Call for submissions! S-AIR Residency Programme -FRONTIER- 2013

Residency Opportunity for international artists – calling for sumissions!
60 day programme between early June – mid Aug 2013 (Exact dates to be arranged with S-AIR)

About S-AIR
S-AIR was established in 1999 partially funded by The Agency for Cultural Affairs to run an artist-in-residence programme in Sapporo, Japan. Since registered as a non-profit organisation in 2004, S-AIR started a collaborative residency project with ICC, in which we have been building networks with Japanese and international artists as well as art institutions in Japan and overseas. S-AIR has hosted 77 artists in total from 32 countries and regions over the period of 13 years (as of March 2013).

Call for Applications
NPO S-AIR is offering an opportunity to one artist for a residency up to 60 day in Sapporo, Japan.

S-AIR will provide the successful candidate with the opportunity to learn about Sapporo, Hokkaido and Japan, communicate with local artists and community, and to establish networks and dialogues between Japanese and international artists. Artists who practice in any form of visual and fine art are welcome to apply for this position as long as they meet the requirements stated below.

The candidate will be expected to produce new works experimenting in their own field and present their work in a group exhibition, Travelling Art, opening on 3 Aug ending on 1 Nov 2013 at Sapporo 500m Gallery (Please read the separate document about the exhibition and the requirements). A collaborative work or project within the community is desirable. The visiting artist will also be required to give either a lecture or a workshop during the residency and to provide reports of their residency to S-AIR at the end of their residency and to seek opportunities to share their experience on their return to home country – this could mean an exhibition, a series of presentations or artists talks, or publication of articles, which have to be reported to S-AIR.

Conditions and Requirements

Term of the Residency (Autumn Period)
A period of 60 days between early June – mid Aug 2013 (Exact dates to be arranged with S-AIR)

Areas of Practice
Any practise in the field of fine art or contemporary art, but you must be able to present an art work that meet the requirements and guideline of the Travelling Art exhibition at Sapporo 500m Gallery. Please read the attached project brief for the exhibition for the details.

Our support includes:
– Travel costs (up to 170,000 yen)
The travel costs will only be provided in exchange with the receipts and the boarding passes. Any receipt without the date of purchase, the amount of payment, or the name of the passenger will not be accepted.
– Material Fees (up to 100,000 yen)
Material fees will only be provided in Japanese yen and in exchange with the receipts. The participants are strongly advised to bring enough money to cover the initial expected spending ideally for the first month.
– Per diem (3,500 yen)
– Accommodation: a rented private single room, which can also be used as a working space as there is no studio space provided
– Free pay-as-you-go mobile phone rental (call credits are not included) and free mobile wifi access
– Utility bills (water, gas and electricity)
NOTE: Neither a studio space nor a computer will be provided on this programme. It is strongly advised that you bring your own laptop.

Applicants must neither hold Japanese nationality nor reside in Japan, and are able to exercise a degree of autonomy and self-reliance. The successful candidate must have desire and ability to communicate and interact with local citizens in English or in Japanese.

Travel Arrangements, Visa and Insurance
The successful candidates are required to arrange for their own return journey to Sapporo, visa and insurance in advance. Those who require visa or those without travel insurance are not eligible for this opportunity. To find out whether your country have visa exemption arrangements with Japan, go to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan website.

What Should Be Included in Your Application?
All materials should be provided in English. All the information provided in the application may be used to promote and document the programme, which may be accessible to the public and shown in print and online.

1. Complete Application Form (PDF or Word, A4)
2. Resume/CV (PDF or Word, A4)
including a list of exhibitions and educational background
3. Project Portfolio/Documentation (PDF, A4, no more than 6 pages)
A PDF portfolio/documentation including 5 major works or projects that you have produced or initiated with some descriptions and images. You may include links to project websites and videos documenting the projects.
4. Portrait Picture (Jpeg, 500pix min)
Photograph of yourself above shoulder

How to Apply
Please send the completed application through online storage services such as or
Do not attach any data in your email but include the links to the server where your data is stored.

Download Application Pack (Zip File)
Application Pack can be downloaded from the link above, which includes:
– Application forms (word and pdf files)
– Application guideline (pdf file)
– Sapporo 500m Gallery ‘Travelling Art’ exhibition project brief with gallery regulations and floor plan (pdf file)

Deadline for Submission: Monday 13 May 2013 (10:00am JST)
Make sure you have read the guideline thoroughly. Late and incomplete applications will not be considered.

Please send the completed application through online storage services such or . Do not attach any data in your email but include the links to the server where your data is stored.

Email the link(s) from which your application data can be downloaded to:

Final Selection
Final Selection and Announcement on S-AIR Blog ( Friday 17 May 2013

Please contact us below for any questions and enquiries:

3F-A, North 6 East 2-2-10, Higashi-ku, Sapporo, 060-0906 JAPAN
*We moved our office to the above address in April 2013.
Telephone line to be opened soon

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