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06 Sep 2010

Sapporo Artist-in-Residence Programme

Sapporo Artist-in-Residence Programme (S-AIR) was established in 1999 with partial funding by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, to run an artist-in-residence programme in Hokkaido. Since it was approved to be a non-profit organisation in 2004, S-AIR started a collaborative residency project with ICC, in which we have been building networks with Japanese and international artists as well as art institutions in Japan and overseas. In 2011, S-AIR initiated a new programme, FRONTIER, which is supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs.

[Programmes for International Artists]
Since the establishment of S-AIR Committee Board, S-AIR has hosted 77 artists in total from 32 countries over the period of 13 years (as of March 2013). On FRONTIER programme, 2 artists/curators each term, 4 artists/curators in total per year are invited to participate in the programme.

JENESYS Programme - until 2012
From 2008 for 5 years, S-AIR hosted 10 artists in total from countries in Asia and Oceania for JENESYS (Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths) Programme organised by Japan Foundation.

[Programmes for Local/National Artists]
Alongside of hosting international artists in Sapporo, the S-AIR AWARD was set up in 2006 to offer residency opportunities for local artists to live and produce art work abroad using the network that S-AIR had been building up. In 2011, the award was also open for a non-local artist. Until the end of March 2013, the award have been given to 10 artists.

[Other Projects]
S-AIR have organised different projects such as 'Art Akebono 04-05' and 'Artist-in-School' (now run by AIS Planning) with a new approach, in which the idea of residency has been taken into an educational environment including community centres and elementary schools. In 2004, S-AIR was involved in the organising of 'Art NPO Forum in Sapporo', and has been regularly initiating and running various cultural projects such as concerts, workshops, art projects.