Kyoto Art Center Residency Exchange

Applications are now closed.

Location: Kyoto, Japan

Artform: Visual Arts

Length of residency: 2 months

Dates: 1 September – 31 October 2019 (dates to be finalised with Kyoto Art Center)

Grant amount: $7,500

Website: Kyoto Art Center  

Notification: Early May 2019

Expressions of Interest close: Tuesday, 16 April 2019 (11:59PM AEDT)

Information pack: learn more about the studio, accommodation, local area, and travel arrangements by downloading the Information pack.

About the opportunity

The Australia Council for the Arts – in partnership with Kyoto Art Center – is offering Australian visual artists the chance to live and work in Kyoto, Japan, as part of a residency exchange program.

In 2019, one Australian visual artist will experience a two-month studio residency at Kyoto Art Center, a multi-art form venue in Kyoto. Kyoto Art Center houses a number of performance halls, exhibition spaces and artists’ studios, and acts as a hub for 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 selected Australian artist will have access to a studio inside Kyoto Art Center, and separate accommodation at a private apartment, located 10 minutes walk from the Center. The Australia Council will award the selected artist a $7,500 grant as living and travel allowance.

In a reciprocal arrangement, a Japanese artist selected by Kyoto Art Center will travel to Australia, where they will live and work in residence at Artspace, Sydney.


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

Selection Criteria

Expressions of Interest will be assessed by the Australia Council, in consultation with Kyoto Art Center and industry advisors, against the following selection criteria:

1.     Potential of the artist/artists

·  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

·  The skills and artistic ability of the people involved and their relevance to the proposed activity

·  Realistic and achievable planning, resource use and evaluation

·  The role of any partners involved, including confirmation of their involvement

·  Proposals which involve working with diverse audiences or communities, peers will look for demonstrated cultural competencies and appropriateness.

3.     Impact on career

·  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 the assessors 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. 

To find out more about support material, including advice on how to get examples of your work online, click here.

Our preferred method of receiving support material is via URLs. However, if you cannot supply artistic support material via a URL, we will accept artistic support material in the following formats:

·  Video (MP4, QuickTime, and Windows Media)

·  Audio (MP3 and Windows Media)

·  Images (JPEG and PowerPoint)

·  Written material (Word and PDF) 

Selection process

Australia Council staff, in consultation with Kyoto Art Center 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 late-April 2019. 

How to submit an Expression of Interest

Click on the ‘Submit an EOI’ button on this page. Expressions of interest must be submitted via the Australia Council’s online system.

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 Joanna Bayndrian, International Market Advisor, North Asia on +61 2 9215 9152  

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