Aomori Contemporary Art Centre, Aomori Public University

  • Open Call:Available
  • Grant for travel expenses: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):Not specified

Months of Residency:2017/04 - 2017/12:3 times a year

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Months of Application:2017/03 - 2017/05:See details below.

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LO Yi Chun《Voyage to the Homeland》, 2015<br>
photo: Tadasu Yamamoto

Application Guideline

Focus Area(s)

Not specified

Residency Period / Application Period
●Residency Period:
○Nominated artists only:
Solo exhibition Early April - End of June
Summer AIR Early June - Middle of September
○Open call:
Autumn AIR: End of March - Middle of May
Number of Resident Artists
Solo exhibition: 1 artist
Summer AIR: 2 - 4 artists
Autumn AIR: 4 - 5 artists
Conditions / Provisions
●Age limit: No
●Specification of Countries: No
●Others: Exhibition; Participation in exchange programs
●Traveling expense: Available
●Production fee: Available
●Living expense: Available
●Professional and staff support: Available
●Opportunities for presentation/exhibitions: Available
●Publication and distribution of program report: Available
●For more details see ACAC Website
Application Procedure
Solo exhibition Summer AIR: Nomination only.
Autumn AIR: Open call will also become available.
Screening Process
The candidates are to be selected by specialized staff of Aomori Contemporary Art Centre, Aomori Public University and approved by the University Advisory Council.

Facilities Information

Program Name
Aomori Contemporary Art Centre, Aomori Public University
Administrative Organization
Aomori Public University
Administrative Body
Administrative Body Aomori Public University
Facility Name
Aomori Public University
Facility Address
152-6 Yamazaki, Goshizawa, Aomori, Aomori Prefecture 030-0134 Japan
Facility Description
●Studio: Available
* Creative Hall: Ferroconcrete, part of the building constructed of steel-frame and ferroconcrete, 1 floor (1,004.40 sq. m.)
(Workshop studios, woodwork studio, AV room)
●Exhibit Space: Available
* Exhibition Hall: Ferroconcrete, 2 floors (1,624.60 sq. m.)
(Exhibition gallery A & B, sub-galleries, AV room, etc)
●Accommodation: Available
* Residential Hall: Ferroconcrete, part of the building constructed of steel-frame and ferroconcrete, 1 floor (583.20 sq. m.)
(8 single rooms, 2 twin rooms, dining room, meeting rooms, etc)
Surrounding Environment
The facility is built in the woods of Aomori Public University located in the suburbs of Aomori City, with the area of 33.5ha.
By bus: From JR “Aomori” station, take the Aomori Public College Line (municipal and JR buses available) and get off at “Aomori Public College” bus stop (approximately 40 minutes); the facility is 3-minute walk from the bus stop.
The plan for Aomori Contemporary Art Centre was first initiated in response to “Our City Aomori - A Creative Plan for the 21st Century,” a cultural policy drafted by the City of Aomori in March 1996. The facility was designated in 1998 as one of projects to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the city's incorporation.
FY 1998 Basic concept was drafted and Goji Hamada was appointed as Director.
FY 1999 In April, Art Plaza ARIA was established to prepare the programs; in November, Tadao ANDO was selected the competition for architectural design; in December, the consignment agreement was signed.
FY 2000 Building construction commenced and, in October, the pre-event International Artists-in-Residence Aomori "Puddles waterfront" was held.
FY 2001 In October, the building was completed; in December, the facility were officially opened.
FY 2009 In April, the administrative body was transferred to Aomori Public University.
Year of (Program) Commencement
Program Objectives
In response to the diversified and sophisticated needs of the local community, Aomori City aims to provide: opportunities for appreciating art and participating in artistic activities; promote creation and diffusion of art and culture that meets international standards; and support such activities by establishing policies instrumental to creating innovative art.
The City envisions developing a creative community based on the unique features of Aomori. In this context, the artist-in-residence program, which supports artists’ creative activities, is a core program that enables the creation of new culture and nurtures interest in local culture among the local residents.
Exhibitions and workshops are organized to provide opportunities for artists and the local residents to meet and experience cross-cultural exchange.
Program Activities
○Artists-in-residence program
○Exhibitions, symposia, seminars, workshops and other events, planned separately from the residency program
○Information service on arts and culture through publication of periodicals and website
○Rental service of the facilities
Two annual programs to accept artists (by recommendation in spring summer program and by open call in autumn program) have been provided since FY 2002
○Our Artist-in-Residence program system is already rooted as a center of creative activities based on the resources of community, nature, and culture of Aomori. In addition to the creative activities by artists, exchange with local community, educational activities, and voluntary activities are organized and interconnected.
○Until 2016, the Aomori Contemporary Art Centre has counted about 150 artists, who have participated in the residency programs as well as other workshops and exhibitions. The program’s commitment in supporting artists’ career has produced positive results, as demonstrated in their participation in local and international exhibitions, as well as in the various art and research projects following their residency.
Past Residents
Aigars Bikse, Aki Nagasaka, Akira Kamo, ALIMO, Ami Yamazaki, Angie Atmadjaja, Anni Leppälä, Asao Tokolo, assistant, Camille Goujon, Charlotte, Chulayarnnon Siriphol, Cornelia Konrads, Daisuke Nagaoka, Dalibor Nikolic, Endo Toshikatsu, Felix Kalmenson, Funai Misa, Gil Yefman, Ham Jin, Higashijima Tsuyoshi, Hiraki Suzuki, Hiroshi Fuji, Honda Takeshi, Hung Su-Chen, Jonathan Sitthiphonh, Jörg Obergfell, Kaneuji Teppei, Kang In-Goo, Kanta Horio, Kim Changkyum, Koyamada Toru, Lee Yen-Hua, Liao Jiekai, Linda Havenstein, Lo Yi chun, Lotte Lyon, Lyota Yagi, Makoto Nomura, Mamoru, Manisha Parekh, Mcgowan=Griffin, Michiko Tsuda, Mitsunori Kimura, Motohiro Tomii, Nadegata Instant Party, Naoko Chiba, Nobuhiro Nakanishi, Nobuya Hoki, Noemi Niederhauser, O JUN, Oh Haji, Onoshi Yasuaki, Pal Peter, Paramodel, Park Hyesoo, Prilla Tania, Ram Katzir, Renata Cruz, Ryota Kuwakubo, Ryuta Iida, Sachiko Kazama, Sandra Cinto, Sandra Kantanen, Sanghee Song, Sarah Ciraci, Satoru Aoyama, Seiko Yamamoto, Shigeo Arikawa, Shuta Hasunuma, Tadasu Takamine, Takahiro Iwasaki, Takayoshi Kitagawa, Tetsuro Kano, Tezuka Aiko, Tohru Nakazaki, Toru Koyamada, Tsuyoshi Hisakado, Worapong Manupipatpong, Yamaguchi Keisuke, Yamashita Kaori, Yoichi Kamimura, Yoko Asakai, Yook Keun-Byung, Yoshiga Asami, Yoshimoto Naoko, Yoshinari Nishio, Yoshinori Niwa, Yu Cheng-Ta, Yuko Mohri, Yusuke Asai, Yusuke Kamata
Aomori Contemporary Art Centre
152-6 Yamazaki, Goshizawa, Aomori, Aomori Prefecture 030-0134 Japan
TEL: +81-17-764-5200/ FAX +81-17-764-5201
E-mail: acac-air(at)
Contact Person: Satoko Ito, Yukiko Kaneko
Last modified
May 31, 2017