Residency Opportunity in Sapporo and Tokachi, Japan (for artists in ASEAN countries)

S-AIR Frontier Artist-in-Residence Programme Autumn 2014
FRONTIER [Japan – ASEAN countries]


Call for Applications
NPO S-AIR is offering a residency opportunity in Sapporo and Tokachi, Hokkaido, Japan, to one artist from ASEAN countries.

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 staying in Sapporo as well as in Tokachi, east Hokkaido, in partnership with T-AIR, and 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 is required to give a workshop in Tokachi, and then give a lecture and hold an exhibition in Sapporo as a result of the residency.
The successful candidatewill 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 81 participants in total from 33 countries and regions over the period of 15 years (by June 2014).

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


Conditions and Requirements

Term of the Residency:
60 day residency between 3rd October – 3rd December 2014 to be arranged with S-AIR

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

Applicants must neither hold Japanese nationality nor reside in Japan, and they must be a national of the following ASEAN countries: Indonesia, Cambodia, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, Brunei, Vietnam, Malaysia, Myanmar, Laos.

The successful candidate must be able to exercise a degree of autonomy and self-reliance and have desire and ability to communicate and interact with local citizens in English or in Japanese.
It is compulsory for the successful candidate to seek opportunities to share their experience (in a form of exhibition, lecture, media publicity etc) on their return to home country (or elsewhere outside Japan) as stated above, which should be reported to S-AIR.

Travel Arrangements, Visa and Insurance:
The successful candidate is responsible for their own travel arrangements, visa and insurance in advance. Please contact your local office of the Embassy or ConsulateGeneral of Japan for details.

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

You are required to arrange travel insurance, which must cover the entire stay including journey to Sapporo, and to send a copy of the certificate to S-AIR prior to your journey.

Our support includes:

  • Travel costs (up to 170,000 yen) in exchange with receipts and boarding passes
  • Material Fees (up to 150,000 yen in total) in exchange with receipts
    30,000 yen for the workshop in Tokachi; 120,000 for the exhibition in Sapporo)
  • Daily allowance (3,500 yen)
  • Accommodation: a rented single room with small working space with an 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)


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 links:

Application Guide
Application Form (pdf)
Application Form (word)

Include [ASEAN: YOUR NAME] in the subject line, make sure you Do NOT include any attachment in the email, and send your application folder in either of the following methods:
–  share your application folder via google drive or dropbox
–  send your application folder via online storage services such as or

Email the links to your application package to:


Deadline: Wednesday 23rd July 2014 at 8am (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



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


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