Since its foundation in December 2001, the Aomori Contemporary Art Centre (ACAC) in Japan has welcomed a diverse range of artists to create and present their works through its flagship artist in residence programme. The centre aims to be an inspirational space for all involved, emphasising interaction between domestic and international artists, local residents, and students. This open call programme fully supports artists, curators, researchers, and others involved in cultural, creative, and artistic endeavours, including exhibitions, performances, workshops, talks, and other activities that utilize ACAC’s unique environment. From planning and research to setup and presentation, the programme provides assistance every step of the way, culminating in a catalogue record of activities. The length of stay is optional, from a minimum of two weeks to a maximum of about three months.
Due to the threat of COVID-19, ACAC expect that creators based overseas will find it difficult to travel to Aomori. Domestic travel also requires more caution than usual. ACAC seeks ways to continue to promote creative expression amid the pandemic, making full use of the Internet and other means to harness the creativity and imagination for things that would otherwise go unnoticed from where we live. ACAC invites artists to join them in thinking about how we can connect here and now – despite the barriers to understanding and difficulties due to communicating remotely – and how we can use our resourcefulness to ride this out together.
Various residency periods are available between September and December 2021, divided into two-week blocks. Applications are open for individuals or groups engaged in artistic pursuits (regardless of genre), including curators, researchers, artists, or otherwise.
For remote participation, ACAC will provide 75,000 JPY (~ 585 EUR) for production expenses they deem necessary (including costs for materials, research, transportation, display, removal of the exhibition, etc.). For in-person participation, ACAC provides living expenses of 59,400 JPY (~465 EUR) per term, 40,000 JPY (~310 EUR) per term for production expenses, and accommodation, with additional funding available for exhibition/event delivery.