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SAPPORO TENJINYAMA ART STUDIO – International Open Call 2021, swimming in AIR (remote online residency)

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Event History

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, we have 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.

What Makes this event different?

Up until now the International Open Call AIR Program has supported artists whose aim was to base new works/projects on ideas arrived at through research in the Sapporo / Hokkaido area. Artists would travel from one place to another, experiencing chance encounters with the unknown and sensing the strange aura of the place that promotes a positive effect on their work. This motivation of each artist is supported and encouraged by the opportunities provided by AIR programs. Artists meet a variety of people and go to diverse places and events, giving them a new perspective with which to question themselves. Depending on each artist’s disposition, they find a unique route to negotiate these journeys and meetings, like the way water increases its degree of purity through many filtering processes. In imagining such a mechanism for the AIR program, I fancied it would provide the artists with a grand tour of the region of Sapporo /Hokkaido which contains such unique charm and nuanced atmospheres. This is the basic concept of the AIR program. The invited artists will research Sapporo and Hokkaido, and enjoy dialogues with other artists, directors, coordinators and people in Sapporo. At the end of the program period, the resulting presentation will be disseminated through a format in keeping with the content of the artists’ works/projects such as exhibition, talk, workshop, publishing, owned media, performative presentation, etc. AIR program at SAPPORO TENJINYAMA ART STUDIO isn't just for artists. Sapporo/Hokkaido is where the invited artists implement their field research and where their singular visions can thrive. The region provides us with the opportunity to think together and learn in such a way to frame our lived experience of the localities. By viewing and discovering the local area together, we come to recognize ourselves fundamentally in relation to the richness and joy of the region. More than that, being involved in the growing process of one artist experiencing Sapporo/Hokkaido, gives us a sense of satisfaction, as it is like appearing in one’s own personal story. "One good turn deserves another" - It seems that by virtue of just living here, whether as an artist or local person, we are actually profiting.

■Number of artists: 2 (people or groups)

artists who are mainly in visual arts field

◼︎ Program schedule

60days / Augst 31 (Tue), 2021 to October 29  (Fri), 2021

AIR end result presentation (planned period): October 16 (Sat) to 24 (Sun), 2021

 *Depending on the content of the artwork/project, the most suitable format will be chosen for presenting the final result and this presentation is organized in SAPPORO TENJINYAMA ART STUDIO or in an online format. When the exhibition format is chosen, it is possible to extend the presentation period.

◼︎ Eligibility

Applicants must:

1)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.)

2) Be able to communicate in either English or Japanese with a staff, colleague artists and the local community.

3) Be able to concentrate on their research and the program activities for the full period of 60 days.

4) Be able to understand and follow the aim of the International open call program and proceed with their autonomous activities during their stay.

5) 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.

6) Preferably not have previously participated in an AIR program in Japan.

7) There are no restrictions on age or gender. When applicants are students, postgraduate level is required.


◼︎Provided for the artists

1 ) Letter of invitation from SAPPORO TENJINYAMA ART STUDIO

2 ) Coordination including interpretation and translation during the program period

3 ) 300,000 yen budget for 60 days living and activity

4 ) 100,000 yen budget for a part of the production

5 ) Presentation at the end result budget, up to 100,000 yen

6 ) Interactive coaching from the selection committee

7 ) Technical assistant for realizing artworks/projects

8 ) Specialized advice to manage own physical and mental health and prevent the spread of novel coronavirus infection

◼︎ Place of activity:

The base city of artist's activities, the country of artist's residence within the permitted range of movement

Some virtual places in Sapporo City and Hokkaido (art spaces, AIR and an artist's studio ) at  the remote online residency

◼︎ Requirements:

Selected artists must:

1)Be able to cooperate for the program and public relation of AIR during the invited period.

2)Be able to cooperate for the research archive during the period.

3)Be able to participate in events in the local communities such as exchange programs and artist talks.

4)Present their result in some kind of format, for instance as an exhibition, by the end of the program.

5 )  Be aware of health and mental condition of yourself against COVID-19.

◼︎ Note:

1) Any expenses exceeding the support must be covered by the artist.

2) Artists from countries which have not concluded a tax treaty or a country with which Japan has concluded the tax treaty but where income is taxable may be liable for income tax on the sum provided to support their activities and transportation.

3) It is possible to apply as a group, however the amount of support is only provided for a single artist.


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