Visual Arts, Photography/Media Arts, Sculpture, Print
Residency Period / Application Period
● Residency Period (2015) :
Oct.-Dec. (3 months, 1 artists)
Dec. (3 weeks, 1 curator, Research Resident)
Feb.-Mar. (2 months, 2 artists)
● Application Period:
Oct.-Dec. (3 months, 1 artists), Dec. (3 weeks, 1 curator, Research Resident) , Feb.-Mar. (2 months, 2 artists)
Number of Resident Artists
Four artists primarily from overseas (overseas residencies for Japanese artists also available. Japanese artist participation in Japan is subject to consultation. Please enquire)
Conditions / Provisions
To have English language skills sufficient for daily conversation
To be motivated to exchange with the local community through workshops and lectures
● Traveling expense: Available
● Production fee: Available
● Living expense: Available
* The amounts provided will depend on the type of residency
● Professional and staff support: Available
● Opportunities for presentation/exhibitions: Available
* Exhibitions at galleries within the city and/or exhibition of work by participating in collaborative events in the city
● Publication and distribution of activity report: Available
● Others: Scholarship available
Refer to application guideline on the website or blog of S_AIR.
S-AIR Residency Programme -Frontier-
NPO S-AIR (Private organization)
NPO S-AIR (Private organization)
Yamaken Construction Co., Ltd. Espoir Fudosan Kabushikikaisha, Aura Associates Urban Architects, Asahi Beer Arts Foundation (FY 2010), Northern Regions Foundation (FY 2009), Blue Earth Grant of Junior Chamber International Sapporo (FY 2009), Japan Foundation (FY 2008-2012, 2014-), Agency for Cultural Affairs(FY 2011-), Pola Art Foundation(FY 2014),City of Sapporo (FY 2014, 2015)
Kyodo Kumiai Sapporo Sogo Oroshi Center Nigokan (3rd Floor. CIE Kabushiki Gaisha Bekkan)
3F-A, North 6 East 2-2-10, Higashi-ku, Sapporo, 060-0906
● Studios: Not Available
*Production studio: Working space available (in some cases)
*Shared office space and Internet connection available
● Exhibit Space: Available
● Accommodation: Available
* Paid lodging facilities run by Sapporo City are available.
Sapporo City has a population of 1.9 million (as of 2010), the fourth largest ordinance-designated city in Japan. Our office (NPO S-AIR) is located within the Sogo Oroshi Center, which is located to the east of Sapporo Station, and is in the town center
○ By train: Get off at “Sapporo” station; walk for 5-minutes
○ By subway: Take the Nanboku subway line or Toho subway line and get off at “Sapporo” station; walk for 5-minutes
S-AIR was inaugurated in 1999, with the artist-in-residence grant provided by the Agency for Cultural Affairs. The grant supported the first five years of the program until 2003.
In 2004, the program was renewed to its current ICC + S-AIR Exchange Program, with the support and cooperation from the Sapporo Electronics and Industries Cultivation Foundation and Inter-cross Creative Center.Starting from FY 2008, artists invited under Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths (JENESYS) Programme hosted by the Japan Foundation have been staying at S-AIR.This program has been granted by Agency for Cultural Affairs through “Grants to Build the Center to Introduce Japanese Culture and Arts to Overseas” since 2011.
Year of (Program) Commencement
Program Objectives S-AIR aims to foster unique arts and culture at international level, by inviting leading artists, creators and scholars of contemporary visual expression, and promoting exchange with local artists/ creators and community in general.
The program supports resident artists’ research, production and workshops. The outcome of their residency is presented at exhibitions.
○ Symposia to provide opportunities for artists and local citizens to discuss and exchange ideas.
○ Workshops for local schools and citizens.
○ Exhibition and lecture to present the outcomes of the artists’ residency.
In the year from 1999 to 2012, S-AIR has invited 77 artists and creators from 32 countries.
FY 1999 : June～Dec.（3 months, 2 artists respectively）
FY 2000～2001 June 2000 ~ Dec.2001 (3months ~ 6 months)
FY 2001: Each 3 months, 2terms in a year
FY 2004: Oct.～Nov., Jan.～Feb.（2 months, 2 artists respectively）
FY 2005: May～July, Oct.～ Dec.（3 months, 2 artists respectively）
FY2006：Aug.～Oct., Jan.～ March （3 months, 2 artists respectively）
FY2007: July～Aug.（2 months, 2 artists）, Oct.～Dec.(3 months, 2 artists)
FY2008: June～July （2 months, 2 artists）, Aug.～Oct. (3 months, 2 artists), Nov.～Dec. （2 months, 2 artists）
FY2009： June～July（2 months, 2 artists）, Jan. Feb.(2 weeks, 2 artists), Oct.～Dec. （2 months, 2 artists）、Jan.～March（2 months, 2 artists）
FY2010： July〜Sep. （2 months, 2 artists）,
Sep.～ Oct. (2 weeks, 2 artists), Oct.～Dec. （2 months, 2 artists）, Jan.～March（2 months, 2 artists）
FY2011 : July〜Sep.（2 months, 2 artists）, Oct.〜Dec.（2 months, 2 artists）, jan.〜Feb.（1 month, 1 artists, Research Resident）, Jan.〜March（2 months, 1 artist）
FY2012 : May〜July（2 months, 2 artists）, Aug.〜Sep.（2 months, 2 artists）, jan.〜Feb.（1 month, 1 artist, Research Resident）, Jan.〜Feb.（2 months, 1 artist）
FY2013 : Jun.〜Aug.（2〜2.5 months, 2 artists）, Oct.（1 month, 1 artist, Research Resident）, Jan.〜March（2.5 months, 1 artist. TBD）
FY2014 : Jul.〜Aug. (1 month, 1 artist, Research Resident) , Jul.〜Aug. (2 months, 1 artist) , Oct. 〜Dec.(2 months, 2 artists, Moving residence of cooperation with other groups)
FY2015 : Oct.～Dec. (3 months, 1 artist), Dec. (3 weeks, 1 curator, Research Resident), Feb.～Mar. (2 months, 2 artists)
FY2016 : Jul.～Sep. (3 months, 1 artist), Aug.~Sep. (1 month, 1 curator, Research Resident), Feb.～Mar. (2 months, 2 artists)
○ Is in the process of building networks with overseas art centers and artists.
○ NPO S-AIR primarily conducts residency programs subsidized by the Agency for Cultural Affairs. In the past, S-AIR has conducted residencies and related programs at external venues including Art Akebono 04-05, Artist in School 03-06 and SNOWSPACE MOERE.
○ In FY 2006, S-AIR started S-AIR AWARD, an artist exchange program with oversea partner institutions. In FY 2013, five local and other Japanese artists were dispatched to New Zealand, Taiwan, and Romania. In 2016, one Japanese artist was dispatched to U.K.
Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Julia Lohman, Monika Sosnowska, Qiu Zhijie, Royston Tan
3F-A, North 6 East 2-2-10, Higashi-ku, Sapporo, 060-0906 Japan
Contact Person: Hisashi SHIBATA, Kyoko TACHIBANA
October 20, 2016