Kyoto Art Center Exchange, Japan 2018

Location: Kyoto, Japan

Artform: Visual Art 

Length of residency: 2 months

Dates: July - October 2018 (dates to be finalised with Kyoto Art Center)

Grant amount: $7,500


Closing date: 10 October 2017

Notification: Mid-December 2017

About the opportunity

The Kyoto Arts Center is a multi-art form arts venue, managed by Kyoto Arts and Culture Foundation. Located in central Kyoto, it houses a number of performance halls, exhibition spaces and artists’ studios. It is the hub of a network of visual arts and dance organisations in Kyoto and across Asia.

Residents at Kyoto Art Center work alongside other international and Japanese artists and can engage in local cultural activities, such as tea ceremonies, traditional performances and workshops.

The Australia Council is partnering with the Kyoto Arts Center to offer a residential exchange program for Australian and Japanese artists.

In this pilot year, an Australian visual artist will undertake a two-month studio residency at the Kyoto Art Center, with accommodation at Kyoto artist run space, Anewal. Anewal is an established residency provider, with traditional village-style accommodation for residents.

Expressions of interest (EOIs) are now open for Australian artists to apply for the Kyoto Art Center residency, for two months in July – October 2018. One Australian artist will be selected and awarded a $7,500 grant as living and travel allowance.

Concurrently, a Japanese visual artist will travel to Australia, where they will live at work in residence at Artspace, Sydney. Expressions of interest for Japanese artists can be submitted via the Kyoto Art Center website [link:]


Please check the general eligibility requirements on the Australia Council website.

Selection Criteria

You are required to respond to the following selection criteria: 

1.     Potential of the artist/artists

Industry advisers will consider the potential of the artist/artists at the centre of your proposal.  

They may consider:

  • Quality of work previously produced
  • Artistic merit
  • Ability, skills and creative thinking that suggests strong artistic potential
  • Public or peer response to work previously produced.

2.     Viability

Industry advisers will consider the viability of your proposal. They may consider:

  • The skills and artistic ability of the people involved and their relevance to the proposed activity
  • Realistic and achievable planning, resource use and evaluation
  • Fees payable to artists involved 
  • The timetable and budget
  • The role of any partners involved, including confirmation of their involvement
  • Diversity and scale of income and co-funding - including earned income, grants, sponsorship and in-kind contributions
  • Proposals which involve working with diverse audiences or communities, peers will look for demonstrated cultural competencies and appropriateness.

3.     Impact on career

Industry advisers will consider the impact the proposed activity will have on your career. They may consider:

  • How the proposed activity strengthens your artistic practice
  • The relevance and timeliness of the proposed activity
  • How the proposed  activity enables you to discover and develop new markets, or meet existing market demand
  • How the proposed activity strengthens your capacity as an arts professional.

Supporting material

Additional material can be submitted to help support your expression of interest, including artist biographies, letters of support, additional written material, images, and video footage of previous work. Support material may help industry advisers gain an understanding of the quality of your work, and where relevant, the skills and role of other artists or partners involved.

You are not required to submit a budget with your expression of interest. 

Selection process

Australia Council staff will consider expressions of interest according to the selection criteria above and will seek recommendations by industry advisors as needed.

You will be informed of the outcome of your expressions of interest by mid December 2017.

How to submit an Expression of Interest

Click on the ‘Submit an EOI’ button at the bottom of this page. Expressions of interest must be submitted via the Australia Council’s online system. To apply in the online system, please click on ‘Grants & Grant Reporting’ and choose ‘Expressions of Interest (EOI)’.

Note, this is an expression of interest and not a grant application. It does not count as an application to the Australia Council Grants Program. 

Changes to grants payments

The way Australia Council grants payments are made has changed. Effective immediately, grant recipients will no longer send an invoice for payment of a grant. Instead, after you accept our offer of funding, we will pay your grant into your nominated bank account and send you a Recipient Created Tax Invoice (RCTI).

Important information for administered grants

If you plan to have your grant administered by a third party, applicants will now need to ensure that the administrator is registered on the Australia Council online system before you begin your application. This means you cannot complete or submit an application if your administrator is not registered.


To discuss your expression of interest, please contact Amber McCulloch, Project Officer Residencies on 02 9215 9336 or

Submit an EOI

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