With the generous sponsorship from Giant Year Gallery, the Academy of Visual Arts (AVA) is pleased to launch an Artist-in-Residence Scheme at the Shigaraki Ceramic Culture Park in Japan in order to support the AVA graduates, who aspire to become a professional ceramic artists, to further develop their artistic career. The scheme is exclusively for AVA alumni to advance their practices in ceramic art.


About the Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park

The Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park is designed to fulfil diverse functions featuring the use of ceramics as materials, including the creation of works, workshops and exhibitions. It is also intended to form a base for promoting local industry, creating new culture, and sending information toward the rest of the world from Shiga through exchanges of people, objects and information. It was completed and opened in June 1990; an Artist-in-Residence program was initiated in 1992. Since then, it has provided opportunities for artists to produce work freely in Shigaraki. Artists can create their work according to their own plans in the creative training hall, the creative space. The facility is regularly occupied by around 10 ceramic artists working in the hall. The deepening of their exchanges with other artists with different styles and of different nationalities has made the workshop environment even more stimulating. The Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park has received over 1,150 artists from over 50 countries. It also occasionally holds events including public lectures delivered by art critics and researchers.


About the Artist-in-Residence

  • The duration of the residence is 1-3 months between April 2020 and March 2021;
  • The selected applicant will be entitled to a sum equivalent to HK$20,000 to cover about one month of the total residence cost, including the flight, accommodation, studio, firing and material cost. The selected applicant may opt for an additional two months of stay at his/her own cost;
  • The successful applicant is expected to create new work using the facilities in the Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park. He/She is also expected to share their experience to the AVA community after the residence;
  • Upon completion of the grant, the successful applicant is required to submit a report describing the projects and activities that have been carried out.


Who can Apply?

The applicant must be a recent graduate (within 5 years of graduation) of AVA from BA(Hons) in Visual Arts, Master in Visual Arts or AVA’s Research Postgraduate (MPhil/PhD) who are pursuing a career to become professional ceramic artists. He/she must have basic knowledge and experience in ceramic art.


How to Apply?

The deadline of application is on or before 5 pm on 31 Oct 2019 .Applicants are required to submit a completed application form and portfolio document in PDF or DOCX format. Applications must be submitted in English and submitted to Email: referring to “Application – Giant Year Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park Artist-in-Residence Scheme” in the subject line.


Adjudication process

A panel comprising a representative each from the Giant Year Gallery and Academy of Visual Arts and one external member who has extensive knowledge in ceramic art will be formed to adjudicate the application received. Selection will be based on artistic merits of the applicant and potential for the scheme to advance the applicant’s artistic development. A shortlist of candidates will be invited to interview in November 2019.


Important dates

–              Application deadline – 5pm, 31 October 2019

–              Panel Shortlist and interview – early-November 2019

–              Notification of results – Late-November 2019

–              Period of the Artist-in-Residence – 1-3 months between April 2020 and March 2021



Applicants must fulfill immigration requirements applicable for staying in Japan. The successful applicant must be responsible for his/her own travel insurance, visa application, if necessary.



Tel: 3411 8255

Giant Year Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park Artist-in-Residence Scheme Application Form