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Posted by: Sapporo Tenjinyama Art Studio
Deadline: Tue, September 8th, 2020

Sapporo Tenjinyama Art Studio

2019-2020 s(k)now
Application Guideline


Summary of s(k)now project 


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 of it we 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. We will assist participants in mastering a plan, research and production during the residency. In this year, we 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, we are expecting incidental encounters among those artists. We look forward to receiving enthusiastic applications from artists and creators.


This Artists in residence Project is hosted by City of Sapporo, and Sapporo Tenjinyama Art 

Studio/AIS Planning. Supported by Agency for Cultural Affairs Government of Japan


 Project Keywords: Winter, Snow, and the Subarctic

Sapporo is one of the world’s more unique cities of its size, as its 2 million residents live in cold, snowy conditions for a good portion of the year. In Sapporo City Hall one finds a snow safety station, which symbolizes the central importance of snowy life in this urban city. Urbanization was driven by the Sapporo Winter Olympics in 1972. Developments include remarkable snow removal operations, road heating, underground passages and transportation infrastructure; winter entertainment includes sports and snow festivals, as well as daily routines in society. Over time, these winter features grew in importance. Experience generated diverse forms of knowledge and creative activity to energize the city, which appears to coexist with nature. 


When you look at Sapporo and Hokkaido within the context of Japan, this area deep in the north boasts a very special natural environment, lifestyle and history. At the same time, when you look at the place without emphasizing national borders, geographically this area belongs to the subarctic region of the globe. In this context, the life of people in Sapporo and Hokkaido are the southern reaches of a long line of subarctic culture. 


For the Artists in Residence 2019-2020 s(k)now of Sapporo Tenjinyama Art Studio, we hope two invited artists to transform their ideas/project proposals of 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, we want to encourage a great experiment toward seeing beyond boundaries. 


1) Exhibition Program 

Number of artists: 1 (people or groups)

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


2) Artist-in-School program 

Number of artists: 1 (person or a group)

Participate in the Artist-in-School program operating within Japanese elementary schools. Participants are required to use a classroom as a studio about for 2 weeks in the project period/ 60 days. 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.  



Deadline: Sunday, September 8, 2019 (closed at 23:59 Japan Standard Time) 

Selection Results: Sunday, September 29, 2019

Residency Period: Tuesday, January 7, 2020 – Friday, March 6, 2020 (60 days)
*Please note that the studio building will be closed during winter holidays from December 29 to January 3. We will consult with the artist(s) about where to stay during the holidays.

Final presentation (TBC): Friday, February 28, 2020 – Sunday, March 1, 2020
*The format and the dates of the final presentation are flexible. The artist(s) shall determine the best way of preparing their final presentation through consultation with the AIR Director. 


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.

Support for one artist (or group of artists) 

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.



・Accommodation studio B; one room per person or a group (open 24 hours).

・Other facilities in the building: Common areas on the ground floor / exhibition space / multi purpose rental studio.

・Common areas are open to the public. Artists are required to consult with members of staff in advance regarding usage of this space.



Selected artist(s) must:

Sign the agreement according to the terms set by the City of Sapporo;

Be able to participate in events and activities organized at the studio;

Cooperate in terms of communication, documentation and archival activities during the residency period;

Participate in events including a talk session to connect the artist(s) with the local community;


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

Overseas residents who need a visa to enter Japan are responsible for obtaining the correct documentation.

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.

Family and partner are acceptable (maximum 3 people), however the amount of support is only provided for the invited artist.


How to apply 

Applicants are invited to complete the online entry form and upload required documents as indicated below. 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]

Applications which arrive after the deadline will not be accepted.

Any application materials which are damaged or illegible are not subject to be considered in some cases.

Submitted data will not be returned.

Deadline: Sunday, September 8, 2019 (closed at 23:59 Japan Standard Time) 


Entry Form:


Required Documents:

Personal info,

CV and Portfolio,

Motivation for joining the program

Project Proposal

Personal ID

Portrait Photo

Selection and Selection Committees

Sapporo Tenjinyama Art Studio and the committee will select artists based on the application forms and portfolios submitted. During the selection, interviews may be conducted. All applicants will be notified the results by Sunday, September 29, 2019.

A selection committee consisting of internationally recognized artists and the director of Sapporo Tenjinyama Art Studio will carefully review and evaluate applicants.


Selection Committee: 

SHIMABUKU, Artist <>
Takayuki Yamamoto, Artist <>

Soichiro Mihara, Artist <>

Mami Odai, Sapporo Tenjinyama Art Studio’s AIR Director <>



Sapporo Tenjinyama Art Studio Open Call
Tel: +81-11-820-2140 

Tuesday to Sunday 10:00-20:00 (Japan Standard Time)

E-mail: application [AT] 


Posted on Mon, July 22nd, 2019
Expires on Tue, September 8th, 2020

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