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Open Call: International AIR 2022-2023 by Sapporo Tenjinyama Art Studio Sapporo / JAPAN

Sapporo Tenjinyama Art Studio
Period of activity
Duration of residency
50 days
Date for applying
Type of organisation
Number of artists resident at one time
Brief description of residency program
Sapporo Tenjinyama Art Studio is accepting applications for participation in its 50-day AIR program.
This AIR program aims to support art collectives/groups creating and exhibiting new artworks/projects taking Sapporo/ Hokkaido as a starting point for various types of research; for example, learning folk knowledge, field research, or engaging with local people. 

Program theme
The roads stretch on the snow.
Sapporo is a snowy city. When it snows, boundary lines that had been previously visible, disappear. After the snow, the sidewalk I walk on is covered in white, and mysterious lines appear that may be a shortcut made by someone or a detour taken while searching for something. The paths on the snow seem randomly drawn but they actually hold an anonymous logic like that of a rambling curiosity – as if artists left the signs of their research in a certain place.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, we realized the power of natural, social, and historical boundaries as well as national and regional borders drawn by governments. In particular, social boundaries arose that led people to have less dealings with strangers. 2022 is the third year since the outbreak of the pandemic and I would like to blur the divisions and divides that inevitably happened to all of us, using artists’ overwhelming power of curiosity – like snow that falls and obliterates all boundaries.
Artistic research, local communities, and the creative activities of artists moving to a certain place for a certain period of time shall leave these footprints. Even if we fail again this year, the snow will still return when winter comes again.

* Please submit through an online application form.

1) Personal information of two of the collective (1. artists who have nationalities other than Japanese and live outside Japan, 2. artists with Japanese nationality)

2) Introduction/brief profile of the collective including all names of the member with the field of the activity and URL of the portfolio website for each.

3) Proposal plan of research/project in Hokkaido and Sapporo during your stay

Motivation for participating in this program

Outline of research and production activities

Methods to record/share the activity



Applicant must:

1) Being a collective/group that includes both of the following

  1. Artists who have nationalities other than Japanese and live outside Japan
  2. Artists who have Japanese nationality

 * Up to 3 people can stay at SAPPORO TENJINYAMA ART STUDIO during the same period.

         * It is possible to create a temporary collective/group for this open call.

2) Be able to communicate in either English or Japanese with staff, fellow artists, and the local community.

3) Be able to concentrate on their research and the program activities for the full period of 50 days.

4) Be able to plan an exhibition for a month after the AIR period.

5) Be able to understand and follow the aim of the International open call AIR program and proceed with their autonomous activities during their stay.

6) Be able to record their own activities during their stay.

7) There are no restrictions on age or gender. When applicants are students, a postgraduate level is required.


Selected artists must:

1) Be able to cooperate for the program and the public relations during the program period.

2) Be able to cooperate with the research archive during the period.

3) Be able to participate in events in the local communities such as exchange programs and artist talks.

4) Present their result as an exhibition in about a month’s time after the AIR period.

5) Manage one’s own physical and mental health and prevent the spread of novel coronavirus infection.


1) Any expenses exceeding the support must be covered by the art collective/group.

2) Artists from countries that have not entered into a tax treaty with Japan, or a country with which Japan has concluded the tax treaty but where income is taxable, may be liable for income tax on the sum provided to support their activities and transportation.

3) There is no limit to the number of people in the collective/group. However, the amount of support is only provided per collective/group. Please be aware that a maximum of 3 people can stay at SAPPORO TENJINYAMA ART STUDIO at any one time.

4) Artists are responsible for any unforeseen circumstances such as accidents or illnesses during their stay. We strongly advise taking travel insurance.

5) The content of the project may change due to unforeseen circumstances such as an escalation of coronavirus infections, natural disasters, and so on.


Provided for the artists:

1) Letter of invitation from Sapporo city

2) Traveling assistance for artists who have nationalities other than Japanese and live outside Japan

3) Up to 250,000 yen budget for travel from oversea (only for artists who have nationalities other than Japanese and live outside Japan) per collective/group

4) Up to 100,000 yen budget for travel from Japan(only for artists with Japanese nationality) per collective/group

5) 500,000 yen budget for living expenses during the program period per collective/group

6) 200,000 budget for production and research activities (various expenses such as materials and transportation) per collective/group

7) Budget to hold the exhibition * It isn’t provided directly to the collective/group, but will be managed by the organizers.

8) Interactive coaching from the selection committee

9) Coordinating work including interpretation and translation during the program period

10) Technical assistant for realizing the exhibition

11) Specialized advice to manage one’s own physical and mental health and prevent the spread of novel coronavirus infection