Arts Initiative Tokyo – Japan

For: artists, curators and art observers
What: 1 work period of 3 months
When: 1 September – 30 November 2023
Application deadline: 12 September 2022, before 17:00 CET

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The Japanese capital of Tokyo has a population of more than 13 million residents, and is roughly the size of the province of Utrecht. The metropolis buzzes with singular architecture, countless neon signs, electronics stores and sprawling shopping centres. Tokyo also boasts a rich history and tradition, with shrines, temples and zen gardens. The dozens of museums in the city are home to diverse collections, ranging from traditional to contemporary art.

The Arts Initiative Tokyo (AIT) is a small-scale initiative that was launched in 2001 by 6 Japanese curators. In addition to making exhibitions and publications, organising lectures on modern art and organising courses, the AIT also offers international artists and art observers /critics the opportunity to work as an artist-in-residence in Tokyo. The AIT introduces residents to the Tokyo art world, and supervises and supports activities. If possible, this collaboration will result in a publication. Following the residencies, the AIT often remains in close collaboration with the artists.
The AIT Residency is primarily suited to conducting research and establishing contacts in Tokyo. The residency is therefore geared towards artists, curators and art observers with no immediate plans to make concrete work. In addition to conducting their own research, the artist, curator and art observers is also expected to participate in the AIT’s activities, e.g. by holding a presentation about the work, participating in debates organised by the AIT or by contributing to their blog.

The resident lives and works in a renovated traditional Japanese warehouse, with a living space of approximately 45 m2. The accommodation is located in the Yukigaya district, about 30 minutes from the city centre and the AIT.

Charlott Markus stayed at the studio in 2019. Vincent Vulsma, Melvin Moti, William Engelen, Martine Stig, Rafaël Rozendaal, Rory Pilgrim and Marina Visic all previously stayed at the residency.

For whom

The residency at the AIT Foundation is for visual artists, curators and art observers. Artists applying as part of a duo or collaboration are required to submit individual applications.

A duo is understood to mean: 2 artists who structurally create joint work. Collaborations can be considered as (casual) duos if they submit a joint plan for the work period that leads to a single result. Duos are also required to live and work in 1 shared space during the residency.

Work period

1 work period is available:

  • 1 September to 30 November 2023

How much

Per period, the Mondriaan Fund makes a subsidy of € 7,785 available for a(n) artist, curator or art observer to help cover travel expenses, material costs and living costs. This sum is intended for 1 person. In addition, the selected resident is expected to pay a 10% personal contribution. The Mondriaan Fund automatically takes this into account in their ultimate subsidy, you do not need to do anything.

If a duo or partnership is selected for a guest studio, the amount for the guest studio will be increased by an amount for additional travel costs and a proportional amount for the accommodation costs of the other applicant. The rent of the studio/living space, supervision and presentation are not included in the subsidy amount and are for the account of the Mondriaan Fund.

The cost of renting the studio/living space and the support for the resident offered by the AIT are not included in the subsidy and will be settled by the Mondriaan Fund directly with the AIT.


The deadline for submitting an application for a work period in 2023 is 12 September 2022, before 17:00 CET.

Applications for a subsidy for this residency may only be submitted during the annual selection rounds as announced by the Mondriaan Fund on their website. Before submitting an application, please read the explanation for the terms and conditions, application procedure and assessment procedure. You can find them on the page of Residency (international).

Please also read the terms and conditions applicable to Mondriaan Fund subsidies.

General terms and conditions


An advisory committee assists in the selection process, recommending candidates to the AIT Foundation based on the submitted documents. The AIT selects the artists who will be invited to participate in the residency. Applications must therefore be submitted in English.

Other subsidies for Dutch and international residencies
In light of the fact that only 1 or 2 resident(s) can be selected per round, many applicants will unfortunately be disappointed. We would therefore like to draw your attention to the possibility of applying for an Artist Project for another residency. The residency associated with your application for Artist Project, may not be linked to a Mondriaan Fund application round.

Vragen & contact

Vragen over deze regeling? Neem direct contact op met een medewerker van het Mondriaan Fonds.

Of bel 020 523 15 23 of mail naar vasb@zbaqevnnasbaqf.ay.

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