Ceramic art residency
In cooperation with Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park (SCCP), the Finnish Institute in Japan organises an annual residency, where one Finnish ceramic artist is selected. Finnish artists have an opportunity to experience the Japanese ceramic art in a new residency established in 2017. In Japan, ceramic art is characterized by an exceptionally long history and artistically ambitious atmosphere.
The residency period is organised in Autumn lasting 1.5 months. It covers rented living quarters provided by SCCP, shared studio space, and round-trip transportation from Finland to Shigaraki. In addition, some of the material and labor costs will be reimbursed.
One ceramic artist is selected for the residency. Working groups can not apply for the program. 2018 residency period will be in October-November 2018. The resident artist must present his / her work and experiences in the Residency blog maintained by the institute, for example through pictures, texts, audio or video, and to produce a final report after the end of the residency period. In addition, the artist should be prepared to make a presentation of his / her work.
Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park
Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park is a well-known and prestigious center of ceramics in Japan with a long-standing international residency program. SCCP is located about four hours from Tokyo in the area known for its ceramic art. The village has all the necessary services, but the chosen artist has to be able to work and live independently in a rather remote area. Over the years SCCP has had about 16 Finnish artists.
In the shared studio space, about 10 artists work simultaneously. SCCP’s own staff is there also to assist the artists. Shigaraki Ceramic Culture Park’s own website offers a lot of useful information about the center and its residency program. The application by the Finnish Institute in Japan is separate from SCCP’s other applications, but follows the form of “Studio Artist”.