Residency Opportunity at S-AIR (Jan – Mar 2014)

[The call for this opportunity is now closed. Please see the results here. ]

S-AIR -FRONTIER- Programme Winter 2013/14

Call for Applications
NPO S-AIR is offering one place for a residency opportunity in Sapporo, Japan.

S-AIR will provide the successful candidate with the opportunity to learn about Japan, communicate with Japanese artists and local community, and to establish networks and dialogues between local and international artists. This is an opportunity for artists who work in visual arts.

The successful candidate will be expected to produce new works and will be encouraged to experiment in their own field. A collaborative work or project within the community is desirable. The artist will be asked to give either a lecture or a workshop as well as to have an exhibition or presentation during the residency as a result of the residency, this may be a solo show or a group show.

The successful candidate will also be required 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 (or elsewhere outside Japan)– this could mean an exhibition, a series of presentations or artists talks, or publication of articles, which have to be reported to S-AIR.

About S-AIR

S-AIR was established in 1999 with partial funding by The Agency for Cultural Affairs, to run an artist-in-residence programme in Sapporo, Japan. Since it was approved to be a non-profit organisation in 2004, S-AIR started a 10-year 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. In 2011, S-AIR initiated a new programme, FRONTIER, which is supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs. In April 2013, S-AIR has moved its office to central Sapporo, and so far has hosted 77 participants in total from 32 countries and regions over the period of 12 years (until March 2013).

Conditions and Requirements

Term of the Residency:
75 day residency between 8th January – 31st March 2014 to be arranged with S-AIR (Exhibition period: End of February – Beginning of March)

Areas of Practice:
All kinds of discipline within the context of visual art

Travel and material fees can only be reimbursed in Japanese Yen after arrival in Japan in exchange with receipts and boarding passes (showing the date of purchase, amount of payment, travel itinerary and name of the passenger). Participants are strongly advised to bring enough money to cover the initial spending ideally for the first month.

Our support includes:
– Travel costs (up to 170,000 yen)
– Material Fees (up to 100,000 yen)
– Daily allowance (3,500 yen)
– Accommodation: a rented single room with internet connection (Please bring your own laptop as no computer will be provided)
– Free pay-as-you-go mobile phone rental (call credits are not included)
– Utility bills (water, gas and electricity)
[Note] Studio will not be supplied for this opportunity. The successful candidate will be asked to use their apartment as their main working space.

• Eligibility
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 candidate is responsible for their own travel arrangements, visa and insurance in advance.
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. Résumé/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 (Jpeg, 500pix min)
 Photograph of yourself above shoulder

How to Apply

Download Application Form and Guideline, which are available in PDF and Word format, from the following link:

Application Guide:
Application Forms: (PDF file) (Word file)

Include YOUR NAME in the subject line and send your data through online storage services such as or DO NOT SEND THE DATA DIRECTLY, just send LINKS to the server where your data is stored.

Please fill in the following two pages and email the link(s) to your application data:

Deadline: Monday 9th December 2013 at 10am (JST)
Applications should be submitted online NO LATER THAN the above date and time. Please make sure that you follow the guideline as only complete applications will be considered.

Selection Schedule

• Deadline for submission: Monday 9th December 2012 at 10am (JST)
• Selection by the S-AIR FRONTIER Selection Committee: 11th December 2012
• Final Selection and Announcement on S-AIR Blog on 13th December 2012 at:


3F-A, North 6 East 2-2-10, Higashi-ku, Sapporo, 060-0906 JAPAN

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