Call for Applications for the Artist-In-Residence program 2020-2021

Kinosaki International Arts Center is now taking applications for the Artist-In-Residence program 2020-2021.
The application deadline is Sunday, June 9, 2019.


Applications are now open for the 2020-2021 Artist-In-Residence program at Kinosaki International Arts Center (KIAC), a creative residence facility centered on the performing arts.
KIAC is situated in Kinosaki Onsen, a hot spring town blessed with a 1300-year history. Kinosaki is located in Toyooka City, Hyogo Prefecture, which is well known for its rich natural environment and for having successfully reintroduced the Oriental White Stork back into the wild. KIAC is a facility where artists can concentrate on their creative activities. Since 2014, many artists have stayed here to create pieces of work that have then been spread both throughout Japan and overseas.
Artist-in-Resident program select projects with the potential to excel in any of the following criteria: ≪Diffusibility≫, ≪Internationality≫, ≪Locality≫, ≪Innovativeness≫ and ≪Artistic Potential≫. In addition to spreading excellent art projects and activities in Toyooka/Kinosaki, artists are expected to meet the locals and tourists to create a place for new interactions.


To download the outline of the hall, studios and residence, please click on the following link
 Hall, studios and residence outline 

To download the application form, please click on the following link:
 Application Form


【Application details】
■Intended program period
1st April 2020 – 31st March 2021
■Eligible projects
The following two points are necessary application requirements:
・The project should be focused on modern performing arts.
In addition to artistic activities and research, it is possible for art-related personalities to hold events such as lectures and symposiums.
・The project should be realizable (artists must provide results of past activities, production and budget plans, schedules and any other document that can certify the project can be appropriately managed and carried out effectively.
*Whether artists choose to have a public performance or not does not affect the selection process.
*Invalid projects:
・Projects that do not have a creative purpose (with the exception of lectures and symposiums).
・Projects organized by community centers, student clubs, or associations (For these cases, the hall and the studios can be rented for a fee).
・Projects which main goal is to raise donations for charity organizations.
・Projects that are aimed to be shared to a strictly restricted audience such as a specific group or organization.
・Already-existing projects that were purchased beforehand.
■SupportKinosaki International Arts Center will support the artists with providing space for creation and accommodation as follows:
1.) Free use of Kinosaki International Arts Center hall and studios.
2.) Free use of the residence that can welcome up to 22 guests.
*As a general rule, fees related to the cost of advertising and promotion, personnel expenses for all the staff involved in the production, transportation to Kinosaki, etc. must be covered by the applicant.
■Application Requirements1.) Individual artists or group of artists can stay at Kinosaki International Arts Center for their artistic activities for a minimum of three days to a maximum of three months.
2.) Artists are required to be able to speak and understand basic Japanese or English. If they don’t, artists should hire an interpreter at their own expense.
3.) Artists are required to be independent and capable of working and living on their own doing their laundry, cooking, cleaning, etc. If they can’t, artists should hire a helper at their own expense.
4.) Artists are expected to be willing to communicate with the locals and tourists through the Local Community Exchange Program. (See details below)
5.) Artists must follow the rules and regulations of Kinosaki International Arts Center. In case of any violation, artists will have to pay a penalty.
6.) Artists must cover all travel and living expenses and all production costs.


■Expectations upon acceptance1.) During their stay, artists must be involved in the Local Community Exchange Program by organizing activities that will encourage creative exchange with the locals and tourists.
2.) When presenting a piece of work that has been created at KIAC, artists must credit Kinosaki International Arts Center by printing the facility name and its logo on all promotional material.
3.) Artists must agree to help promoting Kinosaki International Art Center by sharing photos, videos and information. (However, all rights related to the work created during their stay belong to the artists involved).

*About the Local Community Exchange Program
Artists are asked to introduce their work and its creative process to the locals and tourists through events such as presentations of the finished work, rehearsal performances, open studios, workshops, talk shows, etc. in order to create opportunities to exchange together.
*Should artists put on a public performance of their 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 email (to by 17:00 Japan Standard Time on Sunday, June 9, 2019. Please write in the subject line of the email “Application for the 2020 AIR program” and attach the following documents:
1.) Application Form
2.) Letter of recommendation from a respected name (one or two).


*As a general rule, all applications must be sent by email. However, if sent through the regular mail, please make sure they arrive to Kinosaki International Arts Center before the deadline.
*We will send an email to confirm 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.
*Please feel free to send any useful additional reference material such as a plan of your proposed activities, newspaper/magazine articles, critiques and reviews, etc. (all in A4 size).

■Application deadline17:00 Japan Standard Time on Sunday, June 9, 2019.
(This deadline is final. Late applications will not be considered under any circumstances)


■Screening process
The judges (4 outside experts) and staff of Kinosaki International Arts Center will screen all applicants. If needed, we may contact some of the applicants for an interview during the screening process.
■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, Associate Professor at 21st Century Kaitokudo, Osaka University)
Chiaki Soma (Art Producer, Representative Director of Arts Commons Tokyo)
Mikiya Taguchi (Director of KIAC)
Yuichiro Yoshida (Program Director of KIAC)
■Selection Criteria
We will select projects and activities with the potential to excel in any of the following points.
≪Diffusibility≫ Projects or activities that have the potential to be shared and the potential to spread the name of Toyooka/Kinosaki both nationally and internationally.
Example: Projects scheduled to go on tour, projects to be performed at national or international theatres or festivals, etc.
≪Internationality≫Projects or activities that involve multiple countries and languages.
Example: Creative collaboration between different countries such as an overseas play translated into Japanese, etc.
≪Locality≫Projects or activities involving the use of regional resources in Toyooka and Kinosaki, or research regarding social issues.
Example: Projects based on regional resources available in Kinosaki Onsen or Kannabe Highlands, creative workshops with local children or senior citizens, etc.
≪Innovativeness≫ Projects or activities combining different fields, suggesting new ideas and skills that are unheard of in the performing arts world.
Example: Projects combining different art fields through collaboration, projects focusing on new technologies or robotics, etc.
≪Artistic Potential≫Projects or activities that 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, etc.
■Notification of Application results Around September 2019. (All applicants will be notified whether they have been selected or not)


【Address for applications and enquiries】Kinosaki International Arts Center
1062 Yushima Kinosaki-cho Toyooka-shi Hyogo 669-6101, Japan
TEL +81 796-32-3888 (9am-5pm/closed on Tuesdays)