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Artist-in-Residence Program “TOUCH!TOKONAME”




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 , Film / Video , Others



Artist-in-Residence Program “TOUCH!TOKONAME”

Application period Dec. 10, 2023 (Sun.) - Jan. 26, 2024 (Fri.)
Description Artist-in-Residence program “TOUCH!TOKONAME” provides a studio and residence to artists from Japan and abroad to conduct fieldwork and artistic activities in Tokoname city with the cooperation of citizens and local artists. At the end of their stay in Tokoname, the artists will hold an exhibition and share with the public what they have gained through their stay in Tokoname.
The purpose of this program is to provide artists with opportunities to make use of the experiences they gain through their stay in Tokoname for their future activities. Another purpose of this program is for citizens and local artists of Tokoname to find new values and possibilities through interacting with artists in this program.

Tokoname is one of the cities in Chita peninsula in Aichi prefecture, Japan. Tokoname has good access to transportation by train and air. The Central Japan International Airport "Centrair" is located in the city and it takes about 30 minutes from the Nagoya station. Also, Tokoname is one of the most famous pottery towns in Japan, continuing production of ceramics for more than one thousand years. Tokoname was selected as one of the exhibition sites of Aichi Triennale 2022.
We hope that you will experience the atmosphere of this town with your own eyes, enjoy interacting with people, and express what you feel in this town in your own way.
Residency location Guesthouses in the city
Residency period From Thursday, September 12 to Thursday, October 31, 2024 (50 days)
Qualification + Applicants must be individuals or groups of artists who are currently active in various fields such as visual arts, crafts, architecture, and design. Mixed media artists are also acceptable.
+ must be able to stay in Tokoname city for the entire period. (traveling during the residency is acceptable.)
+ Submit a report on the residency in the prescribed format (English or Japanese) within one month after the end of the residency.
+ The applicant must behave in a sensible manner in the local community during the period of stay, and must be able to interact with other artists and local residents in a friendly manner.
+ Be able to communicate in English or Japanese.
+ Must be under 60 years of age at the time of application.
+ Participate in the following programs during their stay in Tokoname.
- Visit to city hall, welcome party, city tour: September 13 - September 16, 2024
- Homestay: September 21 - September 23, 2024 (2 nights, 3 days)
- Open studio: September 28 - September 29, 2024 (1 day)
- School visit program: October 15 - October 18, 2024 (1 day or more)
- Exhibition, farewell party: October 19 - October 27, 2024
*Please refer to the "Application Guidelines" for more details.
Pay by artists / Support for artists - stipend (including meals), production expenses, and shipping: A total of 300,000 yen will be provided.
- Travel and transportation allowance: Up to 50,000 yen will be provided.
- Accommodation: Free of charge at designated guesthouses in the city.
- Production location:Konya no Minaho(backside of 3-200 Okujo, Tokoname , Aichi, Japan)
- Main exhibition site:cafe TSUNEZUNE (2F, 7-164 Sakaemachi, Tokoname , Aichi, Japan)
*If you wish to exhibit your work outside of the main exhibition site (including outdoor exhibition), please consult with the organizer.
- Rental Bycicle
- support for living and artistic activities
Selection process Please submit the three documents(A-C) via the application form.
Deadline: Tuesday, January 26, 2024, 23:59 (Japan time)
A)Application Form (google account is necessary)
B)Curriculum Vitae(CV)(free format)
C)Portfolio(Images of past works (10 files or less, each file should be up to 5 MB) and descriptions of the works)
**google account is required to submit the application form. If you do not have a google account, please download the Word file of A) from the "Application Guidelines", and send it to with attachment of A) B) C).
Selection will be made by four guest judges after preliminary screening by a panel of citizen judges.
Final Selected applicants will be notified by email by Monday, March 25, 2024.
Contact Special commemorative project for the 70th anniversary of Tokoname City Artist-in-Residence Program “TOUCH! TOKONAME” management office
Person in charge: KATAOKA Asami