NEO designer in residence

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

Focus Area(s):Architecture, Crafts, Photos/Media Arts, Design, Fashion etc.

Months of Residency:2018/08 - 2019/01

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Months of Application:2017/01 - 2018/07

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Application Guideline

Focus Area(s)

Architecture, Crafts, Photos/Media Arts, Design, Fashion etc.

Residency Period / Application Period
Residency Period: August 2018 - January 2019 (Maximum 6 months. Please enquire)
Application Period: January 2017 - July 2018
Number of Resident Artists
1 - 2 persons
Conditions / Provisions
●Age limit: 20 years of age and older
○Others: a) To be a active creator such as designer, artist, craftsman, programmer, entrepreneur, etc. (Genre does not matter)
b) To do everything about production and living independently.
c) To respond to interviews and photography on design activities during the stay.
d) Staying in NEO area and being able to do activities for half a year. To spend more than 50% of the time in the area.
e) To make at least one presentation as an interim announcement within the stay period.
f) Be sure to announce the result of production as a work within the residence period and take responsibility for exhibition work and removal.
g) Be able to attend a meeting held once a month during the stay.
i) Good health condition.
j) To be able to comply with the usage agreement of the facility.
○Support for Travelling Expense: Not Available
○Support for Production Fee: Available
*Conditions, if any: Monthly 80,000 yen (Maximum 6 months)
○Support for Living Expense: Not Available
○Professional and staff support for creation: Available
*Conditions, if any: voluntary coordinators (no specialist)
○Opportunities of presentation/exhibitions: Available
○Publication and distribution of activities report: Available
Application Procedure
Open call
Screening Process
Selected persons living in the village will screen.

Facilities Information

Program Name
NEO designer in residence
Administrative Organization
Institute for Media and Crafts
Administrative Body
Motosu City, planning division
GIDS curators committee
Facility Name
Facility Address
33-1 Tarumi, Neo, Motosu city, Gifu 501-1522
Facility Description
●Studio: Not Available
●Exhibit Space: Available
* 1 room (25 sq. m.)
●Accommodation: Available
* 1 room (30 sq. m. with a shared bath room)
●Other Conditions: A co-working office
Surrounding Environment
About 1400 people live in NEO area, Motosu city. It is a typical “marginal village” in Japan.
2013, Atsushi Nakahara (a founder of this project) moved to Neo area. He and designers living in the area started “NEO design project” to design life styles in the area.
2015, Motosu City has supported the project, and members of the project founds a co-working space GIDS for creative people. At the same time, we have started “NEO designer in residence” program to invite creative persons from the world.
Year of (Program) Commencement
Program Objectives
●Support and training of designers, artists, and creators
●Increase wisdom and space liquidity
●Feel internal creativity in the “marginal village”
Program Activities
○ welcome party, and an informal presentation about what you want to do.
○ midterm presentation, or open studio, co-creation sessions with people living in the area.
○ final presentation, or exhibition.
2016: 1 designer
2017: 2 designers
Past Residents
Naoto Mmasumoto, Tetsuya Kakuta, Yikyoung Kim
Institute for Media and Crafts
53 Neo Kadowaki, Motosu city, Gifu, 501-1531
TEL: +81-581-38-3055
E-mail: gids.neo (at)
Contact person: Atsushi Nakahara
Last modified
January 31, 2018