Artist-in-residence Program at Sapporo Tenjinyama Art Studio

  • Open Call:Available
  • Grant for travel expenses:Not Available
  • Grant for production:Available
  • Grant for living costs:Available
  • Support by staff or specialist:Available
  • Studio:Available
  • Exhibit Space:Available
  • Accommodation:Available
  • Exhibition or Open Studio:Available
  • Publication:Available

Focus Area(s):Painting, Architecture, Craft, Photography/Film, Sculpture, Design, Prints, Fashion, Dance, Literature

Months of Residency:2018/01 - 2018/03

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Months of Application:2017/10 - 2017/11

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Application Guideline

Focus Area(s)

Painting, Architecture, Craft, Photography/Film, Sculpture, Design, Prints, Fashion, Dance, Literature

Residency Period / Application Period
The residency period changes for each fiscal year. (The following are for the case of FY2016 International Open Call & Invitation Program.)
● Residency Period: Janurary 14 to March 14, 2017
● Length of stay at the studio: Up to 8 weeks from January 14 to March 14, 2017
● Application Period: October to November 18, 2016
* The guidelines for applicants of FY2017 program will be announced in the middle of August.
Number of Resident Artists
3 persons
Conditions / Provisions
●Age limit: 18 and older
●Specification of Countries: No
○Others: In the International Open Call & Invitation Program in 2016, the local promotion project to positively rethink living and urban life in winter was conducted. Focusing on three key words—“winter,” “snow” and “Subarctic”—each artist was required to deepen his/her ideas through production during the residence. Through creating a work environment during the winter months for artists and workshops and presentations by resident artists, it was expected that the project would lead to the experimental introduction of creative experience in winter in the community.
● Traveling expense: Not Available
● Production fee: Available (250,000yen)
● Living expense: Available
* Studio Apartment
● Professional and staff support: Available (English)
● Opportunities for presentation/exhibitions: Available (International Open Call program only)
● Publication and distribution of activity report: Available
* Only in the case of the International Open Call & Invitation Program, Studio Apartments are free of charge, and the costs of production are subsidized.
* Support: ¥250,000 is given to each artist participating in the program.
(There is no extra support. Any expenses exceeding ¥250,000 must be covered by the artist.)
Application Procedure
Open call
Screening Process
The International Open Call & Invitation Program forms a selection committee consisting of experts. (Selectors change each year.)
Selection committee 2016: SHIMABUKU (Artist), Yukiko SHIKATA (Curator), Hyunjung PARK (Artist, Associate Professor, CoSTEP, Hokkaido University), Mami Odai (Program director of Sapporo Tenjin-yama Art Studio Artist-in-Residence Program)

Facilities Information

Program Name
Artist-in-residence Program at Sapporo Tenjinyama Art Studio
Administrative Organization
General Incorporated Association AIS Planning
Administrative Body
Division of Sapporo International Art Festival, Tourism & Cultural Affairs Bureau, City of Sapporo
Facility Name
Sapporo Tenjinyama Art Studio
Facility Address
(Inside Tenjin-yama park) 1-80, 2-17 Hiragishi, Toyohira-ku, Sapporo-city, Hokkaido 062-0932 Japan
Facility Description
Sapporo Tenjin-yama Art Studio is located in Tenjin-yama Park (green zone) and enjoys a quiet and rich natural environment. It offers 13 studio apartments, an exhibition space, and multipurpose studios that are also available to local citizens (charged). Characteristically, it is also open to the public as a free place to rest in Tenjin-yama Park. The Atrium (common lounge) on the first floor is a public space where anyone can casually drop in, where dialogues between resident artists and locals are held on a daily basis through interactive events, presentations of the results of resident artists, public production of arts, etc.
○ Production studio: Available
○ Studio Apartments : These can be used at all hours by residents as studios and bases for art production and research activities. Basically, they can be used by local, national and international artists and researchers—whether professional or amateur—who are engaged in the fields of visual arts, music, craftwork, drama, dance, literature, photography, images, design, etc.
Studio Apartment A x 6 (19 sq. m/1 person)
Studio Apartment B x 6 (53 sq. m/3 persons)
Studio Apartment C x 1 (73 sq. m/4 persons)
○ Multipurpose Studios: In principle, anyone can use these for the production of artwork, meetings, and workshops, etc. This facility is normally available for hiring by the hour (fees apply). Artists wishing to use it in conjunction with the residency studio are asked to inquire in advance.
* Circulating equipment: projectors, screens (movable), mirrors(movable), tables for art work, acoustic systems, blackboards, whiteboards etc.If your project requires specialist equipment, please inquire at the time of making your application.
Multipurpose Studio A x 1 (72 sq. m)
Multipurpose Studio B x 1 (71 sq. m)
Multipurpose Studio C x 1 (60 sq. m)
○ Exhibition space: Available
* The space, available exclusively to artists using the residency studio, is part of the public space adjoining the free rest area for park visitors. It can be used for studio work, research presentation, open studios and workshops during a residency.
It is not a space for rent.
○ Accommodation: Available
○ Others:
Sapporo Tenjin-yama Art Studio also has a free restroom, a Common Lounge, and a Meeting Room, and you can freely read materials and books here on art, Sapporo, and Hokkaido. There is also a space for children to play. The Art Studio is also used as a place to rest and relax by local residents, who enjoy strolling in Tenjin-yama Park.
Surrounding Environment
The scene of some of the events symbolic of the modernization of Japan, Hokkaido with its subarctic climate and indigenous people has a history and features quite distinct from Japan’s main island of Honshu. It is a vast geographical area full of fascinating details offering scope for rewarding research. Hokkaido and Sapporo City have quite a number of art galleries and museums, including those dedicated to the history of immigration from other parts of Japan. A wide range of culture and arts offerings, local community activities and tourism events are on the calendar throughout the year, especially in Sapporo City, which hosts the Sapporo International Art Festival and associated events every three years.
It takes about 30 minutes from the center of Sapporo by metro and on foot. Sapporo Tenjin-yama Art Studio is located at the top of Tenjin Hill at an elevation of 85 meters (in the Tenjin-yama green zone). The Studio is in a quiet environment away from the hustle and bustle of the streets. It takes 10 - 15 minutes by foot to the nearest convenient store, the metro station, and the shopping area.
○ By subway: The closest subway stations are on the Nanboku Line
Route 1: 11-minute walk from the west or north exit at the Sumikawa station.
Route 2: 14-minute walk from the west exit at the Minami-Hiragishi station.
○ By bus: Take the Jotetsu bus [Route 56] and get off the bus at “Hiragishi 1 jyo 16 chome”.
○By plane: Approx. 70 minus by bus from Shin Chitose Airport
- Coach bus & Subway
Take the airport coach bus to the Maruyama Bus Terminal
Get off the bus at the Sumikawa subway station
- Train & Subway
Take the JR train to the Sapporo station, the central station in Sapporo.
From the central station, take the subway to the Sumikawa station. 11-minute walk from the west exit at the Sumikawa station.
○ Parking: No available
Sapporo Tenjin-yama Art Studio was opened after the renovation of the former Sapporo Guest House (a medium-and long-term-stay accommodation facility), which had been closed for several years. It was established under the following statement of intent: “We will create a place where artists can execute creative activities during their residences, and the creativity of citizens is fostered through experiencing artists’ ideas, processes and expressions. Then, it is intended that the power of such creative citizens will be developed in various fields, including culture and industry.” The Art Studio was opened specifically to celebrate the opening of Sapporo International Art Festival, which was held in the summer of 2014. In renovating the former Sapporo Guest House, utilizing the original function of the accommodation facility, studios for artists to stay and produce artworks, multipurpose studios to be used by anyone including local citizens, and a public space to be used by visitors to Tenjin-yama Park to rest, study, or read books were established. The Art Studio began operation as a unique art and culture facility supported users’ autonomous activities, while aiming at cross-cultural exchanges and exchanges bridging different activities.
Year of (Program) Commencement
Program Objectives
Sapporo Tenjinyama Art Studio is designed to have three functions: 1) to enable artists and art experts to pursue artistic endeavors while they stay there, 2) to encourage artists and art experts to communicate with local citizens through public activities for art production and art-related research or various events including workshops, and 3) to offer opportunities for local people to experience artworks at the Sapporo International Art Festival or in other exhibitions in the city. For the Art Studio to fulfill these functions and yield the desired results, we aim to accept artists and art experts working in a wide range of fields by implementing two types of artist-in-residence programs - a self-funding program and an invitation-through-open-call program - and to create various opportunities for the artists and art experts to interact with local citizens in civic activities and their everyday lives.
Moreover, with 13 Studio Apartments in this facility, enabling multiple artists to stay here at the same time, we also aim at providing the artists places to build relationships with each other and exchange information, thereby stimulating and invigorating their creative activities, and further facilitating coordination among the artists to support their artistic endeavors.
Program Activities
Facility users can freely schedule time and length of their residency (24h a day/ up to 90 days). Any costs including studio, transportation, production and living are users’ own expenses. In order to use, facility user must apply for the studio apartment on their own.
International Open Call program is offered once a year for 3 artists with selection by jury of artists and curators working internationally.
Selected residents are invited for 6 weeks during winter season (January to March), to work and exhibit their works at the end of the program.
Residents will be awarded free studio apartments and part of production fees. Application period is in fall of the previous year.
In the future, the Networking Program aims to develop alternative relationships between domestic and international art and cultural institutions between domestic and international art and cultural institutions to realize reciprocal exchanges between artists and creators from different countries. In its first year, the program has realized exchanges involving 3 artists / a year from different countries.
●Residency artists
FY2014: 179 persons (Japanese: 157 persons /foreigners: 22 persons in 16 countries)
FY2015: 404 persons (Japanese: 352 persons /foreigners: 52 persons in 20 countries)
FY2016: 416 persons (Japanese: 307 persons /foreigners: 109 persons in 22 countries)
●Production by resident artists who participated in the Sapporo International Art Festival 2014
●Examples of events and projects
[FY 2014]
○ Cordination of the artists who have participated in Sapporo International Art Festival 2014 --Takashi Kuribayashi, Yuya Suzuki, Yuki Hirakawa, Takashi Fukazawa, Masanori Fujiki, Franz Oliver, Daito Manabe, Yuko Mohri, Fuyuki Yamakawa etc.
○ The 1st Tenjin-yama Cultural Festival: Conducted in partnership with citizens, the program was based on proposals made by members of the local community.
○ FY 2014 International Open-Call Program submission theme: “Winter, Snow and Sapporo.” Three finalists were chosen from a total of 60 submissions.
○ Sapporo Winter Vacation: An Art Event for Enjoying Snow was held from February 1 to 22, 2015, and comprised research, art residencies, workshops and presentation of outcomes.
[FY 2015]
○ 2015 Summer Holiday Art Camp for Children: Led by instructor artist Daisuke Nagaoka, the two-night, three-day camp offered 20 or so local elementary and junior high school children a residential animation program.
○ The 2nd Tenjin-yama Cultural Festival: Conducted in partnership with citizens, the program was based on proposals made by members of the local community.
○ Art and Research: Eleven artists (aged between 20 and 40) conducted individual art creation and research in Sapporo and Hokkaido from March 15 to 29, 2016, encouraged by international mentor artists.
[FY 2016]
○ Tenjin-yama Art Camp 2016: Led by instructor artist Chikara Matsumoto, the overnight camp offered 33 local elementary and junior high school children a residential animation program.
○ 10-day “hop-on hop-off” animation workshop
○ The 3rd Tenjin-yama Cultural Festival: Conducted in partnership with citizens, the program was based on proposals made by members of the local community.
○ Residential workshop “2016 AIR Winter Camp: An Invitation to Art Residencies”
Past Residents
Atsushi Fukunaga, Boat Xiaochuan Zhang, Daisuke Kuroda, Helí García, Ina Kwon, Ishu Han, Jeff Downer, Weng Nam Yap, William Andres Narvaez Cedeño
Sapporo Tenjinyama Art Studio
Tenjin-yama park, 1-80, 2-17, Hiragishi, Toyohira-ku, Sapporo 062-0932
TEL: +81-11-820-2140 / FAX: +81-11-820-2142
E-mail: info (at)
Contact person: Mami Odai
Last modified
July 2, 2017