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Open Call: Residency in Arita, Japan

Open Call: Residency in Arita, Japan

The Mondriaan Fund and Creative Industries Fund NL have joined forces to offer two residency periods in Japan’s Saga prefecture in 2016. We are calling on designers and visual artists to submit proposals for these residencies. Designers can apply via Creative Industries Fund NL’s online application environment; visual artists can apply via the Mondriaan Fund.

The reason for this residency is the celebration of the 400th anniversary of Japanese Arita porcelain in 2016. The highly particular Arita porcelain is renowned for its superior quality, most notably the hand-painting it involves. This tradition of porcelain painting has existed since 1616. Arita is a small town in the Saga prefecture on Kyushu, which is Japan’s third largest island. The Dutch designer duo Scholten & Baijings and Japanese designer Teruhiro Yanagihara are involved with this celebration as artistic directors of the Arita 2016/ project. They have established this residency in association with the Mondriaan Fund and Creative Industries Fund NL in order to stimulate crossovers and experimentation, as well as to initiate new collaborations between Dutch artists & designers and Japanese potteries. This initiative ties in with a wider-ranging cultural cooperation programme between the Netherlands and Kyushu. For further information, visit www.hollandkyushu.com.

The residency in Japan offers highly promising artists and designers the leeway to conduct artistic and technical research and to develop their personal work, which must also lead to intensive interaction with the relevant porcelain manufacturers in the region. An important guiding principle for this residency is to learn special techniques within Japan’s oldest ceramics industry and employ them in their own work. The artists/designers are expected to have some basic knowledge of working with ceramic. A concrete project proposal is not required; a clear description of plans and ideas that the applicant wishes to realize during the residency will suffice. Before the work period begins, Scholten & Baijings and Teruhiro Yanagihara will pair the residents with one of the 10 potteries in Arita. The pottery also serves as the point of contact for any technical support provided by the Ceramic Technical Research Laboratory in Arita. An assistant/interpreter will be available to help the residents for several hours each week, for discussions with the potteries and for other practical matters. The experiences and results of the residency will be shared through lectures and/or workshops, initially in Arita and later in the Netherlands. One artist and one designer will be working in Arita for each period. The residents will be staying in a traditional Japanese house, where each will have their own room. The living room, bathroom and kitchen are shared. See www.2016arita.com.

For who?
The residency can be applied for only by visual artists (via the Mondriaan Fund) or designers (via Creative Industries Fund NL). For applications by duos or cooperatives, each individual involved must submit a separate application. A duo is understood as two artists or designers who produce work together on a structural basis. Duos (project-specific or longer-term) are regarded as collaborations if they submit a joint plan that leads to a single outcome for the work period. In addition, a duo must be prepared to live and work in a single, somewhat confined space.

The work period and financial support
The work periods being offered are:

1 June–31 August 2016
1 September–30 November 2016
Your preferred residency period should be indicated in your application. If possible, this preference will be respected.

A sum of €8,000 is available for travel, materials, transportation and living expenses for each period. The Mondriaan Fund/Creative Industries Fund NL will pay the costs of the studio, the living space and support to Arita directly.

Submissions
The proposal can be submitted via the Fund’s online application environment by 22 January at the latest. Select the ‘Open Call’ option, then the ‘Open Call: Residency in Arita, Japan’ from the pull-down menu. For further information about this Open Call, please contact Jasmijn van Weenen, deputy grant officer for the Grant Programme for Internationalization, via [email protected] or tel. +31(0)10 436 1600.
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