Creative Residency Arita – Japan

For: visual artists
(designers should apply to the Creative Industries Fund)
What: 2 work periods of 3 months
When: 1 June to 31 August 2024 & 1 September to 30 November 2024

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Arita porcelain is renowned for its high quality and the focus on hand painting. The porcelain industry and the tradition of porcelain painting dates back to 1616, and is still alive today. Arita is a town in the province of Saga on Kyushu, the third largest of Japan’s main islands.

The Mondriaan Fund and the Creative Industries Fund (het Stimuleringsfonds) jointly offer two residency periods in the Japanese ceramics region of Saga. The work period in Japan offers promising artists and designers the opportunity to conduct artistic and technical research and to develop their own work, resulting in close interaction with the region’s porcelain products. A significant aspect of this residency is to learn special techniques within Japan’s oldest ceramics industry, and to apply these techniques in the artist’s own work.

The residency is designed to stimulate crossovers and experimentation, to initiate new collaborations between Dutch artists and designers, and to trigger new Japanese porcelain products. An assistant/interpreter is available for a few hours a week to help the residents with meetings at the potteries and to deal with other practical concerns. A Japanese guide is also available to assist the residents and help them find their way in and around Arita. The experiences and results from the residency are shared in lectures and/or workshops in Arita, and subsequently in the Netherlands.

Per period, an artist and designer are selected to work in Arita. Each resident has their own room in a traditional Japanese house. The living room, bathroom and kitchen are shared.
In 2019, artist Antye Günther and the artist duo Heringa/Van Kalsbeek worked in Arita. The artists Tilmann Meyer-Faje, Isabel Ferrand, Henri Jacobs, Ruta Butkute de Roo, Susan Kooi and Helen Frik all previously stayed at the residence.

For whom

The residency is only open to visual artists, who should apply via the Mondriaan Fund. The artists are expected to have basic knowledge of working with ceramics.

Work period

2 work periods are available:

  • 1 June to 31 August 2024
  • 1 September to 30 November 2024

Applicants are asked to state their preference for a work period on the application form, and every effort will be made to honour this preference. This work period is conditional and subject to change, e.g. in light of developments linked to the coronavirus pandemic.

How much

Per period, the Mondriaan Fund makes a subsidy of € 11,887 available for an artist 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.

The cost of renting the studio and living space are not included in the subsidy and will be settled by the Mondriaan Fund directly with the Residency Arita.

The contribution to artists based in the Caribbean part of the Kingdom can be increased to meet any higher travel costs. This is looked at per situation.


A concrete project proposal is not required, but applicants are expected to thoroughly outline their plans and ideas for during the work period.

The deadline for submitting an application for a work period in 2024 is 13 March 2023, before 17:00 CET / 12:00 AST. 

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


The advisory committee selects the candidates based on the submitted documents. This committee comprises advisors from the Creative Industries Fund and the Mondriaan Fund. All applicants will be jointly assessed and selected.

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.

Questions & contact

Do you have any questions about this grant? Please contact one of our employees directly.

Or call 020 523 15 23 or send an email to vasb@zbaqevnnasbaqf.ay.

Bonnie Dumanaw