Kinosaki International Arts Center Residency

OPEN CALL for the Artist-In-Residence Program 2025/2026
Kinosaki International Arts Center

Kinosaki International Art Center (KIAC), an artist-in-residence facility specialized in performing arts, invites interested artists to present their projects for the residency in the fiscal year 2025/26. In the past ten years since the inauguration in April 2014, we have been exposed to constant changes in society and in the conditions surrounding the arts.
In response to this situation, the application guideline is revised notably in two points: First, we added the criterion of “creation of exchange” to the existing selection criteria “response to society” and “critical creativity,” previously set for the open call 2022/23. Secondly, in consideration of the recent rise in prices for living, the resident artists will be asked to pay for the utility charges. We ask the kind comprehension of the participants for maintaining the facility as well as the residency program itself.
Unlike a theater where completed works are programmed, KIAC is an art center for the creation and community exchange. It is a place for experimentation where resident artists and local residents may be able to interact with each other to create values or works that no one has yet seen. We look forward to receiving applications from artists and projects that will make a great journey to discover new possibilities of KIAC and artistic expression together in the next future.

Application guidelines

Application details

■Intended program period
1st April 2025 – 31st March 2026
*Excluding one month of September 2025

■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
The results of past activities, production and implementation systems, budget plan, scale of activities, schedule, and methods of progress management deemed appropriate.

*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 whose 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.

Kinosaki International Arts Center will support the artists with providing space for creation and accommodation and, staff as follows:
1.) Free use of Kinosaki International Arts Center hall and studios.
2.) Free use of the residence of up to 7 rooms.
3.) Technical staff and coordinators will support the creation and research.
*As a general rule, personnel expenses for all the staff involved in the production, transportation to Kinosaki, etc. must be covered by the applicant.
*Artists must pay 350 yen per person per day to Toyooka City for utilities.

■Application Requirements
1.) Individual artists or groups of artists can stay at Kinosaki International Arts Center for their artistic activities for a minimum of 7 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 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 acceptance
1.) Artists must pay 350 yen per person per day to Toyooka City for utilities.
(ex: A group of 5 components staying for 9 nights = 350 JPY x 5 people x 10 days = total : 17,500 JPY)
2.) During their stay, artists must be involved in the Community Exchange Program(*) by organizing activities that will encourage creative exchange with the locals and tourists.
3.) When presenting a piece of work that has been created at KIAC, artists must credit Kinosaki International Arts Center (Toyooka City) by printing the facility name and its logo on all promotional material.
4.) Artists must agree to help promote Kinosaki International Arts 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 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.


■How to apply
Applicants are required to download the application form from the link below. Please fill out the form and submit it to with the subject “Application for the 2025 AIR program”

Download Application Form

*As a general rule, all applications must be sent by email.
*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.

■Application deadline
17:00 Japan Standard Time on Friday, 12th July 2024.
*This deadline is final. Late applications will not be considered under any circumstances.

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  • Start Date
    June 30, 2024 8:00 am
  • End Date
    July 12, 2024 12:00 am
  • Status
  • Location
  • Organizer
  • Category