Applications now being taken for 2017 fiscal year AIR program.
Kinosaki International Arts Center is now taking applications for the Artist in Residence program for the 2017 fiscal year.
The application deadline is Monday 13rd June 2016.
Thank you for the applications. Please wait for the notification.
Applications are now open for the 2017 Artist in Residence Program at Kinosaki International Arts Center (KIAC), a creative residence facility centered around the performing arts.
Kinosaki International Arts Center is situated in Kinosaki Onsen town, a hot spring town blessed with 1300 years of history. Kinosaki is located in Toyooka City, Hyogo Prefecture, which is well known for its rich natural environment and successful reintroduction story of Oriental White Storks. KIAC is a facility where artists can concentrate on their creative activities, and since 2014 many artists have stayed here to create pieces of work which have then spread throughout Japan and overseas.
Coming into the fourth year of the residence program, the 2017 selection criteria will be based upon previous production results, as well as the presence of the following characteristics in the proposed works: potential for diffusion, internationality, regionality, innovation and future promise.
Through this residence program, we hope to create opportunities for exchange and creativity between artists, local residents and tourists.
■Intended time period
1st April 2017- 31st March 2018
■Activities which can be applied for
The following two points are necessary application requirements:
・Creations should be focused on modern performing arts.
As well as artistic activities and research, it should also be possible to hold and participate in lectures and symposiums.
・Activities should be realizable (provide results of past activities, the production plan, budget plan, project scale, schedule etc.) Activities should be able to be appropriately managed and carried out.
*Whether or not you choose to have a public performance does not affect the selection process.
・Activities which do not have a creative purpose during your stay (with the exception of lectures and symposiums).
・Inviting culture schools, student clubs, or interest groups (facility use may be possible for a fee).
・Productions with the sole aim of charitable donations.
・To give the proceeds of the production to a specific group/organization.
・To introduce already made packages e.g purchase other performances/invite other artists.■SupportKinosaki International Arts Center will support the artists with:
1.) Free use of Kinosaki International Arts Center hall, studios.
2.) Free use of residences (=accommodation. Possible up to 22 guests).
*As a general rule, the expenses of advertising and promotion, personnel expenses of the staff involved in the production and so on must be borne by the applicant.■Application Requirements1.) The individual artist or group of artists can stay in Kinosaki International Arts Center for their artistic activities for a minimum of three days and for a maximum of three months.
2.) The artists should be able to speak and understand basic Japanese or English daily conversation. If not, the artists should cover the fee of an interpreter.
3.) The artists should be independent, and capable of working and living on his or her own, doing such things as their own washing, cleaning and so on. If not, the artists should cover the fee of a helper.
4.) The artists should wish and be able to communicate with local people and tourists, including organizing the local exchange program.
5.) The artists should follow the rules and regulations of Kinosaki International Arts Center and in case of violation, they have to accept to pay a penalty.
6.) The artists should cover the travel expense for a round trip, living expenses and production expenses.
■Conditions of application acceptance1.) During your stay you must participate in a Local Community Exchange Program e.g. activities which will encourage creative exchange with the local people and tourists.
2.) Print the name `Kinosaki International Arts Center` and logo mark on the credits of any promotional materials.
3.) Agree to participation in promotion of Kinosaki International Art Center. (Specifically for the Art Center to show photos, videos and share information regarding the work created during your stay, and the artists involved).
*About the Local Area Exchange Program
Introduce your creative production process and work to the local people and tourists, and offer other events and opportunities for creative exchange with them, such as presentations of the finished work, rehearsal performances, open studios, workshops, talk shows and so on.
*Should you put on a public performance of your finished work and charge an entrance fee, after consultation with the secretariat, a part of this fee will be given to Toyooka City.
■How to apply
Applicants are required to submit all of the items listed below by e-mail (to firstname.lastname@example.org
) by 23:59 Japan Standard Time on the due date. Please write in the subject line of the email “Application for the 2017 AIR program” and follow the instructions detailed when filling in applications.
1.) Application Form
2.) Letter of recommendation from a respected person （one or two）.
*As a general rule, all applications must be sent by email, however, in the case that they are sent by post too, please ensure they arrive to the Kinosaki International Arts Center facility before the deadline.
*We will send a confirmation email to say that we have received your application. If you do not receive this email within 2 days of sending your application, please contact Kinosaki International Arts Center.
*In addition, please feel free to send reference materials such as a plan of your proposed activities, or newspaper/magazine articles, critiques and reviews (all A4 size).■Application deadline23:59 Japan Standard Time on 13th June 2016.
(This deadline is final. Late applications will not be considered in any situation)
■Screening methodThe judges (4 outside experts) and staff of Kinosaki International Arts Center will screen all applicants. The process of the screening is closed but a hearing with the applicant may be carried out if it is needed.■JudgesOriza Hirata (playwright, director, Artistic Director of Seinendan theater company, Artistic Director of KIAC)
Norikazu Sato (Executive Director of Japan Contemporary Dance Network, Adviser of KIAC)
Chieko Kinoshita (Art Producer, Management Committee of Artarea B1)
Chiaki Soma (Art Producer, Representative Director of Arts Commons Tokyo)■Selection CriteriaWe will select projects and activities with the potential to excel in any of the following points.
≪Potential for diffusion≫Projects or activities which have the potential to spread their work and the name of Toyooka/Kinosaki nationally and internationally.
Example: Projects with plans to perform/tour at national or international theatres and festivals.
≪Internationality≫Projects or activities which involve multiple countries and languages.
Example: Creative collaboration between different countries. E.g. An overseas play translated and worked in Japanese.
≪Regionality≫Projects or activities involving research into Toyooka and Kinosaki, use of regional resources and an approach to social issues.
Example： Projects based on regional resources such as Kinosaki Onsen, Kannabe Highlands and Takeno coast. Projects which work in creative collaboration with local children etc.
≪Innovation≫Projects or activities which collaborate with other fields, and showcase new ideas and skills. Projects which show new possibilities and roles that the performing arts world has not yet been able to achieve.
Example: Projects which show collaboration of different fields. E.g. works which focus on new technology such as robotics.
≪Future promise≫Projects or activities which will have an impact on artistic expression in the future.
Example：Creative activities by young artists with future potential. Research for new creations with a strong experimental spirit.■Notification of Application resultsAround September 2016. (Results will be released to all applicants)
Kinosaki International Arts Center
1062 Yushima Kinosaki-cho Toyooka-shi Hyogo 669-6101, Japan
TEL +81 796-32-3888 (9am-5pm/closed on Tuesdays)