II Residency S-AIR

A collaboration of Curators' Network with S-AIR Sapporo

A collaboration of Curators' Network with S-AIR Sapporo, Japan


Results of the deliberation:

The call for the residency in Sapporo received, in twenty days, 41 valid applications from 19 countries.

The jury of Curators' Network (Georg Zolchow - Flavia Introzzi (hablarenarte:), Borbála Szalai (independent curator) and Anca Verona Mihulet (independent curator) sent a first shortlist of selected applications to S-AIR Sapporo.

After a long deliberation, the selection committee of S-Air announced the catalan curator Sonia Fernández Pan as their future resident. The jury highlighted her involvement in the local art scene in Barcelona, and her ability to develop a bridge between her local art community and that of Sapporo.

During her residency, Sonia will explore the notion of future and dystopia in Japan, including Japanese science fiction, through a number of agents from the Sapporo cultural and artistic contexts. As a starting point, she will analyze the effects of Expo'70 in the Japanese collective imagination, even beyond the host city of the expo, Osaka. 


The runner-up of the Sapporo committee is Rowan Geddis (Sweden/UK). The jury mentioned how interesting is the way he explores the potential of the performative in his work, together with the variety of wide networks from his previous projects, that enriches his professional profile. 

Besides the already mentioned, Curators' Network also preselected the proposals of Andrea Soós, Mira Asriningtyas, Luca Zordan, Carlos Fernandez-Pello, Maja Ciric and Alexandra Ross.

We sincerely thank all participants of the call and wish Sonia Fernández Pan all the best for her residency in Sapporo.




The call closed on July 3rd

A thank you to all the artists who have participated in our call for curators and researchers in residency at S-AIR Sapporo. In a ver briefly period of time, we received 41 applications and already saw many really interesting projects. Now comes the hard part of deliberation. We will publish the results latest on July 14th.



S-AIR in association with Curators' Network is offering a fully funded residency opportunity for curators in Sapporo, Japan, from August 9 - September 13, 2016 (maximum stay 30 days, minimum 20 days).

The call is free of charge. The successful candidate is expected to research and write around the local art scene of Sapporo, to learn about Japan and to establish networks and dialogues between local and international artists.

The call is open for curators who work with all kinds of disciplines within the context of contemporary visual and fine arts. There is no age limit. Applicants should neither hold Japanese nationality nor reside in Japan, and should be able to exercise a degree of autonomy and self-reliance. 

  • The call seeks especially for professionals who work with a high level of excellence, but do not yet have a consolidated international career, as one of the primary goals of Curators’ Network is to promote art-professionals who are still not well known in a larger international context. 
  • Applicants should have at least a moderate level of spoken English or Japanese, and should feel comfortable engaging in discussions in one of these two languages.
  • Applying curators should thoroughly research about S-AIR and Curators' Network and submit a proposal demonstrating in which line(s) they would like to research whilst in Sapporo.


You can apply through this LINK

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to communicate with Japanese artists and the local community, to learn about Japan and to establish networks and dialogues between local and international artists. The selected artist will be expected to produce new works and will be encouraged to experiment in his/her own field.


About S-AIR

S-AIR was established in 1999 with partial funding by The Agency for Cultural Affairs, to run an artist-in-residence programme in Sapporo, Japan. Since it was approved to be a non-profit organisation in 2004, S-AIR started a 10-year collaborative residency project with ICC, in which we have been building networks with Japanese and international artists as well as art institutions in Japan and overseas. In 2011, S-AIR initiated a new programme, FRONTIER, which is supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs. In April 2013, S-AIR has moved its office to central Sapporo, and so far has hosted 84 artists in total from 34 countries over the period of 16 years (as of March 2015).

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