Move arts Japan “IN ACTION” OPENCALL AIR Program 2017

What is Move Arts Japan?

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, the only non-governmental online source for Japanese residency information. As its concept, Move Arts Japan proposes a “migration model” of AIR program, wherein one artist can experience several sequential residencies throughout Japan.

Feature of Move Arts Japan Artist-in-Residence Program 2017

What does “transformative artist-in-residence program” mean?

- Develop and form new perspectives and output methods of work through continuous traveling between several residencies within Japan. Therefore, it is desirable for applicants to set up detailed objectives in the applications.
- Compile comprehensive perspectives by documenting practices and writing journals every day during the residency period in Japan.
- Describe findings and future plans to others to receive feedback at the final exhibition and presentation at the end of this program.

The purpose of this program is to offer opportunities to develop and reconsider ways of expressing work, information as well as methods of communication. With that in mind, artists are asked to foster novel methods for expressing information, physical sensations and critical thinking during this Japanese residency program. The artists’ practices will thereby be transformed, potentially leading to productive and positive action, even after returning to their home countries.

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, an exhibition/final show and symposium will be held at 3331 Arts Chiyoda (Tokyo), connecting each participating locality and promoting the potential of the migration-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, 3 artists from abroad will be invited to experience a seven week residency in some localities in Japan, each ending in a three-week residency, presentation and exhibition at 3331 Arts Chiyoda in Tokyo. Participating curators from residencies in Korea and Taiwan will nominate an artist from their respective countries. The third artist will be selected via a worldwide open call.  

About artist-in-residence sites:

Participants are able to visit several Japanese artist-in-residence programs associated with Move Arts Japan. Please note that in order to determine final itineraries, participants and Move Arts Japan coordinators will discuss requested destinations and the accessibility of residences over Skype meetings and emails during September and October 2017.

For more details about Move Arts Japan partner artist-in-residences, please visit the special site (coming up soon).

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 Artist Talk event (tentative date December 17, 2017) and final presentation: exhibition format (tentative date December 12〜17, 2017).

Program Schedule

November 1st

  • Arrival Day

November 2nd

  • Orientation for resident artists

November 3rd – 30th

Participants travel between several Japanese artist-in-residence programs associated with Move Arts Japan.

Appendix: Sample residency  >>

December 1st – 22nd

All the participants get together at the artist-in-residence program AIR 3331 (3331 Arts Chiyoda, in Tokyo), to prepare for a final exhibition and presentation reflecting on their travel experiences.

  • AIR 3331 Opening
  • 12th Final presentation/exhibition
    17th Artist’s Talk
    22nd Departure Day

Support towards artists

  • Travel expenses including round-trip airfare and travel expenses on public transportation between the station nearest each residency within Japan (Move Arts Japan will make a reservation and purchase flight tickets to and within Japan). Flight to Japan, travel within Japan.
  • Accommodation, workspace
  • Per-diem (424,500 JPY) Total of daily expenses from November 1st to December 22nd.
  • Production costs (Maximum 60,000 JPY)
  • Research costs (Maximum 60,000 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


  • Able to participate in the program starting from November 1st and ending on December 22nd, 2017 (※Please note that it will not be acceptable for participants to arrive after the start date).
  • Able to make a presentation or performance for the artist talk (tentative date December 17th, 2017)
  • 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 seven-week residency in Japan, participants spend at least 27 days with some of Move Arts Japan partner residency program and carry out research in response to that voyage and that locality. (Each residency will end with a three-week residency at 3331 Arts Chiyoda)
  • Able to submit a reflective writing piece of approximately 1500 words in English by December 20th, 2017 as part of the program
  • Able to update a daily photo and a note on the Facebook page of Move Arts Japan during the residency periods.
  • All the receipts of items purchased toward art production and research should be submitted to the coordinator of 3331 Arts Chiyoda by December 21st, 2017. In return for the receipts, participants will be reimbursed for production and research costs (max 60,000 JPY each).

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

All of the following documents and information must be submitted by the deadline. Please note that applications passing the deadline or missing documents are not to be accepted.

  • 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 works.
  • To complete the application process, please send the above materials via email attachments not bigger than 5MB to: info(at)

Application has ended.

DEADLINE: August 17, 2018 12:00(JP Time)

Selection results

The final selected artists will be announced on the Move Arts Japan web site page on Early September 2017. Only those accepted to the program will be contacted.

Notification of Selection Results  >>


General Non-Profit Incorporated Artistic Organization Command N
Address: 6-11-14 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN, 101-0021, Move Arts Japan Team Office
Tel: +81(0)3-6803-2441 (Japanese)
*Please note that our office will be closed for Obon holidays, from August 11, 2017 until August 17, 2017.

Move Arts Japan
2017 project contact: info(at)


Bunkacho logoSupported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs Government of Japan in the fiscal 2017