Deadline: Open call

Japan, Spring-Fall 2017

Now taking applications for 5 groups of 10 artists to stay for 6 weeks in a rural Japanese town.

Description of residency program
10 artists will live and work in the small town of Onishi.

Our program introduces the Japanese countryside to artists. The residency facilities are made up of 7 buildings and a 2 acre, 280 year-old sake brewery. We offer private studios, opportunities to work with the surrounding community, workshops, exhibition spaces, comfortable accommodations, and a central location that allows guests to shop and get around town without the need of a car.

While most foreigners visit Japan's urban areas, the popularity of those destinations overshadow the larger rural landscape. Visitors staying in the countryside have the opportunity intimately know the people living there. The town of Onishi is typical of the larger economic and population aeging problems Japan faces. Artists staying at Shiro Oni studio will be bringing diversity and cultural exchange to an area of Japan too often overlooked.

Duration of residency
5 groups of artists will stay for 5 and a half weeks. More information about each group on the Shiro Oni website.

1 SPRING : 3/27 - 5/1
2 ANAGAMA FIRING: 5/10 - 6/19 (section full)
5 FALL GROUP: 10/4 - 11/13

Disciplines, work equipment and assistance
Age 25+

There are three buildings guests may stay at.

All buildings are a few minutes away from one another by bicycle. Each building has a kitchen, shower and washing machine.
Shiro Oni Studio will provide a private bedroom, futon, a bicycle, and help will artists find their way around town with English maps and translated menus from local restaurants.

Studio/ workspace
We have studios in 4 buildings all within walking distance of one another.  Each artist has 24 hour access to their own studio space.  Studios are approximately 3 x 3 meters, but vary per building. Studios will be decided after arrival.

All artists may use the wood shop.  The wood shop has a table saw,sliding compound miter saw, band saw and a drill press. There are also hand drills, a planer, jig saw, sanders, circular saw, a grinder and a biscuit joiner.

Fees and support
Since the residency is divided into groups, artists are charged a flat participation fee for each section. There is no weekly or daily charge. The fee covers staff support, a private bedroom, studio space, access to the wood shop tools and equipment, flyer printing expenses and any civic center rental fees. 2017 participation fee is 13500 yen.

Support: Studios, Housing, Translation, Group Exhibition, Wood Shop, Workshops

Expectations towards the artist
All artists will participate in a group exhibition at the end of their stay.  We also ask that artists participate in some of the workshops we organize or cultural activies in town, like the town music festival in July or Bon Odori festivals in August.  We will also organize public presentations of current artists' work and ask that each artist prepare 20 to 30 minute power point presentation.  Shiro Oni Staff will translate the presentation into Japanese.

Application information
1. Fill out the attached application form. Please save as an excel file, adding your full name to the end of the file name.
2. Send an email to the address written at the top of the application form with the subject "Application 2017"
3. In the email body, please write a brief description of your proposal and why you are interested in the residency.
4. Attach up to 10 images of your work in a Zip file. Please include dimensions, media, date and brief description of images. Images can be up to 3 mb.
5. Applicants will be interviewed over Skype.

Japan, Spring-Fall 2017

Japan, Spring-Fall 2017


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