Residency Opportunities in Tokachi: Urahoro and Nakasatsunai

[Revised on 11 June 2014] changes made are marked red

T-AIR (Tokachi Artist-in-Residence) is offering a 65-day residency opportunity to two artists in Tokachi district, east Hokkaido, Japan:
– one artist to stay in Urahoro town
– one artist to stay in Nakasatsunai Village

The district of Tokachi is located in east part of Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido, which has the second largest area as an island after Honshu. Since Tokachi has flourishing industries in agriculture, forestry and fishing, it is often considered as one of the main food production bases in the country. Tokachi’s success was made possible by both the local pioneers, who cultivated the land, as well as its rich natural surroundings.

One artist will stay in the town of Urahoro and the other in the village of Nakasatsunai. Both artists will have an opportunity to utilise Tokachi’s rich resources in their art production and/or workshop(s) during the residency.

About Tokachi Artist-in-Residence (T-AIR)

T-AIR will provide the successful candidate with the opportunity to learn about the local districts of Tokachi, Hokkaido, communicate and engage with the local community. This opportunity is open to artists who practice in any form of visual art but they must meet the requirements stated below.

The aim of this residency is to give artists opportunity to create artwork and foster emerging local talents, as well as to support engaging artists to local talents, all of which, in effect, would encourage local regeneration activities in the Tokachi district.

Our activities and objectives are:
1. To foster emerging artists and to nurture local talents with unique ideas by engaging them with the artists
2. To support art activities utilising the local industries and rescources such as food and landscape as well as engaging the locals with artists
3. Through the above activities (2) in and out of Tokachi District, to further friendly international relations and promote the activities

Residency Period

65 day residency from 23 Aug – 26 Oct 2014 (both locations)
Residency in Urahoro: one artist
Residency in Nakasatsunai: one artist

Areas of Practice: Visual Arts

Eligibility – who can apply?

Applicants must:
– be nationals of a country which are not required to obtain visa to enter Japan (see Travel Arrangement section below) – neither hold Japanese nationality nor reside in Japan
– be able to exercise a degree of autonomy and self-reliance
– have desire and ability to communicate and actively interact with local residents in English or in Japanese
– obtain travel insurance, which covers the entire residency period including the return journey
Candidates with a valid international driver’s licence are desirable as the visiting artist will have an access to a car.

Conditions and Requirements

(A) Residency in Urahoro

This opportunity is open to artists who are able to work utilising the local resources of Urahoro, and the requirements are:
1. to produce one or more art works to be installed around Rushin Hot Spring Resort site (which could also be permanent installation) and donate the work at the end of the residency
2. to initiate workshop for an elementary and junior high school student group (ages 6-15) as well as for an elderly group with support from elderly care taker(s) 3. to hold an open studio

(B) Residency in Nakasatsunai

This opportunity is open to artists who are able to work utilising the local resources of Nakasatsunai, and the requirements are:
1. to produce art work to be installed around Michinoeki (public road service) in Nakasatsunai and donate the work at the end of the residency
2. to initiate workshop for a student group with learning disability or physical disability (ages 15-18) with a help from teacher(s) 3. to hold an open studio


All fees will only be reimbursed in Japanese yen including travel fees and material fees in exchange with receipts (including boarding passes for flight fees). It is also strongly advised that the successful candidate should bring enough money to cover the initial expenses that could potentially occur.

Our support includes:
· International Flight Fees to Sapporo Chitose Airport (up to 170,000 yen)
Return flight ticket fees can only be reimbursed in exchange with the receipts and boarding tickets. Any receipt without the date of purchase, the amount of payment, or the name of the passenger will not be accepted. Our staff will pick you up at the airport and drive to the site. · Material Fees (up to 70,000 yen)
Urahoro: for the production of work to be installed around the hot spring site
Nakasatsunai: for the production of work to be installed at Michinoeki (public road side service), Nakasatsunai · Workshop Fees (up to 195,000 yen)
This can be also used as everyday expenses. Some materials and resources can be separately supplied for the workshop) · Accommodation with internet
Urahoro: Staff accommodation supplied by NPO Ordinary Servants Nakasatsunai: public housing for teachers in Nakasatsunai
· One on-site interpreter for each artist
to help communicate with others in English and Japanese and to introduce the artist to the local area and people · Studio (internet access available indoors, outdoors only on mobile) Urahoro: Facility owned by NPO Ordinary Servants
Nakasatsunai: Facility owned by Nakasatsunai Village Council · Mobile phone rental (excluding call credits)
· Access to a car for those with international license (petrol should be covered by the artist)

Travel Arrangements, Visa and Insurance

The successful candidate is required to arrange for their own return flights to Sapporo Chitose Airport as well as their own 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.

How to Apply

Download the application guideline and forms from the link below and send complete 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.

– Application guideline [revised]:
– Application form (PDF):
– Application form (Word):

Send an email with the link(s) to your downloadable application data to:

All materials should be provided in English. All the information provided in the application may be used for publicity and documentation in various form of media.

1. Complete Application Form (PDF or Word, A4)
2. Résumé/CV (PDF or Word, A4, one page only) 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 valid links to project websites and videos documenting the projects.
4. Portrait Picture (Jpeg, 500pix min)
 Photograph of yourself above shoulder Deadline for submission: 25 June 2014 at 8am (JST)

Please make sure you have read the guideline thoroughly. Late and incomplete applications will not be considered.

Final Selection

The selected artist is planned to be announced on 5 July 2014 at the following:
*If there will be any change to the announcement date, we will announce it beforehand on the same blog page.


Tokachi Artist-in-Residence (T-AIR)

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