Move arts Japan 


Program Concept

With the aim of introducing Japan’s artist-in-residence programs, the non-profit artistic organization Command N launched the portal site “Move Arts Japan” in 2012. To date, 37 organizations are registered to the site, which remains the only non-governmental online source for Japanese residency information. As its concept, Move Arts Japan proposes a “tourism model” of AIR program, wherein one artist can experience several sequential residencies throughout Japan. 
				Through this year’s project, Move Arts Japan will be made bilingual, opening the site to a more global audience. At the same time, efforts will be made to collaborate with multiple information organizations with the goal of realizing a tourism-model AIR program, the results of which will serve as a new example both within Japan and abroad. 
				Facilitating exchanges between the curators and artists of AIR organizations in Japan and abroad, the project attempts to strengthen the capabilities of a hub through which local-level residence programs are more easily accessible to artists from outside Japan. Culminating the program, a symposium involving the Japanese AIR organizations and artists invited to the program will be held at 3331 Arts Chiyoda (Tokyo), connecting each participating locality and promoting the potential of the tourism-model AIR program. 
				With this project as a stepping stone, the continued implementation of ongoing cooperative exchange programs with overseas AIR organizations may be achieved, thus creating a foothold for overseas production opportunities for Japanese artists and promoting international exchange through artist-in-residence programs.

Program summary

This year, 4 artists from abroad will be invited to experience a two week residency in one of three localities: Akita (ZERODATE), Sapporo, Hokkaido (Sapporo Tenjinyama Art Studio), or Fukuoka (Studio KURA), each ending in a two week residency and symposium at 3331 Arts Chiyoda in Tokyo. Participating curators from residencies in each of Vietnam, Brazil, Australia will nominate an artist from their country. The fourth artist will be selected via a worldwide open call.

Open call applicants may indicate their preference for one of the following

Residency Part1 / Period : November 1 -15, 2016

Residency Part2 / Period : November 15-30, 2016

Research stipulations

Participants will begin a new work or research while in Japan and present the finished work or one part of a work-in-progress at the symposium (tentative date November 25, 2016) in a presentation format.

Support towards artists

・Flight to Japan, travel within Japan
				・Accommodation, workspace and per dium 
				・Artwork production +Support towards the costs of research (100,000 JPY)
				・Coordination/interpretation support (Event translation, consultation)
				・Opportunity to presentation research/work at the end of residency
				・Opportunities to interact with Japanese artists and community at a local level

Artist perquisites

・Able to participate in residency starting from November 1 and ending on November 30, 2016
				・Able to make a presentation or performance for the symposium (tentative date November 25, 2016)
				・Experience in carrying out art projects and collaborating with local communities
				・Demonstrated high quality of artwork or artist activity and experience participating in residencies and large-scale projects
				・In addition to independent artwork production, experience planning art events, etc.
				・Within the four week residency in Japan, can spend 15 days with a participating residence program in one of ZERODATE (Akita), Sapporo Tenjinyama Art studio (Hokkaido) or Studio Kura (Fukuoka) and carry out research in response that travel and that locality.  (Each residency will end with a two week residency with 3331 Arts Chiyoda)
				・Able to submit a reflective writing piece of approximately 1500 words in English by November 28, 2016 as part of the program

Conditions of participation

・Reside outside of Japan and be a citizen of a country other than Japan
				・Be able to speak either English or Japanese at a conversational level
				・Be in good health for intensive travel
				・Have access to the equipment necessary to participate in a remote interview (i.e. a computer capable of connecting to the internet and using Skype)

Application procedure

Fill out the application from with these below additional documents ;
				・Reference letter (recommendation from curator, professor, director or prominent artist)
				・Reference materials describing the research/artwork to be created as part of this program. It is preferable that applicants submit documents which make it possible to understand plans for the research/artwork in detail.
				・Proof of age and citizenship (e.g. a photocopy of your passport)
				・Website from which representative works can be viewed or other reference materials about previous work.
				・To complete the application process, please send the above materials via email attachments not bigger than 5MB to: info(at)

Application Form


Selection results