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Deadline: 22 Apr, 2018

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Location: Matsudo, Chiba-Tokyo, Japan

Deadline: 22 Apr, 2018

Duration: Three months

Eligibility: Artists / art group(s)

Support: Transportation, accommodation, production costs, daily stipend, costs for events

Costs: n/a


Program Description:

[1. Application Overview]

 People traveling out of Edo ‒ or Tokyo, as it is known today ‒ would first cross the Edogawa River and find themselves in Matsudo. The city has also served as an important transit point for people heading to Edo/Tokyo from places outside the city, for example Narita Airport. Over the centuries, it seems that this unique geographical trait fostered a warmhearted and open-minded spirit in Matsudo, a spirit that embraces the comings and goings of others. It is in such an environment that PARADISE AIR has held its LONGSTAY Program ‒ now in its sixth year ‒ which annually invites artists from overseas to stay for a three-month residency.
 To bolster the residency program’s appeal and its capacity to accommodate yet more radical and ambitious practices, this year we are opening our doors to Japanese and overseas applicants alike ‒ and not only to artists, but to curators, researchers and others.
 The final product need not have a tangible form. Applicants are requested to contemplate the set theme and submit a plan that engages with the time and space of Matsudo’s real-life setting, making the most of the resources offered by the city. We look forward to welcoming in Matsudo multiple individuals (or groups) with broad knowledge and interests, from different corners of the world.

[2. Program Theme]

*Text by Arata Hasegawa (Guest curator) on our website

[3. Schedule]

Application Period : Wednesday, March 14th ‒ Sunday, April 22nd 2018

Annoucement of the result (officially): by the end of July. 2018

Term of Residence : Saturday, September 1st ‒ Wednesday, November 28th 2018 (Approx. 3 months)

Program Outline: TBD
Sep. 1 (Sat) Arrival in Japan

Sep. 4 (Tue) Meeting to discuss artists’ plan

Sep. 8 (Sat) Self-Introduction Artist Talk for locals

Sep. 15 (Sat) ‒ 16 (Sun) Open Studio / Artist Talk

Early October Studio Visit by the guest curator

Nov. 17 (Sat). 18 (Sun) Report Presentation about the stay
Nov. 28 (Wed) Departure from Japan
*There will be a meeting, fortnightly.

[4. Support]

PARADISE AIR supports the artists/art groups finacially and technically as follows ‒

- Round trip transportation from the artist’s home to Matsudo

- Accommodation at the PARADISE AIR residency ( )

- Up to JPY200,000 for production costs, to be decided via project proposal

- Daily stipend of JPY3,000/day * 90days = JPY270,000

- Costs associated with local talks, performances, exhibitions etc.

- Costs of transporting works of art created during the program

- Local support for activities and the production of works

- Costs associated with advertisement and promotions

[5. Application Details]

There are three steps in application process.


Please fill in the following form to enroll for the selection process. (in English or Japanese)



Please download a folder below, fill in it, then add each materials. (in English or Japanese)


Name the folder “sent date (YYYYMMDD)_yourname” (e.g.20180320_PARADISE-AIR)

Storage below Application Materials into folders A~C (data limit: 10MB for total)

Upload folder data at file share services such as Dropbox, WeTransfer, GoogleDrive etc.


Please submit a link(STEP 2) to the below email address. 

Please note that direct attachments to an email will not be accepted.

Email Address :

Title: PAIR2018_your artist name


[Application Materials] into each folders A to C

A: Application Form

Please complete the Form in full. It can be downloaded via the following link.


B: Portfolio

Submitted your portfolio (within 3 works) will be viewed in the size of A4 (210×297 mm).

For video and/or music works, please upload the data at Youtube, Vimeo, Soundcloud and so on, then note the URL at your portfolio and email of STEP 3. For video works, you can submit 2 at maximum.
When you upload private video on the internet, please make sure to set the password as 'PARADISE'.

*You cannot submit the original data via e-mail.

C: Passport

A copy of your passport or identification card* 

*Identification page of passport, or other official identification document with your name and a photo

*For artist group, we require copies of all the members

For more details, visit our official website

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