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LONGSTAY Program 2020-21




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




Application period Nov. 25, 2020 (Wed.) - Jan. 8, 2021 (Fri.)
Description Detailed information and application form:

Every year, PARADISE AIR has held the LONGSTAY Program under various themes and with different application requirements. In the 9th edition of the program, importance is not only placed on the time artists spend in Matsudo. Attention will also be given to the artists’ impressions of Matsudo in the time margin before and after their arrival.

Seeking to make connections between resident artists and the generous and receptive culture of Matsudo that sustains PARADISE AIR, we are waiting with the doors to artists’ rooms wide open—even if traveling to Matsudo becomes difficult in practice.

This program is open to applicants based in Japan and overseas. We welcome applications from people currently residing in Japan. In addition, the outcome of the residency can take tangible or intangible form. Applications are widely accepted not only from artists but also from curators, researchers and other practitioners in related fields. Please apply with your ideas by January 8th.

[Updated on Dec. 10] This residency program is held combining an e-Residence (online) and a residence (in Matsudo).
Selected artists may conduct online research and research/production in Matsudo as a series of their projects. Resident rooms will be kept for those even if they are unable to arrive in Japan during the residence term due to COVID-19 status.
Residency location PARADISE AIR
Residency period 2021
Jan. – Mar.     Selection period
Feb. 3 (Tue)    Selected finalists contacted individually (They will be asked for a video letter)
Feb. 19 (Fri)  【1】Deadline for submitting video letter
Mar. 16 (Tue)    Announcement of selected artists on the website
Mar. 20 (Sat)  【2】Online event
April – May  【3】e-Residence
May 29 (Sat)  【4】Online event (Presentation of activities during the e-Residence)
Aug. – Nov.  【5】Residence
          We are waiting for you with the room open.
          A residency of up to 90 days is possible during this period.
          *90 days includes the quarantine period of 1 14 days set by the Japanese government (not applicable to residents of Japan)
Qualification - Enjoy engaging in dialogue with the town
- Currently living and working as an artist (pursuing creative activities and research as an artist, and able to hold lectures and symposiums related to their practice for their peers)
- Be willing and able to engage in genuine cultural exchange with regional artists and local residents during the term of residency
- Be in good physical and mental health
- Be able to participate in programs【1-4】outlined above
- Be able to positively manage program 【5】 above in accordance with travel and immigration conditions
- Have flexibility regarding program scheduling, rules, and administration.
- Be able to conduct everyday life in Japanese and/or English
Pay by artists / Support for artists Selected artists may conduct online research and research/production in Matsudo below as a series of their projects. *The numbers correspond to the numbers in the ‘Residency period.’

【1 and 2】Selection/Presentation of Proposals
- Production costs of video letter: ¥30,000 per group (limited to finalists, payable only via Paypal, inclusive of handling fees)
- Organization of online symposium (only selected artists)

【3 and 4】e-Residence(April-May 2021)
- Assistance with research relating to proposals
- Support to realize online exchanges with citizens
- Organization of online symposium
- Costs associated with publicity

【5】Residence(maximum of 90 days between Aug.-Nov. 2021)
- Accommodation (PARADISE AIR)
- Transportation for one round trip from the artist’s place of residence to Matsudo (while transportation for artists living in Japan is not limited to one round trip, a maximum limit applies for total transportation costs)
- ¥200,000 for production costs per group (payable in cash or via Paypal only, inclusive of handling fees)
- Costs associated with equipment and transportation of artwork
- Arrangement of venues for the presentation of work and coordination of events
- Local support for daily life and production of work
- Costs associated with publicity
Selection process - A committee of local residents and external judges will determine the best applicant from the submitted materials.
   About the selection jury:
- Those who pass the first screening will be contacted individually by February 3rd.
- For the second screening (final judgement), we will also ask you to submit a video letter (max. 2 minutes) introducing yourself and your proposal.
   Deadline for submitting video letters: February 19th
   Videos can be made using a smartphone. Emphasis is given to the content of proposals rather than video quality
   All video letters will be made public on the PARADISE AIR website following the result of selections.
   Support for production costs of video letters will be provided to all finalists
- Finalists will be notified individually of the selection results by the end of February.
- Selection results will be made public on the PARADISE AIR website on March 2.
Contact Please refer to the links below before contacting us.
Matsudo Information:
Frequently Asked Questions:

If you would like to make an inquiry, feel free to contact us. Please note that we are unable to respond to any inquiries regarding the selection process.

Contact Form:
Detailed opencall info and application form:
An Idea Unraveling Time

While considering the contents of the LONGSTAY Program 2020-21, I read the book “Philosophy of Decomposition”* by Tatsushi Fujihara (agricultural history researcher, Associate Professor at the Institute for Research in Humanities, Kyoto University) after a friend recommended it to me. In Chapter 6, “Aesthetics of Repair: Mend, Unravel, Perform,” I learned there is a theory about the Kanji character for “time” (時: pronounced “toki” in Japanese) that suggests it is a mutation of the character signifying “unravel” (解く: pronounced “toku”). This is the notion that time is not something that accumulates in intervals shared between “I” and “you.” Rather, time unravels when “I” think about “you,” leading to the occurrence of time.

Attempting to be conscious of “unraveling time” was an idea I thought would be enjoyable for this LONGSTAY Program, so I shared it here. We may or may not meet in person between August and November 2021. While at present it is difficult to make promises to realize actions, PARADISE AIR will be leaving its schedule and rooms open, and we might as well listen to music** while we wait.

Mei Miyauchi

*In the confusion caused by the coronavirus pandemic, this book has provided us at PARADISE AIR with clues about how to grasp the time and place in which we coexist with you. Since only a Japanese version has been published, we welcome those applying to expand their imaginations without reading the book.