Residence Support Program “trans_2013-2014” Application GuidelineAiR

The call is closed.

Theme: The Features of This Land

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.

Residency Period

19 January(Sun) – 14 March(Fri), 2014 [55 days]

Program Schedule

19 JanProgram 1st Day
20 JanOrientation
8 FebOpen Studio
1 MarOpening Reception
1 Mar-9 MarExhibition
14 MarProgram Last Day

Numbers of Artists Accepted

  1. 3 artists (2 of non-Japanese, 1 of Japanese) , under 40 years old.
  2. Artists who work on the theme above.
  3. Groups of 2 artists may apply, but no larger.


Artists who must be able:

  1. to stay at AIAV during the designated period of time.
  2. to participate in all pubic programs, e.g. open studio, presentations and talks and to create new work.
  3. to participate in the exchange programs for local community, e.g. talks, lectures and outreach programs.
  4. to provide images and documentations, e.g. pictures and videos, for publicity and archiving in accordance with AIAV’s request.
  5. to take part in educational programs at local schools and universities in English or Japanese.
  6. to work and live independently.
  7. 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 round trip from your address to AIAV (A round trip tickets for international flights, domestic flights and/or domestic railway tickets)
  2. Accommodation at AIAV (single room with own bath and toilet)
  3. Studio (the allocation of studios is decided by AIAV: artists may have to share with others)
  4. Production expenses: 200,000 yen
  5. Per diem: 2,800 yen x days of the program

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 but they have the rights to refuse such requests.


  1. Artists have to install and deinstall their work by themselves.
  2. Artists also have to pack their work and pay shipping costs if necessary.
  3. Artists are not allowed to be accompanied by anyone for the program. When artists’ family or friends visit AIAV, they can stay with charge of accommodation fee for approximately 3,000 yen per night (prices differ according to room types).
  4. There is a common kitchen at the residence hall, where artists can cook for themselves.
  5. Income tax (20%) will be imposed on those from countries, which do not have a tax convention with Japan.

How to Apply

  1. Application form can be downloaded at AIAV’s website: Application Form(word) Application Form(PDF)
  2. Please submit your application with the following items.
  3. Printed application forms (3 pages) attached with passport photograph, 4cm (h) x 3 cm (w).
  4. Color prints of your portfolio on A4 or letter size paper (up to 10 images).
  5. For video works, please edit them down to 5 minutes (mov, m4v or mp4, up to 50 MB each).
  6. Color-copies of articles and reviews from catalogues, newspapers and magazines, if you have any (up to 3 articles)
  7. DVD or CD-R including digital files of application forms, portfolio, video works, articles and reviews.

* AIAV will not return the submitted applications.
* AIAV does not accept applications via email or fax.
* Submitted information will be only used for the selection for this residence program.


Applications must be received by
July 31 (Wed), 2013
*Insufficient applications will not be accepted.

Selection and Results

Results will be announced in early October 2013
*All applicants will be informed about the results.

To Submit Your Entry / Contact Information

Applications & inquiries should be addressed to
Akiyoshidai International Art Village
Planning Division
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

Organized by Yamaguchi Kirameki Foundation, Akiyoshidai International Art Village
Supported by Yamaguchi prefecture, Yamaguchi board of education, Mine city, Mine city board of education


Are contemporary dance choreographers encouraged to apply?
Yes, this call is open for all artists, performers, musicians, choreographers and any creative individuals in all genre.

Regarding the theme, The Features of this Land, can you please elaborate. I did not find a description anywhere in the guidelines. Is the theme open to artistic interpretation? Is it suppose to refer to the geography of Japan? Is it referring to environmental issues or nature? I’d like to get a better idea before I propose a project.
Yes, the theme is open to applicants’ artistic interpretation.
For better understanding about the area and activities in the past, you can visit websites below for your reference.
Please visit these websites as reference for your proposal.
– Mine-city tourism guide https://en.karusuto.com/
– Yamaguchi Prefecture http://www.pref.yamaguchi.lg.jp/foreign/index.html

I would like to apply as a group of two. One of us is a foreigner and the other is a Japanese national. Are we eligible to apply in the foreigner group?
For a group consisting of foreign national and Japanese national, AIAV will review the application form based on the nationality of the group leader. So, please indicate which of you are the leader of the group.

According a portfolio by a group application, as the group’s leader is expected to fill in the form, does that mean that the portfolio should focus on the work of the group’s leader or his/her collaborative work with the other member of the group?
The portfolio should express the collaborative group work. However, if each of you also separately works and hasn’t had enough collaborative projects, please also include individual portfolio clearly stated by which artist created it but the total numbers of the portfolio must be up to 10 images.

According an application form by a group, should the name of the other member be mentioned? Is it expected that his/her cv and portfolio are also added to the application?
If you apply as a group, please fill out application forms (page 1) individually as well and send both application forms together to us. You can send 1 proposal to us as a group.

Can I still apply even if I will be 41 years old by January next year?
Applicants who are born on and after April 1 in 1973 are eligible to apply for this time.

For a group of two artists, please keep the followings in mind.
– Production expense is 200,000yen for the group.
– 1 room and 1 studio space will be provided to the group.
– Each member of the group will receive per diem individually
(2,800yen x days of the program per person).