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2015.02.13

Open Call for the Research Residency Program 2015!!

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■Application Deadline: March 31, 2015


■Application Overview(Residency Period/ Number of Applicants to be accepted):
1) About 1 month from the beginning of September to the end of September, 2015/ 5 applicants
2) About 2 months from the beginning of October to the end of November, 2015/ 5 applicants
3) About 1 month from the beginning of January to the end of January, 2016/ 5 applicants
4) About 2 months from the beginning of February to the end of March, 2016/ 5 applicants

■Conditions: Self-contained single room and Assistance of research activity

[ Research Residency Program 2015 Application Outline ]

Please click to download >> Outline_RR2015E.pdf

Tokyo Wonder Site Residency program is the platform of creation and research for international creators in diverse fields of creation. Young emerging, middle standing, international leading creators gather and explore their ideas in the heart of Tokyo, where global creative city with multi layers of creativity from traditional culture to cutting edge technology. Tokyo Wonder Site Residency program has been organized by the partnership and collaboration with art centers and cultural institutions around the world since its establishment in 2006. 
We are now calling for both international and local creators whose purposes are to do the research for the work production.

1. Application Overview(Residency Period/ Number of Applicants to be accepted):
1) About 1 month from the beginning of September to the end of September, 2015/ 5 applicants
2) About 2 months from the beginning of October to the end of November, 2015/ 5 applicants
3) About 1 month from the beginning of January to the end of January, 2016/ 5 applicants
4) About 2 months from the beginning of February to the end of March, 2016/ 5 applicants

2. Conditions
Self-contained single room and Assistance of research activity

3. Eligibility
1) Have to be a Creator who has considerable experience and is expected to make good achievements in the near future in the field of Visual Art, Music & Sound Art, Performing Art, Architecture, Design, Research and Curation.
2) Main purpose of the residency has to be for researching or producing works, of which subject is related to "Tokyo".
3) Able to stay consecutively at TWS during the proposed residency period.
4) Have sufficient ability to communicate in English with other residing creators and TWS staffs and deepen the mutual understanding and cultural exchange with other residing creators.
5) Independent and capable of working and living on his/ her own.
6) Show the great dedication to the development of art and cultural activities in Tokyo.
7) Capable to perform the presentation in Open Studio and other programs as well as Educational Programs hosted by TWS if TWS requires and cooperates with the public relations' activity to promote the programs hosted by TWS.
8) Comply the regulations of TWS during residency period and submit documents such as Creator information/ Portfolio/ Activity Report/ Provided Images/ Activity Report after your Residency Period/ to TWS.
9) Not carry out any commercial activities and any other profit activities except TWS, throughout the duration of the Program.
10) Able to conduct procedures for obtaining a visa by himself/ herself. 

4. Application Period
From February 13, 2015 to March 31, 2015
*Application Form must be arrived at TWS Residency no later than March 31, 2015

5. Selection Schedule
Selection stage: review with external juries April, 2015
*The final results will be announced only to the successful applicants by the beginning of May, 2015.
We will announce the final result on our website by the middle of May, 2015.
*We do not respond to any individual enquiries on the selection process and result.

6. Application Method
Please download Application Package below and read through Manual (.pdf file) in Manual folder carefully. Please send your application with all materials of 7. Application once to TWS Residency referring to 9. Address information for sending your application. Application must be sent either by certified mail or traceable delivery (e.g. FedEx, DHL, EMS etc.) and must be arrived at TWS Residency no later than the deadline stated above.

Please click to download >> Application Package_RR2015E.zip

7. Application
1) One printed Application Form: have to be filled in English
*It has to be undersigned by the applicant checking ☑in application form.
*Please fill in the form referring to Sample (.pdf file).
2) Two letters of recommendation: have to be prepared by each referee (stated at section 13 in Application Form) from two different Art and Cultural institutions or related educational organization or professionals specialized in the field of art and culture.
*Letters must be original copies with signature by the referees and written in English or Japanese and free templates as A4 format.
3) One DVD or CD-ROM: referring to Manual (.pdf file), store the filled Application Form and data materials (stated at section 18 in Application Form) saved in each folder on DVD or CD-ROM.
*Please write your name clearly on DVD or CD-ROM.
4) Additional materials (Option): can be submitted to support your application.
(e.g. Portfolio, DVD or CD [production version], Publications such as Catalogues or books)

*Any application which does not meet the requirements stated in this outline will not be accepted.
*Application is non-returnable.

8. Residence Facilities
Single room (25㎡)
*All rooms have bath & toilet, basic furniture, electrical appliances, kitchen with cutlery, towels, linens and Internet using a LAN cable.
Facilities as common use: * Available time 9:30 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
- Networking Room (with kitchen facilities, i-Mac, printer, TV)
- Library
- Washing machines
- Wifi internet connection *All day

9. Address information for sending your application
Tokyo Wonder Site Residency: Research Residency Program 2015
Arts Kikukawa 1F, 2-14-7 Tatekawa, Sumida-ku, Tokyo, Japan 130-0023
TEL: +81-(0)3-5625-4433

10. Inquiries *The period of inquiry which is not placed in FAQ has been extended.
Email: research2015@tokyo-ws.org
*For the inquiry which is not placed in FAQ page on TWS website, please contact us by e-mail only no later than March 4, 2015. We will update FAQ on TWS website after March 11, 2015. We would like to refrain from making comments regarding a specific applicant's inquiry.

11. Policy of Personal information usage

TWS uses your personal information solely for contacting you on this program. TWS never uses or shares your personal information provided to us in ways unrelated to the one described above also providing you an opportunity to opt-out otherwise prohibit such unrelated uses.

*This Program is finalized to be implemented under the condition of obtaining the approval for the Annual Plan 2015 of Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture by the board of directors by the end of March 2015.


[ Research Residency Program 2015 FAQ ]


Conditions


Q1. Is there any support in covering the cost of travel to Japan? 

A. TWS does not provide any financial support.

Q2. Do TWS provide any grants towards production or any other kind of financial supports whilst in Tokyo? 

A. TWS does not provide any grants.

Q3. Do you know any funding bodies which would support us for the residency program at TWS?

A. TWS does not introduce any information about funds or grants.


Eligibility

Q4. Do you require certain level of Japanese language skills?

A. We do not require any Japanese language skills. Artists wishing to apply to the program are required to have sufficient ability to communicate in English.

Q5. I would like to produce works while I do research on my subject. Would this combined method of working process fit the research residency program? Or is it more oriented to academic or theoretical research? 

A. If your main purpose of the residency is to do research or produce works, of which subject is related to "Tokyo" and shows great dedication to the development of art and cultural activities in Tokyo as is noted in the Eligibility, you are eligible. However, we do not provide you the studio.

Q6. I am a practicing curator/administrator. Can I apply for this residency program?

A. You are eligible.


Application

Q7. We are artists' duo/group. Is it possible for us to apply together in one single application form with single project? 

A. Group artists are acceptable. However, the application forms should be filled in separately from individual creators. Please make sure to send the forms together. 

Q8. Do you accept applications sent by e-mail? 

A. Only applications by post are accepted and please make sure to send the application form either by certified mail or traceable delivery. (e.g. FedEx, DHL, EMS etc.)

Q9. Is it possible to fill in the application forms in Japanese? 

A. Filling in the application forms in Japanese will be acceptable. In that case, please use Japanese application form
>> Please click to jump the Japanese website.

Q10. I applied for previous TWS residency program. Is my application still valid for this program?

A. You no longer use the previous application since it is valid once only. Please send new application for the residency program.


Letters of recommendation

Q11. I am required to submit the application forms including two recommendation letters. Is it acceptable to send scanned copies of the recommendation letters or must they be original letters? If they are originals, is it possible to have them returned?

A. Please send two original recommendation letters (written in English or Japanese). Submitted documents are non returnable.

Q12. May I send two recommendation letters to TWS separately from my application?

A. Two original letters of recommendation have to be sent together with your application.


Residence Facilities/ Support

Q13. What sorts of facilities/support does TWS offer to the successful candidates?

A. Please read the Application Outline 8. Residence Facilities. TWS staffs will help your research.


Other questions

Q14. Is there any information about TWS Residency?

A. Please find information in Outline and visit the following website for more information: TWS Residency

Q15. Is it possible to travel around Japan for my research, or am I restricted to remain in Tokyo? 

A. It is possible. TWS expects artists participating in the program to focus on your research during the residency at TWS Residency. If you need to leave Tokyo for your research, you have to submit a form in advance.

Q16. Do I have to fund myself for additional accommodation and travel expenses elsewhere in Japan, or is there any help?

A. TWS will not provide any financial support for additional accommodation and travel expenses elsewhere in Japan.

Q17. Is it possible to bring my family stay?

A. TWS does not accept other family members to stay.

*Following FAQ is updated on Mar 11.

Q18. Do you accept application from writer?

A. Yes, we accept writers. Please check ☑in "Other:" in No.9 Field of Art forms and activities in application form, and write "Literary".

Q19. Can I apply both of "International Creator Residency Program" and "Research Residency Program". In case that my application is not suitable for "International Creator Residency Program", TWS would offer me for "Research Residency Program"?

A. If you want to apply for both of programs, please make two applications according to each program's 6. Application Method in the outline. And then, please enclose two applications and send it by post.

 

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