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International Creator Residency Program (Individual Projects) 2021

"International Creator Residency Program (Individual Projects)" aims to invite distinguished and highly motivated international creators in the field of visual art, film, design and architecture and to give opportunities to work in Tokyo.
We offer financial support to allow creators to develop and present new works and ideas. The outcome of the residency will be presented at the Open Studio and/or the Result Presentation.

*Open call for the "International Creator Residency Program (Theme Projects)" will not be carried out for 2021, due to the postponement of the same program of 2020 to 2021, resulting from the pandemic of COVID-19.


Residency Period: 3 months in either of the following periods      
① From the beginning of September to the end of November, 2021    
② From the beginning of January to the end of March, 2022  
Number of Creators: 4 in total (2 creators for each period)      
Disciplines: Visual art, film, design and architecture 
What TOKAS Residency offers: Airfare, living expenses (per diem), fee for creative work/project and living space (single room) 
Studio/workspace: Shared studio  

How to apply

Download the "Outline" and "Application Package" and send all materials to TOKAS Residency.

- Application

*You may apply for ”Research Residency Program” at the same time. (Please check "Eligibility" in each outline.) 
Please fill in each of application forms and send them together.

*For Japanese applicants >> go to our website in Japanese.

Application Deadline

Deadline for application (documents): June 24 (Wed), 2020, 18:00 (JST)
Deadline for application (materials): July 1 (Wed), 2020, 18:00 (JST) 


Q1. I have participated in the residency program before. Can I apply for these residency programs again?
A. You can. However, if you have participated in the International Creator Residency Program or Local Creator Residency Program before, you cannot apply for the same program again.

Q2. Is "Curator" eligible for International Creator Residency Program 2021?
A. No. However, it is eligible for Research Residency Program.

Residence Facilities

Q3. What sorts of facilities do you offer to the successful candidates?
A. Please read through Section "Residence Facilities" on the Application Outline.

Applying as a Duo

Q4. If we apply for these programs as a duo, can we get the financial supports for each?
A. No. Living expenses and fee for the creative work/project will be offered for one person. Airfare will be provided for both of the duo.
If either of the duo lives in Japan, TOKAS will provide the cost equivalent to the round trip travel expenses from the nearest station to his/her home to TOKAS Residency.

Q5. Can we apply together in one single application since we are working as a duo?
A. Please fill in the Application Forms separately and send the forms together.
However, please note that Section "15. Artist Statement, Purpose of your residency and Activity Plan"- 2) and 3) of the Application Form should be the same.

Q6. Do you accept letters of recommendation provided as a duo? Or should we submit 2 individual letters each?
A. We accept letters of recommendation provided for a duo.

Other questions

Q7. Is it possible to travel around Japan for my artwork and research, or am I restricted to remain in Tokyo?
A. Artists participating in the program are expected to focus on their new works during the residency period.
If you need to stay outside our residency for your work or research, you have to consult in advance.

Q8. Do I have to fund myself for additional accommodation and travel expenses elsewhere in Japan, or is there any help?
A. We will not provide any financial support for additional accommodation and travel expenses elsewhere in Japan.

Q9. I applied for all of residency periods. Would it be possible to choose the period by myself if I were selected?
A. You are not able to choose a residency period. We will choose and make the decision.

Q10. Can I bring my family/ partner with me?
A. No. We offer accommodations only for the participating creators.


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*For inquiries which are not listed in the FAQ part above, please contact us by e-mail by June 3 (Wed), 2020.
We will update the FAQ on this website after June 10 (Wed), 2020.
Please note that in principle, we cannot answer each inquiry individually.