Echigo Tsumari Art Triennale “Australia House”

  • 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:Not Available

Focus Area(s):Visual Arts, Crafts, Photography/Media Arts

Months of Residency:2017/06 - 2017/11

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Months of Application:2017/02 - 2017/03

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Application Guideline

Focus Area(s)

Visual Arts, Crafts, Photography/Media Arts

Residency Period / Application Period
●Residency Period: June - July 2017
●Application Period: February - March 2017
Number of Resident Artists
One Group
Conditions / Provisions
●Age limit: No
●Specification of Countries: Yes (Australia)
●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 the year of Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale
Application Procedure
Selected by the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale Executive Committee and Australian Embassy, Tokyo
Screening Process
Selection is made by Matsudai No-butai and Australian Embassy, Tokyo

Facilities Information

Program Name
Echigo Tsumari Art Triennale “Australia House”
Administrative Organization
Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale Executive Committee
Administrative Body
Australia-Japan Foundation, Australian Embassy, Tokyo, Australia Council, Arts Victoria, Agency for Cultural Affairs
Facility Name
Australia House
Facility Address
Urano 7577, Tokamachi-shi, Niigata Pref. 942-1342
Facility Description
●Studios: Available
●Exhibit Space: Available
* 130 m2(Including exhibit space, studio, and accommodation)
* Outdoor space might be used for exhibition. It depends on the condition.
●Accommodation: Available
* To be confirmed
Surrounding Environment
Located in Echigo Tsumari Region (Tokamachi city, Tsunan town), the venue of Echigo-Tumari Art Triennale as well as one of Japan’s heaviest snowfall areas. Since 2000 This large art festival held in every three years is made possible by the collaboration among artists around the world, cultural and academic experts, project supporters in urban areas, and local residents. Approximately 160 contemporary art works are scattered in a vast land of 760 square kilometers. In this site Daichi-no-Geijutsusai-no-Sato, cultural activities and exchange are taking place all through the year, working on a sunny day and taking a rest on a rainy day.
●By car: Take Route 253 toward Tokamachi − Joetsu − Matsudai from the Muikamachi Interchange on the Kanetsu Expressway. Pass by Matsudai Station on the Hokuhoku Line (train) and continue going straight ahead on Route 253. Turn right at Ikejiri Junction (approx 2.7km from Matsudai Station) and take Route 403. Go straight on Route 403 for about 2.5km. Turn left at Nunagawa Elementary School and go toward the Urada area.
Australia has been offering all-out support for the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale since the launch of this festival in 2001 that helps reinvigorate the community through art and culture. In its fourth triennale in 2009, an abandoned house was renovated and transformed into Australian House in the hope of elevating our relationships with the local community and showcase Australian culture more in the Echigo-Tumari region. The house has been serving as a base for cultural exchange and creative activities, including residency exhibitions and workshops by Australian artists.
Australia House was destroyed completely due to the Northern Nagano Earthquake on March 12, 2011. As a result of the open call for design proposals for the newborn Australia House to be opened for the 5th Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale in 2012, a design proposal by Andrew Burns was selected as the winner. Moreover, three artists who had participated in the 5th Triennale continued staying in the Urada district to create artworks after the triennial. During the triennale in 2015, performance artists stayed here and conduct creative activities. 2 artists/groups are enrolled in the residency program.
Year of (Program) Commencement
FY 2009
Program Objectives
Dissemination of Australian culture and Promotion of exchange between Australia and Japan
Program Activities
○Residency program for Australian artists (June and July): Seek applicants once a year. One artist group (or individual) is selected and engaged in residency production for a month and half. artist (or group) and will be engaged in art production in residence for a month and half.
○Student exchange program (August): Residency production and exhibition by Australian (University of Newcastle) and Japanese (Tama Art University) students.
* The program description above is as of 2010.
FY2011 Australian artists’ residence (July~August)
Exhibition of artworks (August)
* Residency program for Australian artists (July and August)
* An exhibition and a performance were held during the triennale 2015.
* The program description above is as of 2015.
FY2015: 2 groups were invited
FY2013: 1 artist was invited
FY2012: 2 artists were invited
FY2011: 1 artist was invited
FY2010: 1 group were invited, students’ exchange
FY2009: Three Groups Invited
* The works were exhibited at the Echigo Tumari Art Triennale 2009
Past Residents
Alex Rizkalla, Andrew Burns, Brook Andrew, Heidi Axelsen, Hugo Moline, Joan Grounds, John Young, Kim Anderson, Lucy Bleach, Maude Bath, Nathan Hawkes, Richard Thomas, Snuff Papets, Ulanda Blair
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3743-1 Matsudai, Tokamachi-shi, Nigata Pref, 942-1526
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Last modified
May 19, 2017