AIT Artist-in-Residence Program

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

Focus Area(s):Contemporary Visual Arts

Months of Residency:2017/04 - 2018/03: Artist: 2-3 months; Curator, Writer: 1-2 months

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Months of Application:2017/04 - 2018/03:The program provisions vary according to the scheme agreed by the affiliated or grant-providing organizations.

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THE BAR Vol.8 Exhibition "Today of Yesterday" Rattana Vandy and Kanitha Tith / Photo by Yukiko Koshima

Application Guideline

Focus Area(s)

Contemporary Visual Arts

Residency Period / Application Period
●Residency Period:
○Artist: 2-3 months
○Curator, Writer: 1-2 months
●Application Period:
The program provisions vary according to the scheme agreed by the affiliated or grant-providing organizations.
Number of Resident Artists
8~10 artists
Conditions / Provisions
The program does not accept unsolicited applications submitted directly by artists and curators.
●Traveling expense: Available
●Production fee: Available
●Living expense: Available
●Professional and staff support: Available
●Opportunities for presentations/exhibitions: Upon request
●Publication and distribution of a program report: Upon request
●Others: Mobile phone/portable wifi devise and bicycle
* The program provisions vary according to the scheme agreed by the affiliated or grant-providing organizations. The information above is a general guideline of standard provisions.
Application Procedure
Open or closed call (depending on the program)
* We also offer programs accepting applications applied for through affiliated organizations, such as IASPIS, FRAME, and Mondriaan Fonds.
Screening Process
Selection committee.

Facilities Information

Program Name
AIT Artist-in-Residence Program
Administrative Organization
Arts Initiative Tokyo [AIT]
Administrative Body
Arts Initiative Tokyo [AIT]
Facility Name
Arts Initiative Tokyo [AIT]
Facility Address
Ota-ku, Tokyo and others
Facility Description
●Studios: Conditional
* Studio facilities are not available, but the accommodation spaces can be used for limited production purpose.
* Programs provided with studios are also available.
●Exhibit Space: Not Available
●Accommodation: Available
Surrounding Environment
Residential area
By train: Get off at “Yukigaya Otsuka” station; walk for 10 minutes.
The program was inaugurated in 2003 to meet the demands of foreign artists and curators seeking opportunities to stay in Tokyo for a certain duration of time. At the time, no systematic residence programs were hosted in Tokyo.
Year of (Program) Commencement
Program Objectives
The program aims to create a place for international exchange where artists and curators share their experience and knowledge with one another.
In support of the artists and curators, the program provides accommodations in Tokyo, assistance for exchange, information and resources, and opportunities to join talks and events organized by AIT.
Program Activities
○Exchange program: invite overseas artists/curators to Japan and send Japanese artists/curators overseas
○Artist/curator talks
○Alternative experimental projects
The number of artists, curators and writers invited to the program during the period from FY2003 to FY2016 exceeds 80. This program also sends Japanese artists and curators abroad in an effort to enhance mutual exchange.
○"Home Again ー 10 Artists Who Have Experienced Japan" (Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, 2012)
○"Art Scope 2012-2014 ー Remains of Their Journeys" (Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, 2014)
○"Today of Yesterday" (Yamamoto Gendai, 2015)
○"Healing and Loving" (Yamamoto Gendai, 2016)
○"Art Scope 2015-2017 ー Wandering to Wonder" (Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, 2017)
○"Shaping Voices, Silent Skies" (8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, 2017)
Past Residents
Abdellah Karroum, Agnieszka Gratza, Agung Hujatnika, Albert Samreth, Alberto Rodríguez Collía, Allegra Pacheco, Andreas och Frederika, Anna Camner, Anna Ptak, Ariel Schlesinger, Atikom Mukdaprakorn, Aurora Reinhardt, Benedikt Partenheimer, Camilla Carlsson, Caroline Achaintre, Chaw Ei Thein, Christy Lange, Donna Ong, Duto Hardono, Elodie Hiryczuk, Erik van der Weijde, Erika Verzutti, Ernesto Salmeron, Eva Berendes, FÄRG & BLANCHE, Federico Herrero, Florencia Rodriguez, Franciszek Orłowski, Georg Winter, Gina Buenfeld, Gor Soudan, Haizea Barcenilla, Hyunjin Kim, IC-98, Jakob Simonson, Jan Scharrelmann, Jan Szewczyk, Jenny Akerlund, Jenny Yurshansky, Jesse Wine, Jimmy Ogonga, Johannes Wohnseifer, Julian Hooper, Julieta Aranda, Julio Cesar Morales, Jumana Emil Abboud, Jyri Kaasinen, Kanitha Tith, Katja Strunz, Katy West, Khadim Ali, Krishnapriya Tharmakrishnar, Ksenia Galiaeva, Kyongha Ham, Kyongju Park, Laureana Toledo, Leif Holmstrand, Liz Hughes, Magnus Bartas, Marianna Dobkowska, Marit Lindberg, Martine Stig, Mary Redmond, Mary-Elizabeth Yarbrough, Matteo Rosa, Maxine Kopsa, Melvin Moti, Menja Stevenson, Meri Nikula, Michael Johansson, Minam Apan, Minam Apang, Miti Ruangkritya, Nick Evans, Penwadee Nophaket Manont, Perla Montelongo, Pradeep Mishra, Rafaël Rozendaal, Rattana Vandy, Riiko Sakkinen, Rita Hensen, Rory Pilgrim, Rosa Doornenbal, Sarah Abu Abdallah, Sharmini Pereira, Simon Gardenfors, Sophie O’Brien, Sudjud Dartanto, Syagini Ratnawulan, Thiago Pitta, Tuula Narhinen, Vera Mey, Vincent Vulsma, William Engelen, Yang-ah Ham, Yason Banal, Young-In Hong
Arts Initiative Tokyo [AIT]
Twin Bldg. Daikanyama B-403, 30-8 Sarugaku-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo,
TEL: 03-5489-7277 / FAX: 03-3780-0266
E-mail: Otoiawase(at)
Contact Person: Yuko Shiomi
Last modified
June 7, 2017