Application Guideline 公募情報

ACAC International Open Call: Artist in Residence Program 2022 :

Making Things

[ 1 ] Program Overview

This open call program offers contemporary artists, curators, researchers and others who are involved in cultural and artistic endeavors the opportunity to practice exhibitions, performances, workshops, talks and other activities, with ACAC’s full support providing assistance every step of the way from the planning stage and research to installation and presentation and archiving in catalogs. Although holding an exhibition is not compulsory, participants are required to introduce their achievements through some form of presentation in order to get their activities widely recognized. The length of stay is optional, from a minimum of two weeks to a maximum of about three months. (Non-Japanese artists can apply either for a one-month artist-in-residence program in Japan, or a remote program with a maximum period of around three months. Domestic residents can determine the length of stay and timing of the residence period.)

Approximately two years have passed since the world came under the influence of COVID-19, and ACAC has been exploring the best way of operating the program to allow overseas-based artists to participate remotely through online communication. In 2022, there may also be periods when circumstances disrupt the ability of overseas participants to visit Japan or for domestic travel to occur. However, we’ll keep up our hope that we can connect somewhere in the world, without giving up on seeking physical residence opportunities at ACAC for international participants.

For 2022, we have titled the program “Making Things”. This is a guidepost to reflect and update the “present tense” of the Artist-In-Residence program at ACAC, and does not necessarily define the activities of participants. As Tim INGOLD says, the etymology of “thing” refers to the gatherings of people, and a gathering place for people to solve issues. While we witness advancing global barriers due to conflict between nations, as well as the pandemic, we’d like to encourage creative communication through making things and gathering people – a universal act of human beings, without borders – to change the way we are, and the current state of the world. We hope ACAC’s AIR program will be the interactive platform that can make this happen.

[ 2 ]Guest Judge for 2022 program

Hiraku Suzuki

Artist. Born in 1978 in Miyagi Prefecture. With a focus on the theme of boundaries between pictures and language, as well as “drawing” and “writing”, Suzuki has been expanding his field of drawing through a variety of media including two-dimensional works, sculptures, videos, photographs, and performances. He has been to many cities overseas, including Sydney, Sao Paulo, London, New York, and Berlin as an artist-in-residence, and currently works as an associate professor at Tokyo University of the Arts, Graduate School of Fine Arts, Global Art Practice. Suzuki’s main solo exhibitions include, “Excavating Reflections” (Galerie Chantiers Boîte Noire, France, 2019) and “Signs of Faraway” (ACAC, 2015). His major group exhibitions include “MOT Annual 2019 Echo after Echo: Summoned Voices, New Shadows” (Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, 2019) and many others.

[ 3 ] Number of Participants

1) Non-Japanese nationals living outside of Japan who will stay and work at ACAC (1 month: 30-day, 29-night): 1 person *Those who can participate remotely if they are unable to travel to Japan.)

2) Non-Japanese nationals living outside of Japan who will participate remotely (a maximum of seven 2-week terms): 1 person *Duplicate applications for both 1) and 2) are not allowed.

3) Residents of Japan who will stay and work at ACAC (selecting from one to seven 2-week terms): 2-3 people

[ 4 ] Program Schedule

1) The period of stay at the ACAC for a person who is Non-Japanese nationals living outside of Japan must be chosen one month between September 8 (Thu) and December 14 (Wed), 2022.

3)   The period of stay at the ACAC from Japan must be chosen from the following terms between September 8 (Thu) and December 14 (Wed), 2022. You must select at two and up to seven terms.

  1. September 8 (Thu)―September 21 (Wed)
  2. September 22 (Thu)―October 5 (Wed)
  3. October 6 (Thu)―October 19 (Wed)
  4. October 20 (Thu)―November 2 (Wed)
  5. November 3 (Thu)―November 16 (Wed)
  6. November 17 (Thu)―November 30 (Wed)
  7. December 1 (Thu)―December 14 (Wed)

Application Period:

April 11 (Mon)―May 22 (Sun), 2021, 17:00 JST (GMT +9:00)

Selection Schedule:

May 22 (Sun), 17:00 JST (GMT +9:00) ——- Application Deadline

Early June —————— Screening (By the ACAC curatorial team and guest judge)

From mid to late June — Invitations Sent

[ 5 ] How to Apply

First Screening: Online Application
Please submit the online application by the following deadline.

Application Deadline:May 22 (Sun), 2022 17:00 JST (GMT +9:00)

Subject: AIR 2020Application (Name)


  • The total file size of the application form and portfolio should be no more than 5MB.
    Please compress them as a zipped file and send it to the above e-mail address.
  • Please read page 1 of the application form carefully regarding the guidelines for the portfolio.
  • An e-mail will be sent within a week to notify applicants if the documents have been received successfully. Please e-mail us if you don’t receive this confirmation notice.

[ 6 ] Screening and Notification

Based on submitted materials, artists will be selected by the ACAC curatorial team and guest judge Mr. Hiraku Suzuki. The applicants will be informed of the final decision by email from mid to late June.

[ 7 ] Application Requirements

Artist in Residence & Remote Participation

a) Individuals or groups engaged in artistic pursuits, including curators, researchers, artists, or otherwise. (Hereafter referred to as “the artist” regardless of background or genre.)
b) The artist should understand the purpose of his or her visit to the ACAC and be able to stay or participate during the period for which they are invited.
c) Artists who choose not to exhibit will instead participate in exchange programs, including artist talks, lectures, performances, workshops, and school visits.
d) The artist should be able to explain their artwork and give lectures or workshops in English or Japanese as part of the exchange program.
e) The artist should be in good health.
f) The artist should be able to speak and understand basic English daily conversation.

Artist in Residence

g) The artist should be independent and capable of working and living on their own.
h) The artist is responsible for all setup and breakdown of exhibitions and events.
i) The artist should be able to lead a community life with other artists on the program.

Remote Participation

j) The artist will work with the ACAC in the setup and breakdown of exhibits and events.

[ 8 ] When Holding an Exhibition

Venue: Aomori Contemporary Art Centre (ACAC) and vicinity
*Following consultation with ACAC curators, exhibitions may be organized as separated exhibition in the same venue.
*The nature of the work required for the exhibition, and the location of the exhibition, will be decided after due consultation between the ACAC and the artists.
*In the event of remote participation, transportation of works will be decided after due consultation between the ACAC and the artist. (The ACAC will pay for expenses up to a certain amount.)

[ 9 ] Obligations of the Organizer and the Artist

The Organizer and the Artist have the following obligations to each other throughout the duration of the program and enter into a contract on the basis of this. In principle, it is a precondition that all successful applicants come alone to Aomori. Artists can apply as a group or unit. In this case, the organizer considers 1 artist’s group or unit as 1 artist and provides expenses only for 1 artist’s expense.
If successful applicants wish to be accompanied by family members or an assistant, it is necessary to consult with the ACAC beforehand. Should the ACAC approve the Artist’s request, the accompanying individuals may stay at the ACAC’s facilities. In this case, the artist is financially responsible for paying both the travel fare and the accommodation fee (2,040 JPY per night) for the accompanying individual.
Each amount of money noted in this guideline includes tax. (Please refer to the another sheet.)

[ 10 ] About Aomori Contemporary Art Center

The Aomori Contemporary Art Center (ACAC) is a residential art institution offering its flagship artist-in-residence (AIR) program. Since its foundation in 2001, the program has been an active platform for a diverse range of artists for their creative pursuits and presentations. Located at the foothills of the Hakkoda Mountains, residents can enjoy a rich natural environment while still being close to the center of Aomori City. The ACAC’s architectural design is the work of internationally-acclaimed architect, ANDO Tadao, and features the concept of “invisible architecture”. The center consists of a production studio (Creative Hall) and an accommodation facility (Residential Hall), encouraging interactions with others while providing a comfortable space for visitors to focus on their creations. A huge gallery space (Exhibition Hall) allows artists to work experimentally in their production process and directly practice into presentations as an exhibition at the site—another distinct feature of the center.
ACAC’s AIR program is an initiative expected to unlock various creativities stimulated by and solely borne under the ACAC’s unique environment. The center aims to be an inspirational space for all involved, emphasizing interactions between domestic/international artists and local communities. Its management was transferred from Aomori City to Aomori Public University in 2009. Exchanges between university students majoring in management and economics and regional development have also been active since that time.

[ 11 ] Address & Inquiry

For particulars or requests about the materials please inquire at Aomori Contemporary Art Centre by e-mail. *Please note that we are unable to respond by telephone.

atten: AIR 2022
Aomori Contemporary Art Centre
152-6 Yamazaki, Goshizawa, Aomori, 030-0134 JAPAN

Application guideline and form (via Google drive):

(Last updated: April 19)

  • Open call 2022 Application Guideline
  • Application Form
  • [Remote] Application Form
  • Exhibition Hall Floor Plan