\\ The Tobichi Art Museum 2023 “Here, by coincidence. ” Open Call Program //

\\ The Tobichi Art Museum 2023 “Here, by coincidence. ” Open Call Program //

The Tobichi Art Museum is located in the center of Japan, Tatsuno Town, Nagano Prefecture, surrounded by beautiful Japan Alps. This is our 3rd year to hold the program and 2nd time to give an open call. We invited 2 artists  from Avignon, France and Saitama, Japan last year.  The invited artists will be one of the Juries  for this year’s program.

Our program, The Tobichi Art Museum, is aiming to make the future of art culture a part of our daily life. We use vacant old houses and shops along the street as galleries  so that you can enjoy art cultures while walking, shopping, and chatting with neighbors or friends.

We will also provide some materials that have been found at vacant old houses and shops. You are the one who will create art with those “Treasures from useless places”. 

By selecting residence artists with an open call, we expect  some good chemistry by coincidence and would like to bring a variety of things and movements of the heart to the local community, through communicating with other artists, staff and local people.

We hope that local residents will gain various “insights” from each other through this AIR project.

Looking forward to seeing you in Tatsuno Town!


Program – The Tobichi Art Museum 2023 “Here, by coincidence.”

Application period – July 15th

Residency location – Tatsuno Town, Nagano Prefecture, JAPAN

Residency period – Length of stay: 2 to 3 weeks (from the middle of September until the middle of November)

Art Creation Concept

Creating upcycling art with provided materials which is found at vacant old houses and shops.

Qualification – 

  • Artists who are currently active (regardless of genre).
  • Regardless, age or nationality .
  • Must be able to handle all aspects of production and living on their own.
  • Must understand the purpose of the Tobichi Art Museum program.

Support for artists – 

Reward fees;

the first prize – 250,000 JPY

the second prize – 100,000 JPY

Production fees;

the first prize – 150,000 JPY

the second prize – 50,000 JPY

Traveling fees –  maximum 50,000 JPY 

*Please note that fees would be changed due to overseas expenses.

  • Provide a place for exhibition that would be vacant old houses and ships. You would start the residency from setting up the place for exhibition. (you can select from some choices)
  • Provide an accommodation
  • Provide transportations such as a car or a bicycle.
  • Residence facilities

Selection process – Please contact us using the form below.

Final decisions will be made after a jury  meeting held on July 22nd.

Juries ;

Yasuhiro Chida, Artist

Yuji Okuda, Director of Forest

Shu Kawashima, Curator of the Tatsuno Museum of Art

Yoshiki Shimada, Invided Artist of the Tobichi Art Museum 2022

Karine Debouzie, Invided Artist of the Tobichi Art Museum 2022

Contact – 

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1705-1, Tatsuno, Tatsuno Town, Kamiina Gun, Nagano Prefecture 399-0421 JAPAN