Call for Application for the Artist-In-Residence Program 2022-2023



Kinosaki International Arts Center is now taking applications for the Artist-In-Residence Program 2022-2023.

The application deadline is Sunday, 20th June 2021.日本語の募集要項はコチラのリンクをご覧ください:

Applications are now open for the 2022-2023 Artist-In-Residence program at Kinosaki International Arts Center (KIAC), a creative residence facility centered on performing arts.

In April 2021, KIAC’s 8th year of operation, Reiko Shiga, a performing arts producer and care worker, was appointed as the new director, and Satoko Ichihara, a playwright, director, novelist and leader of the theater company Q, was appointed as the new artistic director.

The “Artist-in-Residence Program” has also established two new criteria, “Response to Society” and “Critical Creativity”, and will actively adopt and support artists and projects that critically examine the relationship between arts and the society in which we live. We are looking forward to receiving applications for projects that have the potential to present unprecedented value to society through collaboration with us.

Please take a look at the application guidelines below and give it your consideration.

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 period1st April 2022 – 31st March 2023

*The period of about one month from late August to late September 2022 is excluded.

■Eligible projects

The following two points are necessary application requirements:・The project should be focused on contemporary 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 residency 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.

*The selection process does not depend on whether or not there is a plan to present or perform the results of the residency or the project after the residency.

Residency for research and work-in-progress is also acceptable.

*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.

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 applyApplicants are required to submit all of the items listed below by email (to by 17:00 Japan Standard Time on Sunday, 20th June 2021. Please write in the subject line of the email “Application for the 2022 AIR program” and attach the following documents:

1.) Application Form

2.) Performance reviews of past works or recommended comments (A4 size / any format).


*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 deadline 17:00 Japan Standard Time on Sunday, 20th June 2021.

(This deadline is final. Late applications will not be considered under any circumstances)



■Screening processThe Selection Committees (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.■Selection CommitteeSatoko Ichihara (Artistic Director of KIAC, Playwright, Director, Novelist, Leader of Theater Company Q)

Chieko Kinoshita (Art Producer, Associate Professor at Co-Creation Bureau, Osaka University)

Chiaki Soma (Art Producer, General Producer of Toyooka Theater Festival)

Kazuki Fujita (Performer, Dance Researcher)

Reiko Shiga (Director of KIAC)

Yuichiro Yoshida (Program Director of KIAC)

Maki Hashimoto (Co-Director of KIAC)■Selection Criteria Artists and projects with a high level of awareness in the points of “Response to Society” and “Critical Creativity” will be evaluated.

≪Response to Society≫Is the artist or project responding in some way to the current society and environment in which we live through their artistic activities?

≪Critical Creativity≫Does the projects have the potential to critically examine existing values and common sense, and to update them in terms of art?


Specifically, projects with the following characteristics have been selected so far, but not all projects have all of these characteristics.

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.

Internationality: Projects or activities that involve multiple countries and languages.

Locality: Projects or activities involving the use of regional resources in Toyooka and Kinosaki, or research regarding social issues.

Innovativeness: Projects or activities combining different fields, suggesting new ideas and skills that are unheard of in the performing arts world.

Artistic Potential: Projects or activities that will have an impact on artistic expression in the future.

Collaborativeness: Projects or activities carried out in collaboration with other organizations, including Kinosaki International Arts Center.

Multidisciplinary: Projects or activities that are not limited to the performing arts but also cross over into other artistic fields such as contemporary art.

■Notification of Application resultsAround September 2021. (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)