Call for Artists, Artist-in-Residence Support Program trans_2017-2018AiR

Residence Support Program trans_2017-2018 Application Guideline

The prefix ‘trans’ means to go beyond, get across, cross, exchange, change and convert. The Residence Support Program provides a time and place for artists to experience new encounters and carry out experiments to guide their future projects. Participating artists are expected to bring new ideas to the local culture and people while they, in turn, will hopefully acquire new perspectives through these fresh encounters. As a result of the residence program, the artists will convey their new experiences, gathered from the local lifestyle and our particular geographic situation, to their next destination. We hope that the residence program at Akiyoshidai International Art Village becomes a space for artists to go beyond cultural borders and expand their outlooks, exchange their unique understandings and establish relationships with fellow artists.


ThemeThe Future of This Land
Residency period14 January (Sun) – 9 March (Fri), 2018 [55 days]
Program Schedule Jan 14 (Sun): Program 1st day
Jan 15 (Mon): Orientation
Jan 28 (Sun): Open Studio
Feb 24 (Sat): Opening Reception
Feb 25 (Sun) – Mar 5 (Mon): Exhibition
Mar 9 (Fri): Program last day

*The schedule for lectures, workshops, or talks will be finalized after due consideration.

Numbers of artists accepted

1. 3 artists (2 international and 1 Japanese), 40 years old or under. (born on or after 2 April, 1977)
2. Artists who work on the theme above.
3. You may apply as a group no larger than 2 artists.


Artists who must be able:
1. to communicate in English or Japanese
2. to stay at AIAV during the designated period of time.
3. to participate in all pubic programs, e.g. open studio, opening reception, exhibition, etc., and to create new works.
4. to participate in the exchange programs for local community, e.g. talks, lectures and outreach programs.
5. to provide images and documentations, e.g. pictures and videos, for publicity and archiving in accordance with AIAV’s request.
6. to take part in educational programs at local schools and universities in English or Japanese.
7. to work and live independently.
8. to present the results of the residence program, e.g. exhibitions, reviews or talks outside Japan within a year after the program.


1. Travel expenses: A one time round trip from your neighboring international airport to AIAV (Economy class air tickets for international flights, domestic flights and/or domestic railway tickets)
2. Accommodation at AIAV (private room with bath/toilet)
3. Studio (assignment will be arranged after due deliberation: artists may have to share with others)
4. Production expenses:  200,000 yen (For each group)
5. Per diem: 2,800 yen x days of the program (Per person)

Copyright and Publicity

1. Artworks produced during the program belong to the artists.
2. Images, taken during the program, e.g. photos of the artists and exhibition views, belong to AIAV.
3. Artists are expected to be cooperative when photographed and asked to participate in publicity, e.g. for newspaper interviews.
4. Artists may be asked to loan or donate their pieces of work.

  • Notes
    *Artists should install and deinstall their work by themselves.
    *Artists also have to pack their work and pay shipping costs if necessary.
    *Artists are not allowed to be accompanied by anyone for the program. When their guests visit AIAV, they can stay at the cost approximately 3,080 yen /night (prices differ according to room types).
    *Artists should use a common kitchen to prepare their own meals during their stay.
    *Income tax will be imposed on those from the countries that do not have tax treaty with Japan.

How to apply

Application form can be downloaded here.
● trans_2017-2018 Application Form for Individual word | PDF
● trans_2017-2018 Application Form for Group word | PDF

Please submit your application with the following items.
A. Completed application form with your profile picture.
B. Portfolio. Please choose either from the option ①or② below.
① 10 still images(jpeg, 72dpi, maximum dimension 1000px)
Please label your images such as (JaneDoe_01.jpg, JaneDoe_02jpg…) so that the number of each image corresponds with the number provided on the slide description sheet on the application form.
② Provide a link to a video uploaded on the website such as Youtube, Vimeo.
You can only submit 1 video that is no longer than 5 minutes.

C. Articles and reviews from catalogues, newspapers and magazines, if you have any (Should be submitted in PDF format, up to 3 articles)

*We will accept entries only via email.
*Submitted information will be only used for the selection for this residence program.


Applications must be received by midnight, July 31 (Mon), 2017 by email (JST)

To submit your entry

Send your entry via email: trans2017@aiav.jp
*Please put all the materials in 1 folder and compress as a zip file.
*Please type subject line as “trans_2017-2018 Application”

Selection and Results

Results will be announced in October 2017
*All applicants will be informed about the results by email.

Contact information

Akiyoshidai International Art Village
Residence Support Program Staff
50 Akiyoshi Shuho-cho Mine-shi Yamaguchi 754-0511 JAPAN
TEL: + 81(0)837-63-0020 / FAX: +81(0)837-63-0021
Website: http://www.aiav.jp/
e-mail: trans2017(at)aiav.jp *(at)=@

About Akiyoshidai International Art Village (AIAV)

Akiyoshidai International Art Village (AIAV), designed by the architect, Arata Isozaki, was founded in 1998 with the aim of providing a platform for artists in residence as well as for a variety of art forms and cultural activities. AIAV’s main hall has a capacity of approximately 300 and its residence hall can house 100, and the village also features a restaurant, seminar room, studios, gallery, and café.

AIAV is located far away from the noise of everyday city life and is surrounded by natural resources. Isozaki himself referred to it as an “archipelago”, (an expanse of water with many scattered islands), and it consists of many different facilities. The term ‘village’ suggests that AIAV is not a one monolithic structure but rather a collective of small neighboring buildings reminiscent of a traditional Japanese village.

Akiyoshidai International Art Village Information

Location50 Akiyoshi, Shuho-cho, Mine-shi, Yamaguchi, 754-0511, JAPAN
EstablishedAugust 25, 1998
Main BuildingConcert hall, amphitheatre, outdoor stage, 3 seminar rooms, 7 studios, gallery
Residence Hall 36 bedrooms, darkroom, salon, common kitchen, restaurant
EquipmentStage equipment, sound equipment, musical instruments, darkroom equipment, easels, DIY hand tools

*Further information on the facilities is provided on the website.
*There is a restaurant and a common kitchen at AIAV.