[The result of selection meeting ] Open Call for international artists! ” swimming in AIR”[June 25 closed]

ActivityNews 2021年7月15日

Sapporo Tenjinyama Art Studio is pleased to announce two artists who will participate in this year’s international open call program.

Joshua Sofaer, UK

Nguyen Tra, Vietnam/USA

The report and comments by selection meeting, and the full information of selected artists will be post by July 18 on the website. Please visit again.

Thank you,


 July 11th, 2021

Sapporo Tenjinyama Art Studio


The selection meeting members;

Min-hyung Kang (b.1983 Seoul)

Majored in new media art (Grad school, Tokyo University of the Arts), Kang works in a visual art field widely as an artist, curator, translator, and mainly director of Barim, an independent artist-run space in Gwangju, South Korea (barimart.wordpress.com). She is especially interested in trans-locality and decentralization in art practice, and researches on the potentiality of practicing art in local that is not bound to the idea of conventional locality especially with the idea of new technology. Recently she established a platform Degital, which seeks alternative forms of art that deal with digital technology(degitalarts.xyz)

Mizuki Endo

Mizuki Endo is a curator, art critic and art consultant. He works as the executive director of Higashiyama Artists Placement Service (HAPS) in Kyoto since 2011.  Endo has established three artists-run spaces in Asia; Art Space Tetra (Fukuoka, 2004), Future Prospects Art Space (Manila, 2005) and Playroom (Mito, 2007). He was awarded the 3rd Lorenzo Bonaldi Art Prize (Bergamo, 2005), was the networking curator of Singapore Biennale 2006, the director of Arcus Project (Moriya, Japan, 2007-2010), the curator of Cream: International Festival for Arts and Media, Yokohama (2009), the collaborative curator of Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale 2009, the residence program director of Kunisaki Art Festival (Oita, Japan, 2014), and the artistic director of Vincom Center for Contemporary Art (Hanoi, 2017-2020).

Mami Odai,  AIR Director of Sapporo Tenjinyama Art Studio

Born in Hiroshima City, 1966. Art project planning and management, artist-in-residence project design, site administrator. Involved in a great number of activities, including domestic and foreign AIR projects such as S-AIR (Hokkaido), TransArtists (the Netherlands), the ARCUS Project (Ibaraki), and VISUAL ARTS FOCUS (France), as well as related background research, AIR project design, and environmental improvement for creative activities. AIR Director of the Art and Research Center, Sapporo Tenjinyama Art Studio. 



Click here: Basic concept of  Open Call AIR Program 

Outline of International Open Call AIR Program and its transition

The first activity of SAPPORO TENJINYAMA ART STUDIO that appeared in the public realm in May 2014 included the Artist in residence (hereafter AIR), and it coincided with the Sapporo International Art Festival held in the same city. Since its seminal year, we have delivered the AIR program with a stipend for international artists working in the field of visual art. This AIR program only happens in wintertime and is arranged by the program director and by AIS Planning – a general incorporated association that manages the facilities of SAPPORO TENJINYAMA ART STUDIO. In 2021, in accordance with measures to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, AIR is accepting remote participation (online residency) where the physical presence of the overseas artists is not required. The program will move to the period between the end of summer and the autumn.

Program format: Through this AIR opportunity, the invited artists will research Sapporo/Hokkaido in collaboration with SAPPORO TENJINYAMA ART STUDIO, culminating in new works/projects. Depending on the progress of the works/projects, the end results will be presented in either Sapporo or Hokkaido during the final stage of the program.

Looking forwards the AIR in 2021, AIR Director – Mami Odai

Introduction section : 2020, stay < movement (remote online residency)

Throughout 2019 and 2020, we proposed the concept of traveling to AIR without having the artists’ physical presence in Sapporo/Hokkaido.

We invited artists “to come to AIR” by any means of travel except flying during the winter AIR program 2020-2021 (“it is rather difficult to reach places”). Many plans and ideas were proposed by about 100 artists/groups for this open call, and selected artists [Heejung Choi, Aaron McLaughlin and Barim (Jaeha Ban, Eugene Jun)] participated in the remotely operated program. Japanese artists [New Public bath Project (Daisuke Nagaoka, Chikara Matsumoto), Han Ishu] were able to travel physically within Japan, but took time to reach (or attempt to reach) Sapporo. Through multifaceted efforts and challenges, artist [Maiko Sugano] traveled from Japan to Taiwan observing a strict isolation period in a government-designated dormitory, and was met with a warm relationship that the artist herself had built with the locals. Thanks to all the experiences mentioned above, I have some new thoughts emerging, although what they are is not yet clear. The pandemic is still restricting travel and migration and the problem remains of finding solutions to conduct AIR remotely.

Artists and works of AIR program in 2020-2021 winter 

Artists and Program Archive 


2021, swimming in AIR (remote online residency)

We can’t move from our habitual place again this year but we can release a kite to the sky and let it fly.

“The name of the thing is octopus and the squid in my hometown”

This is a haiku composed in Tokyo(Edo) in 1675 by a poet from Kyoto, Shintoku Ito. The kite-flying, which was called “squid climbing” in Kyoto, was written in response to being called “octopus” in Edo and it points out that the name of the thing was changed in another land. The Shogunate banned kite-flying naming it “squid climbing”, and to circumvent this ban the common people who loved flying kites nicknamed it “octopus” instead of “squid”. I thought this haiku describes the spirit of those common people, their irony, wit and sense of seeking fun. The generations that came after them were probably equally enigmatic, and that goes for the present generation too.

I see them as kindred spirits to the artists who do not give up the movement (= transformation). Although we are in the midst of a pandemic that has entered its second year, a kite may still fly gently through turbulent winds blown by the complicated history of the multiple ethnic groups that originated in Sapporo/Hokkaido. With skillful hands lifting and balancing in AIR, (“Artist in Residence” and “air of the atmosphere”) a kite can soar and I’m excited to see it. It is joyful and it can heal the fatigue that everyone has accumulated during the pandemic. We may face another constraint but we can cope through creativity, that’s the real pleasure of managing AIR. It might remind us of people going out with their kites ready for take-off and then a scene unfolds where the kites fill up the sky. These are sketches from my imagination that can be reflected in possible works from artists, project proposals and the direction of the program coordination. In any situation, AIR is a platform of creative activities and keeps a hold on the liberty to soar.

*City of Sapporo had announced since 2020 summer that Sapporo Tenjinyama Art Studio can not accept any artists who are based in the abroad until in which time Japanese government will allow any international tourists to enter Japan freely, so that International Open Call AIR Program has taken a new format of AIR, a remote online residency  as well as 2020-2021 winter so far.

*the research required to prepare the “proposal (a plan of art works, project)” is to have been done by applicants.


 ■ Number of artists: 2 (people or groups) artists who are mainly in visual arts field

︎ Program schedule

1) Application period: April 29 (Thu) to June 25 (Fri), 2021

2) Announcement of the selected artist: July 11 (Sun)

 * It will be selected by SAPPORO TENJINYAMA ART STUDIOS Open Call Selection Committee.

3) AIR program period: 60 days / August 31 (Tue), 2021 to October 29  (Fri), 2021

4) AIR end result presentation (planned period): October 16 (Sat) to 24 (Sun), 2021

*Depending on the content of the artwork/project, the most suitable format will be chosen for presenting the final result and this presentation is organized in SAPPORO TENJINYAMA ART STUDIO or in an online format. When the exhibition format is chosen, it is possible to extend the presentation period.


︎ Eligibility

Applicants must:

1) Have a nationality other than Japanese and live in a country other than Japan. (Foreign artists living in Japan and Japanese artists living overseas are not eligible.)

2) Be able to communicate in either English or Japanese with a staff, colleague artists and the local community.

3) Be able to concentrate on their research and the program activities for the full period of 60 days.

4) Be able to understand and follow the aim of the International open call program and proceed with their autonomous activities during their stay.

5) Be able to find the best space  (for your temporary stay and work) during the residency period in your moveable area, in the city, in the country or in the region.

6) Preferably not have previously participated in an AIR program in Japan.

7) There are no restrictions on age or gender. When applicants are students, postgraduate level is required.


︎ Contents to be submitted

* Please submit through an online application form.

1) Personal information.

2) Artistic activities. (cv, portfolio and website URL)

3) Proposal plan of your research, art work and project theme where Hokkaido and Sapporo are the landing points/temporary destinations of your movement.

・Proposal outline and motivation to participate in the program

Methods to record/share the activity

Form, direction and image of the end result


︎Provided for the artists

1 ) Letter of invitation from SAPPORO TENJINYAMA ART STUDIO

2 ) Coordination including interpretation and translation during the program period

3 ) 60 days studio & accommodations budget, up to 150,000 yen

4 ) 300,000 yen budget for 60 days living and activity expenses

5 ) 100,000 yen budget for a part of the production

6 ) Presentation at the end result budget, up to 100,000 yen

7 ) Interactive coaching from the selection committee

8 ) Technical assistant for realizing artworks/projects

9 ) Specialized advice to manage own physical and mental health and prevent the spread of novel coronavirus infection


︎ Place of activity:

The base city of artist’s activities, the country of artist’s residence within the permitted range of movement

Some virtual places in Sapporo Tenjinyama Art Studio, and Hokkaido (art spaces, AIR and an artist’s studio ) at  the remote online residency


︎ Requirements:

Selected artists must:

1Be able to cooperate for the program and public relation of AIR during the invited period.

2Be able to cooperate for the research archive during the period.

3Be able to participate in events in the local communities such as exchange programs and artist talks.

4Present their result in some kind of format, for instance as an exhibition, by the end of the program.

5 )  Be aware of your health and mental condition under COVID-19 situation.


︎ Note

1) Any expenses exceeding the support must be covered by the artist.

2) Artists from countries which have not concluded a tax treaty or a country with which Japan has concluded the tax treaty but where income is taxable may be liable for income tax on the sum provided to support their activities and transportation.

3) It is possible to apply as a group, however the amount of support is only provided for a single artist.


Application outline

How to apply

Please complete the following online application forms. You will be asked to upload the data (portfolio, etc) there. We recommend an applicant to use a computer for to input and to upload data. ( A smart phone and a tablet do not work for sending application sometime.)

After sending the online application form, applicants will receive an automatic response indicating reception of the online forms. If you do not receive it, please contact us.

Online form

Important point:

Applications which arrive after the deadline will not be accepted.

Any application materials which are damaged or illegible are not subject to be considered in some cases.

Submitted data will not be returned.

Deadline for application: June 25 (Fri), 2021, closed at 23:59 Japan standard time


Selection and Selection Committees

SAPPORO TENJINYAMA ART STUDIO Open Call Selection Committee select the artists based on the application forms and the portfolios submitted. During the selection, interviews may be conducted online.

All applicants will be notified of the decision by July 11 (Sun), 2021.


The selection committee

The selection committee consisting of internationally recognized artists, some art space and AIR in Hokkaido and the director of SAPPORO TENJINYAMA ART STUDIO, will carefully evaluate applicants and select the artists.



Sapporo Tenjinyama Art Studio International Open Call AIR Program

TEL: 011-820-2140 (Thu~Sun)10:00-20:00 (Japan standard time)



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2021AIRにむけて AIRディレクター 小田井真美


2019-2020にかけて考察し、アーティストの札幌・北海道での滞在体験よりもAIRのために移動する体験や思考の問い直し、フライト以外の手段で「移動し、AIRにいく」ことを、2020-2021の冬季AIRプログラムで試してみようとした(”なかなかたどりつかないけど”)。100/組のアーティストから公募に際して提案された多くの計画やアイデア、リモートで運営されたプログラムに参加したアーティスト[Heejung Choi, Aaron McLaughlin and Barim (Jaeha Ban, Eugene Jun)]、身体的移動が可能だった日本国内のアーティスト[ニュー浴場プロジェクト(永岡大輔、松本力)、潘逸舟]はそれぞれに引き伸ばした時間をかけて札幌にたどり着き(またたどり着こうとし)、アーティスト自身が築いた現地との温かい関係性に迎えられ、政府指定の宿舎で厳密な隔離期間を経て日本から台湾に向かったアーティスト[菅野麻依子]など、状況に対するアーティストの多角的な取り組みとチャレンジのおかげで、新しい思考の入り口にどうにかたどりつくことができた。でもまだ明確ではない。渡航や出入国制限の解かれないパンデミックの状況は続いている。私たちにリモートでのAIR、同じ課題を引き続き思考する時間とチャンスはまだまだ残っている。

Artists and works of AIR program in 2020-2021 winter 

Artists and Program Archive 

2021、そらにおよぐ (リモートによるオンライン・レジデンシー)










1)応募期間 20210420日(火)〜0625日(金)

2)公募結果発表予定 20210711日(日)

3)プログラム期間 20210831日(火)〜1029日(金)

4)プログラム成果報告イベント開催予定 20211016日(土)〜1024日(日)
























3)プログラム期間の一時的な滞在及び制作場所使用のための予算 上限150,000円*運営者が管理

3)プログラム期間の滞在費 300,000円


5)滞在成果報告イベントのための企画・開催予算 上限100,000円*運営者が管理

















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  • 応募締切:2021年06月25(金) 日本時間23:59まで










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