Tokachi Artist in Residence (T-AIR)

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

Focus Area(s):Crafts, photography/film/video, sculpture, performance, print, installation
* Mainly contemporary art

Months of Residency:2016/05 - 2016/08

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Months of Application:2016/02 - 2016/03

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Matthias Männer, “Elevation” (produced in the AIR program in 2013)
Photograph by Atsushi KatoShinji Komiya, “Wrapping Water” (Exhibit of Pre-event 2013 “Art works of Water2013@Water Shrine”)
Photograph by Atsushi KatoShinji Komiya, “Wrapping Water” (Exhibit of Pre-event 2013 “Art works of Water2013@Water Shrine”)
Photograph by Atsushi Kato

Application Guideline

Focus Area(s)

Crafts, photography/film/video, sculpture, performance, print, installation
* Mainly contemporary art

Residency Period / Application Period
● Residency period: May to August 2016
● Application period: February to March
Number of Resident Artists
Three artists (Six municipalities will conduct a program in 2015. Each artist will stay in a municipality.)
Conditions / Provisions
● Age limits: None
● Nationalities: Any
● Traveling expense: Available (Up to 170,000 yen)
● Production fee: Available (Up to 300,000 yen)
● Living expense: Available
* A commission fee for workshop will be paid to the artists.
● Professional and staff support (help from personnel toward production): Available
● Opportunities for presentation/exhibitions: Available
● Publication and distribution of activity report: Available
* On the website
Application Procedure
Open call
Screening Process
Artist is selected on the base of submitted portfolios and formats by the selection committees composed of a specially-appointed professor of Hokkaido University of Education and local people in each municipality.

Facilities Information

Program Name
Tokachi Artist in Residence (T-AIR)
Administrative Organization
Tokachi Artist in Residence (T-AIR)
Administrative Body
Hokkaido Prefectural Government (Grantor) and NPO “Sapporo Artist in Residence (S-AIR)”
Facility Name
Café Degu (2013)
* T-AIR is executed by moving to cities, towns and villages within the Tokachi District every year.
Facility Address
Kotobukichon, Urahorocho, Tokachi County, Hokkaido 089-5611, Japan
1 Higashinijominami, Nakasatunaimura, Kasai County, Hokkaido 089-1342, Japan
(in FY2014)
Facility Description
● Studios: Available
● Exhibit Space: Available
● Accommodation: Available
Surrounding Environment
This program utilizes unused facilities in cities, towns and villages in the Tokachi District. In Obihiro City, a hub city of this region, the Hokkaido Obihiro Museum of Art, which is a museum storing mainly print art, the Ainu Culture Information Center and the Obihiro Centennial City Museum, in which abundant documents concerning the history of the Tokachi District is stored, are located. In the Tokachi District, the Kanda Nissho Memorial Museum of Art, the Rokkatei Nakasatsunai Art Village and the Hokkaido Garden Tokachi Millennium Forest are located, representing a culture that is deeply rooted in the people in this region, of enjoying a wide range of art from fine art to modern art. The foundations of primary industry such as agriculture, forestry and fishery are well established in Tokachi.
Especially, the scale of agriculture in Tokachi District is the largest in Japan. Population of the District is about 380,000. Obihiro City, a hub city, has a population of approximately 160,000. Its weather is fine throughout a year and its cobalt blue sky is called “Tokachi Bare”. This region is rich with various foods and its landscape of nature and industrial activities suits as an exhibiting space of artworks.
● Urahoro Town
○ 1 hour 35 minutes by car from Tokachi-Obihiro Airport
About 1 hour by car / about 30 minutes by limited express train / about 1 hour 10 minutes by local train from JR Obihiro Station
● Nakasatsunaimura
○ About 10 minutes by car from Tokachi-Obihiro Airport
○ About 30 minutes by car from JR Obihiro Station
T-AIR is a voluntary organization established by those interested in boosting the region through exchanges with artists who can bring about inspiring ideas and moving impressions to disseminate information on the region to the rest of the world. This organization also aims to contribute to citizens’ international exchange through nurturing overseas artists. T-AIR started its Artist in Residence program in cooperation with the NPO S-AIR.
Year of (Program) Commencement
Program Objectives
○ To foster young artists and to develop local human resources with unique ideas through artists’ exchange
○ To contribute to local development based on artistic activities in terms of food, landscapes, local industries, local resources, and exchange
○ To promote exchanges between Tokachi and other regions including overseas countries through the artistic activities mentioned above, and to provide information on those activities.
Program Activities
○ Holding workshops
○ Providing residency programs and attending artists to attractive sightseeing spots in Tokachi
○ Running of art cafes
○ Running of art café workshops
○ Regional exchanges (welcome and farewell parties, public speaking events, etc.)
○ Open workshop of the artist’s production
○ Exhibition/presentation of artists’ works
○ Presentation of documentary film of production, etc.
○ 2013: Two artists
○ 2014: Two artists
Past Residents
Heimo Wallner, Matthias Männer
Zukosha Co., Ltd.
1-17 Nishi-18jo-kita, Obihiro City, Hokkaido 080-0048, Japan
TEL: 0155-33-4402
E-mail: tokachiair(at)
Website (mostly in Japanese):
Facebook (mainly in Japanese):
Contact person: Yaeko KAYOU
Last modified
November 17, 2016