan.

For the Artists in Residence 2019-2020 s(k)now of Sapporo Tenjinyama Art Studio, the two invited artists should transform their ideas/project proposals on the keywords: Snow, Winter, and the Subarctic into the actual projects. Together with the creative minds of artists, together with process of those artists’ activities and the result of stay, the organizers want to encourage a great experiment toward seeing beyond boundaries.

Exhibition Program: Number of artists: 1 (people or groups)

  • Create an exhibition presenting the research they conducted over the 60-day residency period.

Artist-in-School program: Number of artists: 1 (person or a group)

  • The Artist-in-School program is operating within Japanese elementary schools. Participants are required to use a classroom as a studio for 2 weeks to create a project. By the end of the residency program, artists will provide a final presentation (in any format). Note: About Artist-in-School (for Community Program) - Recently in Japan, it is quite common to find the classrooms in elementary and junior high schools, built extra-large during the high-growth economy, nearly empty due to low birth rates. The Artist-in-School program saw this ‘gap’ as a new site for artist-in-residence initiatives, so that artists could make use of empty classrooms as working studios in operational public elementary schools for a period of time. In addition, artists engage with the school community through their activities, including school children, teachers, parents as well as local people.

Selected artist(s) will be provided with:

  • An invitation letter from the City of Sapporo
  • Studio B rent (including bedding and heating expenses)
  • Necessary coordination for research and production
  • Travel cost (actual cost of 1 return trip from the country of residence to Sapporo, max. 150,000 JPY)
  • Living expenses (for meals, daily life and research) 300,000 JPY / 60 days
  • Actual cost of presentation expenses upto 100,000 JPY.
  • Personal dialogue with Selection Committee
  • Arrangement of translation volunteers, coordination with institutions and organizations.

Applicants must:

  • Be non-Japanese, additionally be non-citizen in Japan
  • Be able to speak and understand either English or Japanese in order to communicate with staff, other artists and the local community.
  • Be able to participate in the full residency program over the 60-day period.
  • Be able to understand and follow the objective of the AIR program, and conduct their activities autonomously during their stay.
  • Have experience in or demonstrate a strong interest in the field of media arts.
  • Have graduated from university (minimum level: bachelor).
  • Preferably, not have previously participated in an AIR program in Japan.
  • Be able to follow the regulations of the facility.

Applicants are invited to complete the online entry form and upload the required documents, with deadline 8 September 2019. After submitting the application, an automatic confirmation will be sent to the provided e-mail address. If you do not receive the confirmation, please contact us at: application [AT]