Open Call for the Curator Residency Program 2025

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Curator Residency Program 2025

For international curators

"Curator Residency Program" aims to invite distinguished and highly motivated curators in the field of curation, art criticism, and cultural research from all over the world and offer them with opportunities to conduct research in Tokyo. We provide support to allow curators to develop and present their research and ideas. Selected curators are required to give mentoring sessions to local emerging creators, and deliver a public talk.


1 to 3 months within the following residency periods:
① From the beginning of May to the end of July, 2025
② From the beginning of September to the end of November, 2025
③ From the beginning of January to the end of March, 2026

Number of Creator: 6 curators (2 curators per period) 

Disciplines: Curation, art criticism and cultural research
What TOKAS Residency offers: Airfare, fee for research/project and living space (single room)
Studio/workspace: None

*This program provides opportunities for internatinal curators to conduct research in Tokyo.

Outline/Application Package
Application Deadline

Deadline for application (documents): July 2 (Tue), 2024, 18:00 (JST)
Deadline for application (materials): July 9 (Tue), 2024, 23:00 (JST)

How to apply

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

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


Q1. Is there an age limit for application?
A. No, there is not.

Q2. I have participated in TOKAS residency program before. Can I apply for these residency programs again?
A. You can. However, if you have participated in the Curator Residency Program before, you cannot apply for the same program again.

Q3. I will be finishing my master's degree soon. Am I eligible to apply for your residency?
A. If you are not a student at the time of participation in the program, and if you have 3 years or more of experience in your specialized area of expertise, you are eligible.

Q4. Can I apply for Curator Residency Program as a duo?
A. Applying as a duo is not possible as stated in the Application Outline (4. Eligibility.)

Application Form

Q5. When I create a document in Adobe Reader, the font size is not adjustable and the text at the end is cut off. What should I do?
A. The application forms have specific settings for font size and number of characters. If you change the settings by yourself, it may cause problems. Please use Adobe Reader to fill in the form so that it fits within the frame of the form.

Letter of Recommendation

Q6. Which contact information should I fill in the form of referees? Contact information of affiliation or his/her personal contact ?
A. Please fill with the contact information of your referee’s affiliation. If your referee works as a freelance, you could put his/her personal contact.

Q7. Is there any format for the letters of recommendation?
A. There is no specific one. Please state the relationship between the applicant and referees, and reasons for recommending the applicant to this program.

Q8. According to the outline, referees should be specialized in the fields of art and culture. Are freelance curators and artists eligible?
A. Yes. Letters of recommendation which state the relationship between the applicant and referees, and reasons for recommending the applicant to this program are valid.

Q9. In case I apply for several residency programs at the same time, do I have to prepare two different letters of recommendation for each program?
A. You can use the same letters for several programs.

Residence Facilities

Q10. What sorts of facilities do you offer to the successful candidates?
A. Please read through Section "TOKAS Residency Facilities" in the Application Outline.

Other questions

Q11. I applied for all of the 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.

Q12. Is it possible to travel around Japan for my artwork and research, or am I restricted to remain in Tokyo?
A. Curators participating in the program are expected to focus on their new work during the residency period. If you need to stay outside our residency for your work or research, you have to consult in advance.

Q13. 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.

Q14. 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 11 (Tue), 2024.
We will update the FAQ on this website after June 17 (Mon), 2024.
Please note that in principle, we cannot answer each inquiry individually.