Up to 3 months
Paid by host:

Sapporo Tenjinyama Art Studio provides:

  • Letter of invitation from SAPPORO TENJINYAMA ART STUDIO
  • Coordination including interpretation and translation during the program period
  • 60 days studio & accommodations budget, up to 150,000 yen
  • 300,000 yen budget for 60 days living and activity expenses
  • 100,000 yen budget for a part of the production
  • Presentation at the end result budget, up to 100,000 yen
  • Interactive coaching from the selection committee
  • Technical assistant for realizing artworks/projects
  • Specialized advice to manage own physical and mental health and prevent the spread of novel coronavirus infection
Paid by artist:

Travel, living and production expenses.

Application guidelines:

Please submit through an online application form.

  1. Personal information.
  2. Artistic activities. (cv, portfolio and website URL)
  3. Proposal plan of your research, art work and project theme where Hokkaido and Sapporo are the landing points/temporary destinations of your movement.
  • Proposal outline and motivation to participate in the program
  • Methods to record/share the activity
  • Form, direction and image of the end result
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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.

The first activity of Sapporo Tenjinyama Art Studio that appeared in the public realm in May 2014 included the Artist in residence (hereafter AIR), and it coincided with the Sapporo International Art Festival held in the same city. Since its seminal year, Sapporo Tenjinyama Art Studio has delivered the AIR program with a stipend for international artists working in the field of visual art. This AIR program only happens in wintertime and is arranged by the program director and by AIS Planning - a general incorporated association that manages the facilities of Sapporo Tenjinyama Art Studio. In 2021, in accordance with measures to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, AIR is accepting remote participation (online residency) where the physical presence of the overseas artists is not required. The program will move to the period between the end of summer and the autumn.

Applicants must:

  • Have a nationality other than Japanese and live in a country other than Japan. (Foreign artists living in Japan and Japanese artists living overseas are not eligible.)
  • Be able to communicate in either English or Japanese with a staff, colleague artists and the local community.
  • Be able to concentrate on their research and the program activities for the full period of 60 days.
  • Be able to understand and follow the aim of the International open call program and proceed with their autonomous activities during their stay.
  • The copyright of the work plan and project produced during the residence belongs to the artist.

The participating artistʼs previous material (portfolio collection of works etc.) profile and submitted pictures will be open to the public as project archives and can be used for Studio and City of Sapporo publicity in the media printed matter and the website. The record of the residence program such as pictures and videos can be used for publicity as well.

  • Preferably not have previously participated in an AIR program in Japan.
  • There are no restrictions on age or gender. When applicants are students, postgraduate level is required.

Program format: Through this AIR opportunity, the invited artists will research Sapporo/Hokkaido in collaboration with SAPPORO TENJINYAMA ART STUDIO, culminating in new works/projects. Depending on the progress of the works/projects, the end results will be presented in either Sapporo or Hokkaido during the final stage of the program.


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.

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.

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.

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.


The base city of artist’s activities, the country of artist’s residence within the permitted range of movement. Some virtual places in Sapporo Tenjinyama Art Studio, and Hokkaido (art spaces, AIR and an artist’s studio ) at the remote online residency

Contact information

(Inside Tenjin-yama park) 1-80,
2-17 Hiragishi, Toyohira-ku
Sapporo, 01

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