A residency hosted by Beppu Project with the theme ‘Can We Still Believe in Stories’ for the Kashima Beppu Artist In Residence. In Beppu, a city where the traces of modernization have left their deep marks, this open call is directed towards artists who give shape to miniature stories lifted from everyday life, and those who create art that finds hope.

It is open to artists who have been based in Wales for over three years, who are able to work autonomously and will be able to present or exhibit a piece of work during the residency period.

Applications can be submitted by an individual artist or from a group; support conditions will remain the same for an individual or a group.

Beppu Project is a non profit arts organisation based in Beppu City and working locally with an international reach. Its annual international residency programme has been running since 2008.

Beppu City is located with the Oita Prefecture in the South of Japan, an area known for its hot springs and for its support for cultural activity. Oita is currently one of the hosts for the World Rugby Cup, including the Welsh National Rugby team, and has recently presented National Dance Company Wales and an exhibition of Welsh ceramics at OPAM, the Oita Prefecture Art Museum.

 Length of residency:

30 days or more between 20 January and 11 March 2020.

Deadline for applications:

Friday 25 October 2019

Number of Artists: 1 (person or a group)

Applicants must:

  • Be living and working as an artist in Wales over 3 years;
  • be non-Japanese in nationality;
  • be able to speak and understand either English or Japanese in order to communicate with staff and the local community;
  • be able to understand and follow the purpose of the AIR (Artist in Residence) programme and be able to work independently during their stay;
  • be over 20 years old;
  • have clear rationale and objectives for participating in the AIR program;
  • Create work to exhibit during the residency period;
  • Participate in at least one talk or presentation event during the residency;
  • be able to follow the regulations of the facility.

Support provided through the residency:

  • Artwork creation fee up to 300,000 JPY (incl. tax)
  • Return travel costs to Beppu City
  • Living expenses of 3,000 JPY(incl. tax) per day
  • Basic accommodation and working space (including bedding and heating expenses)
  • Space for exhibition
  • Fee for presentation event
  • Coordination support for research and creation
  • Arrangement of translation staff and support volunteers
  • Support conditions are the same for one person or a group.

For further information and to download the application guidance and form, visit the Beppu Project website: