Sapporo Tenjinyama art studio residence program

sapporoArtists and creators are invited to participate in working at Sapporo Tenjinyama Art Studio. November 27th Friday, 2015.

Guidelines for Application

Overview of Sapporo Tenjinyama Art Studio: Sapporo Tenjinyama Art Studio is an artist in residence program and facility  which opened in summer 2014 in Sapporo city. Tenjinyama art studio is a quiet environment where surrounded by nature, 13 studio apartments, exhibition space and studios which is open for anyone to rent. The building is also open to people who are visiting the park to take a break. The atrium lounge on the ground floor is a communal area where anyone can drop in freely and artists participating in the program can communicate with local people on a daily basis through various events, artist presentations and open-to-the-public projects. For more information, please visit the website.

About the open call to the residence program 2016: Sapporo is an unusual city where there are as many as 2 million residents living in a cold, snowy area which makes it one of the world’s more unique cities. The winter in Sapporo is very snowy and residents are live in an environment which is totally different from the summer. Skills to cope with the heavy snow have been developed through dealing with the problems snow removal and snow damage. Urbanization was driven by the Sapporo Winter Olympics in 1972. Developments include road heating, underground passages and transportation infrastructure, winter entertainment including sports and snow festivals, as well as all sorts of creative activities to vitalize the city.


Artists are invited to develop their ideas through work based on three key words: Winter, Snow, a City.

The program offers a working environment for artists in winter and we hope that it leads to an experimental and creative community experience. We look forward to receiving applications from artists and creators.

Application guidelines

Program theme:  “Winter, Snow, a City”

Sapporo Tenjinyama Art Studio
Tenjinyama green zone, Hiragishi 2-jo 17-chome 1-80, Toyohira-ku, Sapporo, 062-0932

Length of stay at the studio: Up to 6 weeks from January 19th Tuesday to February 28th Sunday, 2016.

* Artists are required to stay at the studio during the project period between January 31st Sunday and 21stFebruary Sunday.

Number of artists: 3

Requirement: A proposal of your project idea based on the program themes, a plan for how you might exhibit your work and a proposal for a  workshop program.


  • Any nationality, place of residence, age (you must be at least 18 years old when you start the residence), sex or gender.
  • Applicants must have experience of a previous artist in residence program. (Students arenot eligible)
  •  * Acceptable areas are fine art, music, craft, theater, dance, literary arts, photography, film and design.
  • Selected artists must understand the aim of the resident program and report their results at the end of the program (the form of the report presentation will be decided upon following discussion).
  • Selected artists are expected to participate in events and activities organized at Tenjinyama Art Studio.
  • Selected artists are responsible for producing work, exhibiting and taking down the exhibition.
  • Selected artists must be able to support themselves throughout their stay.
  • Selected artists must abide by the regulations of the facility.
  • Selected artists must attend the opening event and the event for result report.
  • You must be able to communicate with the other selected artists in English.

The following support is given to artists participating in the program.

  • Studio rent and heating expenses.
  • 200,000 JP/YEN (there is no extra support i.e. travel to Japan, food. )
  • Arrangement of volunteer support and cooperation with related organizations.
  • Press materials and interaction with local art communities.
  • Documentation materials which Tenjinyama Art Studio has produced (photos and videos).


  • Accommodation studio A or B; one room per person (open 24-hours). Please visit the website to view photos of the room. Artists must follow the regulations regarding the use of the rooms.
  • Other facilities in the building: Common areas on the ground floor / exhibition space /multi purpose studio.

* Common areas are open to public. Artists are required to consult with members of staff in advance regarding usage of this space.


  • Any expenses exceeding 200,000 JP/YEN must be covered by the artist.
  • Facilities in the building except for allocated studios cannot be occupied.
  • * When using areas outside the residence studio, consult with members of staff to arrange the time and discuss the usage in advance.
  • Overseas residents who need a passport and visa to enter Japan must take responsibility  for obtaining the correct documentation.
  • Artists from countries which have not concluded a tax treaty or a country which Japan has concluded the tax treaty with but where income is taxable may be liable for income tax on the sum provided to support their activities and transportation.


Deadline: November 27th Friday, 2015. Applications must be received by this date.

How to apply: Please complete the following application forms and submit either via e-mail or post. (Please upload to a web server if your application file is large and mention the link to download, or use a high volume file transfer service.)

Required documents:

Application form; Application A, B, C.
Passport photo taken in the last year (attach to the application form)
Portfolio (up to 10 images of your work) A4 size / data which can be shown to public
* Portfolio data up to 20MB via email or up to 10 pages via post.

Other relevant information such as website or DVD (optional)
Overseas applicants must attach a copy of their passport ID page.

Where to send:

E-mail: application@tenjinyamastudio.jp  Title: “Application for an open call”

Post:  To: Open Call to Sapporo Tenjinyama Art Studio

(Tenjinyama green zone) Hiragishi 2-jo 17-chome 1-80, Toyohira-ku, Sapporo, 062-0932, JAPAN

Selection and notification: Sapporo Tenjinyama Art Studio and the committee will select artists based on the application forms and portfolios submitted. All applicants will be notified of the results by December 8th Tuesday 2015.




Open Call to Sapporo Tenjinyama Art Studio
Tel: +81-11-820-2140 (10:00-20:00: Tuesday to Sunday)
E-mail: air@tenjinyamastudio.jp
WEB: Sapporo Tenjinyama art studio residence program

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