S-AIR Residency Programme -Frontier-

  • Open Call:Available
  • Grant for travel expenses:Conditional
  • Grant for production:Conditional
  • Grant for living costs:Conditional
  • Support by staff or specialist:Available
  • Studio:Conditional
  • Exhibit Space:Conditional
  • Accommodation:Available
  • Exhibition or Open Studio:Available
  • Publication:Available

Focus Area(s):Visual Arts, Photography/Media Arts, Sculpture, Print

Months of Residency:Irregular (No open call for 2017)

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Months of Application:Irregular (See details below.)

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Application Guideline

Focus Area(s)

Visual Arts, Photography/Media Arts, Sculpture, Print

Residency Period / Application Period
● Residency Period :
Oct.-Dec. (3 months, 1 artists)
Dec. (3 weeks, 1 curator, Research Resident)
Feb.-Mar. (2 months, 2 artists)
* No open call for 2017 (Overseas residencies for Japanese artists available.)
● Application Period:
* Overseas residencies for Japanese artists available
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
Application Procedure
Refer to application guideline on the website or blog of S_AIR.
Screening Process
Selection committee

Facilities Information

Program Name
S-AIR Residency Programme -Frontier-
Administrative Organization
NPO S-AIR (Private organization)
Administrative Body
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)
Facility Name
Kyodo Kumiai Sapporo Sogo Oroshi Center Nigokan (3rd Floor. CIE Kabushiki Gaisha Bekkan)
Facility Address
3F-A, North 6 East 2-2-10, Higashi-ku, Sapporo, 060-0906
Facility Description
● 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.
Surrounding Environment
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
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.
Program Activities
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.
● Records
In the year from 1999 to 2016, S-AIR has invited 92 artists and creators from 36 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 : Jan.~Mar. (2 months, 2 artists)
● Achievements
○ 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.
○ With the support of Japan Foundation, we have been organizing workshops for those who want to develop management skills to run a residency program: Asia Forum ‘AIR CAMP 2015’ and ‘AIR CAMP 2016’.
Past Residents
Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Julia Lohman, Monika Sosnowska, Qiu Zhijie, Royston Tan
3F-A, North 6 East 2-2-10, Higashi-ku, Sapporo, 060-0906 Japan
TEL: +81-11-299-1883
E-mail: info(at)s-air.org
Website: http://www.s-air.org/
Blog: http://sair.exblog.jp/
Contact Person: Hisashi SHIBATA, Kyoko TACHIBANA
Last modified
May 25, 2017