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Mashiko Museum Residency Program Open Call 2023




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 , Craft / Applied arts



Mashiko Museum Residency Program

Application period Dec. 20, 2022 (Tue.) - Jan. 31, 2023 (Tue.)
Description Mashiko Museum Residency Program began at Mashiko Museum of Ceramic Art in May 2014. It is an artist residency enterprise for inviting exceptional potters and such to stay and work in Mashiko, with the aim of furthering exchanges between foreign artists and the town.
The purpose is to develop relations with local citizens and potters who reside in and around Mashiko, thus advancing and raising the level of local artistic culture. We welcome motivated artists with an interest in the pottery town Mashiko.

For the first time since COVID-19 hit back in 2020, we accept applications from all over the world, without limiting to the domestic residents. Two periods are available, in early summer or in autumn and we have changed some contitions. Please read through the application details carefully. We are looking forward to your application.
Residency location Mashiko Arts & Crafts Residence
Residency period Approximately 45 - 60 days during the following period A or B.

Period A: May 24 - July 26, 2023
Period B: September 27 - December 9, 2023
Qualification (1) A few positions are available to potters of any age or nationality.
(2) Minimum of conversational level Japanese and/or English
(3) Ability to secure living expenses for the period of stay
(4) Good health
(5) Ability to meet the following conditions:
1. The presentation of a slide lecture, a workshop, open studios at least once a week for students and or the general public, events of cultural exchange with the town residents, school visitations, a courtecy call on the Mayor of Mashiko Town, etc.
2. Hold a result exhibition of the work created during the residency, for at least 3 days, before leaving the Museum and attend the exhibition. Bring a representative work of yours and including it in the exhibits. The Artist-in-residence is responsible for finishing the handling of all pieces created during the residency, before leaving the Museum.
3. Agree that the Museum records the Artst’s activities and artpieces created during the residency, by the photographs and movies, and the record will be published on the Museum’s official social accounts, related websites and/or printed materials, etc.
4. Submit an essay to the Museum on the result of the activities upon completion of the residency (no requirement in terms of format).
Pay by artists / Support for artists [Content of Support]
- Airfare (travel expenses)*
- Room during the period of stay
- Free rental of the studio at Mashiko Museum of Ceramic Art as the hub for work
- Project fee* (such as cost of materials and fuel)
* indicates limitations of support. See other page/below for details.

- The transportation cost for the materials needed, food cost, honorarium, and other living expenses will not be provided by the Museum.
- The maximum limit for the project fee is 100,000 yen. The acquisition of the goods will be taken care of by the office.
- As a general rule, the Artist must not allow her/his friends or acquaintances to stay at the residence.
- We ask your understanding and cooperation for our countermeasure against the spread of infectious diseases.
- Please understand that the residency program may be canceled on the grounds of the social situation and/or the organizers.

For the Artist residing in Japan:
- We will reimburse up to 100,000 yen of the travel expenses for the Artist-in-residence. (a round -trip ticket between your residence in Japan and the Museum / economy class only)
* The Artist must make arrangements for her/his own travel (flight tickets, train tickets, etc.), and submit the receipt to the Museum. During the residency, the office staff will reimburse the Artist.
* The Museum staff will pick up and drop off the Artist at either Ibaraki Airport or Utsunomiya Station.

For the Artist coming from overseas:
- We will reimburse up to 150,000 yen of the airfare for the Artist-in-residence (economy class only).
* The Artist must make arrangements for her/his own airfare, and submit the receipt to the Museum. During the residency, the office staff will calculate and reimburse the Artist in Japanese Yen, according to the exchange rate on the date of purchase.
* The museum staff will pick up and drop off the Artist at either Narita/Haneda Airport or Utsunomiya Station.
- The Artist must purchase an overseas travel insurance that covers not only the accident, but also the infectious diseases, for the duration of the residency. The Artist must apply for the insurance on her/his own, and send in a copy of the paperwork as proof at least one month prior to the start of the residency.
Selection process [How to Apply]
Please fill the application form* and submit images of your original work (works should be from the past 3 years. There should be 10 photos, either digital data or printed photos)**. Please do not send any materials which need to be returned. The submitted materials will not be returned.

Application must arrive by 17:00 (JST), January 31, 2023.

*We will not accept any application forms other than we provide on our website
Application form must be typed or clear hand-written, and filled in to fit in the designated box of each item.
Incomplete application will not be reviewed.
Be sure to include your email address where we can reach you to inform the screening result.

** If submitted by email, files (application form, images of your original work) up to 10MB can be attached to an email. The data more than 10MB can be sent separately in several emails or all at once by file transfer service.

[Screening Method]
Applications will be reviewed by the museum, and we will contact all the applicants afterwards (tentative: end of March 2023).
*Any inquiries for screening process will not be answered.
Contact [Mashiko Museum of Ceramic Art]
3021 Mashiko, Mashiko-machi, Haga-gun, Tochigi-ken, 321-4217 JAPAN