Residency Program for Overseas Media Arts Creators

Media Arts Creators

About the Program

This residency program is part of the “Project to Support Nurturing of Media Arts Creators” organized by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan (Bunka-cho). Emerging artists in Media Arts (Media Geijutsu in Japanese) around the world are invited to come and stay in Tokyo to create new works. Whether the works are media art, videos, games, animations, or manga, during their stay the artists will be able to experience Japanese Media Arts culture, with an additional opportunity to meet with Japanese creators to discuss their works. The aim of this program is not only to support the creation of significant works but also to stimulate cross-cultural dialogues through Media Arts.

Applications are now being accepted: “Residency Program for Overseas Media Arts Creators” (Deadline: September 19, 2017)

Target fields:

Media Arts (Media Geijutsu) including Media Art, Video, Game, Animation, Manga etc.

Number of applicants accepted: 3 applicants (TBC)

Program summary:

a) Creation of a new work: participants will begin a new work while in Japan and present the finished work or one part of a work in progress at the end of their stay.
b) Education/training: participants will present the progress of their work being created as part of the program and will receive guidance from accomplished Japanese experts on a regular basis.
c) Visits/exchange events: participants will visit Media Arts creators and studios and participate in exchange events with artists and students enrolled in art programs at educational institutions.

Schedule :

Application Deadline: September 19, 2017
Reviewing of the Proposals: Completed by the end of October 2017
Final Selection of the Residents: Completed by the end of November 2017
Notification of Residency: Mid December 2017

Residency period: January 12, 2018-March 12, 2018 (60 days)

Support provided:

a) Travel expenses
b) Living allowance
c) Travel insurance
d) Housing and workspace
e) Location in Tokyo
f) Assistance from an expert in the appropriate field
g) An opportunity to present the works at the end of the residency
h) Opportunities to meet Japanese creators
* No application fees are required, but the residents are responsible for the production expenses.

Conditions of participation:

Applicants must:

a) be currently living outside of Japan and be a citizen of a country other than Japan.
b) have previously shown at international art festivals, film festivals, game shows, comic festivals, etc. Being awarded a prize or included in the Jury Selection at the Japan Media Arts Festival in the past will meet this criterion.
c) be between the ages of 20 and 35 (not definite, as applicant’s previous career will also be considered)
d) be able to speak either English or Japanese fluent enough to communicate in everyday situations.
e) be in good health.
f) be able to participate in remote interviews (i.e. have access to a computer with Skype connected to the internet).
g) have no criminal records.

Application procedure:

Please check the link below for details:

Contact information:

Project to Support the Nurturing of Media Arts Creators Secretariat

Organizer: Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan (Bunka-cho)
Office: CG-ARTS


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