Open Call

SAPPORO TENJINYAMA ART STUDIO International Open Call AIR Program 2022-2023

Sapporo Tenjinyama Art Studio

With Funding
Free / No Costs
Sapporo, Japan


Applicant must: 1) Being a collective/group that includes both of the following 1. Artists who have nationalities other than Japanese and live outside Japan 2. Artists who have Japanese nationality  * Up to 3 people can stay at SAPPORO TENJINYAMA ART STUDIO during the same period.          * It is possible to create a temporary collective/group for this open call. 2) Be able to communicate in either English or Japanese with staff, fellow artists, and the local community. 3) Be able to concentrate on their research and the program activities for the full period of 50 days. 4) Be able to plan an exhibition for a month after the AIR period. 5) Be able to understand and follow the aim of the International open call AIR program and proceed with their autonomous activities during their stay. 6) Be able to record their own activities during their stay. 7) There are no restrictions on age or gender. When applicants are students, a postgraduate level is required.

Number of Participants

2 collectives/groups of artists who are mainly active in the art field * Art collective/group must consist of foreign artists based overseas and Japanese artists


Selection Results (Announcement Dates)


October 12, 2022 - November 30, 2022


  • ¥200,000 material budget (one-time)
  • ¥100,000 travel budget
  • ¥500,000 stipend (one-time)


VR Studio


Private Bathroom, Private Room


No meals

Public Programs

Exhibition, Mentors, Self-Directed


Visual Arts


English, Japanese

Program Description

The roads stretch on the snow. Sapporo is a snowy city. When it snows, boundary lines that had been previously visible, disappear. After the snow, the sidewalk I walk on is covered in white, and mysterious lines appear that may be a shortcut made by someone or a detour taken while searching for something. The paths on the snow seem randomly drawn but they actually hold an anonymous logic like that of a rambling curiosity – as if artists left the signs of their research in a certain place. During the Covid-19 pandemic, we realized the power of natural, social, and historical boundaries as well as national and regional borders drawn by governments. In particular, social boundaries arose that led people to have less dealings with strangers. 2022 is the third year since the outbreak of the pandemic and I would like to blur the divisions and divides that inevitably happened to all of us, using artists’ overwhelming power of curiosity – like snow that falls and obliterates all boundaries.

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