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Aomori Contemporary Art Centre, Artist-in-Residence Program 2024 “SPINNING SCAPES”




Presentation(exhibition, performance, and open studio)Available

Grants and subsidies for travel expensesAvailable

Grants and other financial supports/ Support by coordinators and art professionalsAvailable

Art genresVisual arts/ Fine arts , Performing arts , Craft / Applied arts , Film / Video , Others



Aomori Contemporary Art Centre, Aomori Public University

Application period Mar. 1, 2024 (Fri.) - Apr. 28, 2024 (Sun.)
Description This open call for the Artist-In-Residence (AIR) program offers contemporary artists, curators, researchers and others who are involved in cultural and artistic endeavors the opportunity to practice preparing for exhibitions, performances, workshops, talks and other activities, with the full support of ACAC. Assistance is provided every step of the way, from the planning stage and research to installation, presentation and catalog archiving and distribution. Although holding an exhibition is not compulsory, participants are required to introduce their achievements through some form of Exchange Program in order to ensure their activities become widely recognized.

The length of stay is optional. Participants are asked to select the desired period of time in 2-week increments, from a minimum of one 2-week term (13nights, 14 days) to a maximum of six 2-week terms (83 nights, 84 days). It is recommended that applicants ensure that the activities they wish to achieve while making use of ACAC’s environment, correspond with the chosen period of residency. If participants request a two-term stay, adjustments may be made to change the residency period to a one-month stay of 30 nights, 31 days, but only if this is necessary due to grant requirements. Participation in this program is based on an in-person residency at ACAC, although remote participation will also be accepted for activities deemed as significant. This year, we are planning to specially invite one group or individual for meaningful activities during a short stay of one term.

The name of the program, which changes annually, is not a theme that defines the activities of participants, but rather a guidepost to reflect and update the “present situation” of the Artist-In-Residence program at ACAC. This year’s name, “SPINNING SCAPES,” combines “scape”, referring to the “landscape (of something)”, with the word “spinning”, which refers to something rapidly rotating or the act of spinning yarn. Natural and human-made disasters, including wars and earthquakes, can drastically change our everyday landscapes. Recently, in such situations, we have had cause to think about what we can accomplish in the world through “expression”. By having various artists from around the world gather at ACAC, their movements, which are completely different in terms of speed, methods, and trajectories, will involve local residents, students, and the surrounding environment, creating unprecedented “scapes”. And from there, we believe that each of us can start to explore new landscapes and begin thinking together about hints for surviving in such a world.

〇Guest Judge
Kondo Ryosuke
Art critic and curator. Born in Osaka, Japan in 1982, Ryosuke Kondo holds a B.A. from the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, University of London, and an M.A. from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Tokyo. After serving as a Fulbright visiting researcher at Harvard Graduate School of Design and an assistant professor at the University of Tokyo, he is currently an adjunct lecturer at Graduate School of Global Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts. He specializes in the aesthetics and history of landscape, and his work revolves around researching Japanese, British, and American art and gardens, aiming at understanding landscape as a living environment through both theoretical and practical pursuits. He is the editor and author of several books, including Looking at Tokyo’s Parks from the Perspective of Central Park (Tokyo Metropolitan Park Association, 2023), and produces contemporary art exhibitions, including Urban Sansui (kudan house, 2023).

〇Number of Participants
1) Applicants residing abroad who will stay and work at ACAC for one month (29 nights and 30 days) or longer, up to 6 terms (optional): 1 or 2
2) Residents of Japan who will stay and work at ACAC for one month (29 nights and 30 days) or longer, up to 6 terms (optional): 1 to 2
3) Applicants residing abroad or in Japan who will stay and work at ACAC for 2 weeks (13 nights and 14 days): 1

〇Details on Official web site

〇Reference: Same program last year (FY2023)

Design: HONJO Hirotaka
Photo: KONO Yurika
Residency location Aomori Contemporary Art Centre, Aomori Public University
Residency period The period of stay at the ACAC must be chosen from the following terms between October 2 (Wed) and December 24 (Tue), 2024. You must select at one and up to six terms.

1. October 2 (Wed)―October 15 (Tue)
2. October 16 (Wed)―October 29 (Tue)
3. October 30 (Wed)―November 12 (Tue)
4. November 13 (Wed)―November 26 (Tue)
5. November 27 (Wed)―December 10 (Tue)
6. November 11 (Wed)―December 24 (Tue)
Qualification a)Individuals or groups engaged in artistic pursuits, including curators, researchers, artists, or otherwise. (Hereafter referred to as “the artist” regardless of background or genre.)
b)The artist should understand the purpose of his or her visit to the ACAC and be able to stay or participate during the period for which they are invited.
*Remote participation will be allowed if the organizer deems it necessary.
c)Artists who choose not to exhibit will instead participate in exchange programs, including artist talks, lectures, performances, workshops, and school visits.
d)The artist should be able to explain their artwork and give lectures or workshops in English or Japanese as part of the exchange program.
e)The artist should be in good health.
f)The artist should be able to speak and understand basic English daily conversation.
g)The artist should be independent and capable of working and living on their own.
h)The artist will work with the ACAC in the setup and breakdown of exhibits and events.
i)The artist should be able to participate in a community lifestyle with other artists on the program. (Please consult in advance if support is needed for living.)
Pay by artists / Support for artists ・Travel expenses: A one-time round trip economy class air ticket from the international airport which is nearest to the Artist’s home to Aomori airport (or flight fare + railway fare to Aomori).
A railway fare to Aomori (one time round trip) from the train station nearest to the Artist's residence. the amount payable is up to 150,000JPY, for domestic travel it is up to 70,000JPY.
・Artist in Residence Production Expenses: 40,000 JPY per term
・If an ARTIST holding an exhibition also organizes a separate exchange program, ACAC will provide 50,000 yen for exhibition-related event expenses.
・Living Expenses: ACAC will provide living costs according to the Aomori public university’s regulations for the artist. (upper limit is 70 days’ worth) The full amount of living expenses is 225,720JPY. For one term: 46,200JPY
・ ACAC will provide the artist with residential facilities and studio in ACAC during the program period.
・The artist is covered by injury insurance and sickness insurance for the duration of the residency. Any past illness, chronic diseases and dental treatment are not covered.
・ACAC will produce a Program Catalogue and present 20 copies of the catalogue to the artist
Selection process Based on submitted materials, artists will be selected by the ACAC curatorial team and guest judge Kondo Ryosuke.
The applicants will be informed of the final decision by email from mid to late June.
Contact For particulars or requests about the materials please inquire at Aomori Contemporary Art Centre by E-mail.
atten: AIR 2024
*Please note that we are unable to respond by telephone.