Nakajō District Artist-in-Residence(NAGAIR)

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

Focus Area(s):Painting, Craft, Photography/Film, Sculpture, Prints
* Resident artists are required to be active in the field of visual arts.

Months of Residency:2017/09 - 2017/11

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Months of Application:2017/05 - 2017/06

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Application Guideline

Focus Area(s)

Painting, Craft, Photography/Film, Sculpture, Prints
* Resident artists are required to be active in the field of visual arts.

Residency Period / Application Period
● Residency Period: September 15 to November 23, 2017
● Application Period: May 1 to June 9, 2017
Number of Resident Artists
2 persons
Conditions / Provisions
●Age limit:18 years old and older (excluding high school students)
●Specification of Countries: No
●Others:Resident artists are required to have English or Japanese proficiency adequate for everyday communication.
● Traveling expense: Not Available
● Production fee: Available
● Living expense: Available
* 250,000 yen including both production costs and living expenses for each artist. (The fees will be paid after the completion of the artist’s stay. )
* Housing with studio space will be provided by Nagano City. Light, heating, and water utility costs will be paid by Nagano City.
● Professional and staff support: Not Available
● Opportunities for presentation/exhibitions: Available
● Publication and distribution of activity report: Not available
● Others: Volunteers from the local community provide assistance with daily living, such as language support and car rides as a means of transportation.
Application Procedure
Open call
Screening Process
Selection committee

Facilities Information

Program Name
Nakajō District Artist-in-Residence(NAGAIR)
Administrative Organization
Nagano City
Administrative Body
Facility Name
An independent house is lent to each artist.
Facility Address
2265-1 Nakajō-miyamae, Nagano City, Nagano 381-3203 Japan
Facility Description
● Studios: Available
*Approximately 16 m2
*A wood-floored room in the house is available as a studio.
● Exhibit Space: Not Available
*A special exhibit space will be provided when an exhibition is held.
● Accommodation: Available
*Approximately 9.5 m2
*A Japanese-style tatami room is available for accommodation purposes.
●Others: The independent house to be lent to each artist includes: one Japanese-style six-tatami room (about 9.5 m2); one wood-floored room (for studio use; about 16 m2); one kitchen; one bath and toilet
Surrounding Environment
Nakajō, populated by approximately 1,900 people, is a mountain hamlet blessed with rich nature, about 30 minutes away by car from the center of Nagano City.
Nagano City, with a population of approximately 380,000, features both vicinity to the natural environment, including mountains and rivers, and good transportation access given by the Shinkansen and other means. The city is thus a comfortable place to live in, with the advantages of both urban and rural areas. It also boasts many specialty foods, such as apples, soba (buckwheat) noodles, and oyaki (Japanese-style fried cake). Moreover, the city hosts the Nagano city Shinshu Shinmachi Museum, the Ikeda Masuo Art Museum featuring works by the late famous artist from Nagano City, and other attractions. There is also Hokusaikan, which displays paintings by Katsushika Hokusai, in the suburbs of the city.
From Tokyo: About 1 hr 30 min. by the Hokuriku Shinkansen; Get off at Nagano Station, and take a bus or taxi (30 min. to Nakajō).
Nakajō District Artist-in-Residence (NAGAIR) was inaugurated in 2016 with the aim of providing artists with an opportunity to create works of art while living in Nakajō and interacting with local residents, thereby helping people discover the attraction of the area and revitalizing the local community.
Year of (Program) Commencement
Program Objectives
◯ Provide artists with the opportunity to stay in Nakajō to create artworks and communicate with local people so that such experiences can provide inspiration for the artists’ future creative work
◯ Invigorate and stimulate the local community of Nakajō in a positive way through the artists’ activities, as well as raise local awareness of art, in order to vitalize the region
Program Activities
In addition to creating artworks while communicating with local people, the activities of resident artists should include the following:
◯ Opening their sites of creation to the public
◯ Presenting workshops for elementary and junior/senior high school students
◯ Presenting workshops for citizens
◯ Displaying their artworks in an exhibition

In 2016, Nagano City launched NAGAIR. What “chemical reactions” will the stimulus of art bring to Nakajō, an area which faces the challenge of depopulation? We welcome artists who would like to join us in taking the first step in this initiative.
● Records
FY2016: 2 artists were invited.
● Achievements
○ An Open studio
○ Workshops for students of junior high schools and high schools in Nagano city
○ Workshops for Nagano citizens
○ Participation in the Mushikura Festival
○ An exhibition at Nagano City Arts Center
Past Residents
Gaby Taplick, Lucy Marriott
Nagano City Hall Culture and Sports Promotion Department,Culture and Arts Section
1613 Midori-cho, Owazatsurugura, Nagano City, Nagano 380-8512 Japan
Contact person: Yamamoto
Last modified
May 1, 2017