5752 Ueno Hara Michi Ue, Sasagawa, Shingou, Nishiaizu-town, Yama-gun
BOOT AIR is an artist-in-residence program located in the town of Nishiaizu in Fukushima, Japan. Located in the north west corner of the prefecture, Nishiaizu is surrounded by a vast landscape of mountains, rivers, and farmland. The artist-in-residence program is part of the Nishiaizu International Art Village; a half-century old wooden school building that has been transformed into a gallery, workshop, and cultural gathering space. All types of artists (visual artists, designers, musicians, performers, cooks, architects, engineers, etc…) are welcomed to apply for the program regardless of stature (professional, amateur, student). The program’s key concepts involve: (1) sustainable community, (2) learning from traditional environmental culture, (3) recreating an environmental symbiosis lifestyle, and (4) revitalizing the depopulated community through cultural exchange. It is for this reason that we ask applicants to submit a short proposal of what they wish to work on and how it can relate to the community of Nishiaizu. Nishiaizu is ideal for artists who would like a quiet and natural atmosphere to concentrate and create while being open to learning and inspiration from the rich culture, customs, and people of a local rural community in Japan.
To apply, please submit the following via email:
- A list of works (photos or pdf) or a link to personal website.
- A short proposal for what the artist wants to do in Nishiaizu. We ask that the applicant keep in mind connecting with the local environment in some way.
- Students are required to submit a letter of recommendation/reference from their school or professor.
Selection will be made by the Nishiaizu International Art Village and town members.
Applications are accepted throughout the year. Artists may apply by themselves or with a group. Short-term and long-term stays may also be negotiated (maximum one year). Please note BOOT AIR may not be able to help with visas.
Applicant must be: at least age 20, have no crime history, be in good health condition, and in possession of valid health insurance. If accepted the applicant will also be required to sign a waiver acknowledging these facts.