Nakanojo Biennale

  • Open Call:Available
  • Grant for travel expenses:Available
  • Grant for production:Available
  • Grant for living costs:Not 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, Photography/Video, Sculpture, Design, Performance

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Application Guideline

Focus Area(s)

Painting, Photography/Video, Sculpture, Design, Performance

Residency Period / Application Period
●Residency Period: April to August 28, 2017
●Application Period: August 15, 2016 (deadline)
Number of Resident Artists
Approx. 160 persons/groups (Participants of Nakanojo Biennale 2017)
Conditions / Provisions
●Age limit: Yes
* be 20 years old or older.
●Nationality: Mainly Poland and Italia. And other nationalities
●Traveling expenses: Not available
●Production fee: Available
* 30,000 yen
●Living expenses: Not Available
●Professional and staff support: Available
* Production assistance
●Opportunities for presentation/exhibitions: Available
* Exhibition of work at the Nakanojo Biennale 2017
●Publication and distribution of activity report: Available
* Distributed free of charge to Nakanojo Biennale participants
Application Procedure
Submit a portfolio within the deadline.
Screening Process
Selection by the Nakanojo Biennale Executive Committee

Facilities Information

Program Name
Nakanojo Biennale
Administrative Organization
Nakanojo-machi / Nakanojo Biennale Executive Committee
Administrative Body
Nakanojo-machi / Nakanojo Biennale Executive Committee
Nakanojo-machi / Nakanojo Biennale Committee
Facility Name
Nakanojo Geijutsu no Mori
Facility Address
1-1 Iwamoto, Nakanojo-machi, Agatsuma-gun, Gunma 377-0431
Facility Description
●Studios: Available
* One indoor studio and two outdoor studios (total area 89 m2)
* The indoor studio is situated inside the administration building. The outdoor studios are part of a former barbecue pavilion and have a roof. Use of high voltage appliances is not possible at any of the studios. Restrictions apply to studio use during preparation and duration of the Nakanojo Biennale.
●Exhibit Space: Available
There are three venues (total area 550 m2)
* All three utilize the natural terrain, and are not purpose-built
●Accommodation: Available
* Two large rooms available respectively for male and female
* Four large bungalows and 10 small bungalows. Large bungalows have a private cooking area, shower (no bath tub) and flush toilet. Small bungalows have shared facilities outside. Restrictions apply to use of bungalows and facilities during preparation and duration of the Nakanojo Biennale.
●The accommodation facility was formally a campsite.
Surrounding Environment
Nakanojo Town is located in northwest Gunma Prefecture. The town is surrounded by mountainous areas, and has a population of 18,000 people. Nakanojo is endowed with nature, and has several hot spring resorts including Shima, Sawatari and Shiriyaki. Traditional culture here developed over a long period of time, including local festivals, a tea event known as “Ochako,” and silk-raising, all still remain in the town. At the Nakanojo Biennale, these fascinating local cultural resources merge into contemporary arts to create a unique atmosphere. Due to the environment of Nakanojo Town and its friendly local people, an increasing number of artists and visitors return to the Nakanojo Biennale.
○ 10-minute drive to the office
○ 65-minute drive from Kanetsu Expressway Shibukawa Ikaho Interchange
In 2006, six artists who were participating in an art project titled Agatsuma Bigakko (lit. Agatsuma Art School) came up with the idea of turning the entire town of Nakanojo into an art stage for presenting works. The event was realized in 2007 with unsparing support by the town. Fifty-eight artists exhibited across 11 venues, receiving 48,000 visitors.
Year of (Program) Commencement
* Held biannually
Program Objectives
Encourage cultural activities to take root, spread and develop in Nakanojo Town. Explore potentialities of Nakanojo’s local assets through the biennale, so that citizens can recognize anew the strengths of their hometown.
Program Activities
○Exhibition of contemporary artwork (painting, sculpture, installation, video, photography, performance, etc.)
○Hosting of workshops
○Hosting of art events
○Hosting of symposiums
○Production and sale of artist merchandise
FY 2007: 58 Artists
FY 2009: 112 Artists
FY 2010: 27 Artists
FY 2011: 128 Artists
FY 2013: 113 Groups
FY 2015: 164 Groups
Past Residents
Akira Mizuno, Hiroya Hongo, Jun Nagai, Kamil Kuskowski, Kosuke Iizawa, Kouji Ohno, Mao Oishi, Masahiko Kiyooka, Mitsuharu Miyake, Padungsak Kochsomrong, Sanae Yamada, Shinnosuke Tojyo, Stan Anderson, Takayuki Suzuki, Tatsuya Fujii, Thattchai Hongphaeng, Tomasz Wendland, Udom Chimpukdee, Yuka Yamato
Nakanoshima Biennale Executive Committee Secretariat
1091 Nakanojo-machi, Nakanojo-machi, Agatsuma-gun, Gunma 377-0424, Japan
TEL/FAX: 0279-75-8802
E-mail: biennale(at)
Last modified
June 8, 2017