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"OPEN SITE 5" is calling for projects to be held in Tokyo Arts and Space Hongo from November 2020 to February 2021. In the last year "OPEN SITE 2019-2020," 9 projects, including curation projects, lecture performances and interactive events, were selected from 202 applications following a strict selection process. In this fiscal year, we covet projects which explore new expression and try to open up to societies.

Application Overview

Proposal must fulfill all three conditions below.

(1) Projects that can be realized using a space such as: Exhibitions, Installations, Research presentations, Performing arts, Films and Audio-visual works, Lectures, Symposiums or Workshops and any other projects which are related to above or combined projects.
(2) Projects which explore new expression/art/culture, and try to open up to societies.
(3) Projects which are well structured and have unique originalities.

Format of Presentation

A. Exhibition (Exhibition period: 26 days / Admission: Free of charge)
B. Performance (Execution period: 6 days / Ticket price must be set)
C. dot (Execution period: 6 days / Admission: Free of charge)


Candidates must fulfill conditions below.

(1) Be able to take responsibilities for planning, preparations, and executions of projects.
(2) Candidates who have passed the first selection must attend the interview in the second selection.
* The interview can be done by Skype if the candidate lives abroad or in a place far from Tokyo.

Support by TOKAS

(1) Providing a space at TOKAS Hongo for projects for free of charge.
(2) Providing a subsidy for productions of works and projects as follows. *Tax will apply.
   A. Exhibition: 400,000 JPY
   B. Performance: 200,000 JPY
   C. dot: 100,000 JPY
(3) The ticket revenue of each project will be given as artist fee. (*Applies for only format B)
(4) TOKAS Residency as accommodation for those who live overseas or in places far from Tokyo. (*Applies for format A and B)
(5) Assisting a part of PR and management of the project


Tokyo Arts and Space Hongo
(2-4-16 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0033, Japan)

Execution Period

(1) November 21 (Sat), 2020 – December 20 (Sun), 2020
(2) January 9 (Sat), 2021 – February 7 (Sun), 2021
*The usable periods are different between exhibition section and other sections. See "Application Outline" for details.

Jury Members

KOBAYASHI Haruo (Director, blanClass)
HATANAKA Minoru (Chief Curator, NTT InterCommunication Center [ICC])
HISANO Atsuko (Program Director, The Saison Foundation)
KONDO Yuki (Program Director, Tokyo Arts and Space)

Selection Process and the Schedule

(1) First Selection (Document screening by jury members): the beginning of April, 2020
(2) Second Selection (Presentations and interviews by jury members): May 9 (Sat), 2020 (provisional)
(3) The final results will be announced through TOKAS website in the end of May, 2020.

Application period

March 3 (Tue.), 2020 - March 24 (Tue.), 2020 (JST)
*Upload data materials: by April 1 (Wed.), 2020 (JST)

Application Fee


How to Apply

Download the Application Package below and read "Application Outline" included in the package.


Q. Do you have age limit for the application?
A. No. There is no age limit.

Q. Can we apply as a group?
A. Yes you can. If the applicant is different from the representative of the group, please apply with applicant's name and his/her information. The representative's name should be mentioned in the Group Name field with the name of the group. Please include group's CV in the portfolio.

Q. I am living in abroad, is airline ticket and accommodation fee covered by TOKAS?
A. TOKAS will provide only subsidy for participants as mentioned in "Application Outline". TOKAS offers TOKAS Residency for those who live overseas or in places far from Tokyo only during the installing and de-installing period. However, as the numbers of rooms are limited, we cannot always accommodate. Please see "Notices and Instructions" for more detail.

Q. Can I apply more than two projects?
A. Yes you can. There is no limit of the number of the application per person.

Q. Regarding budgeting, is it possible to obtain a commercial sponsor? This would primarily be for the use of equipment, such as a screen or projector.
A. Yes, it is possible to obtain commercial sponsors.

Q. Is this an amount to be given to the artist for everything including production fees, life expenses and etc that he/she needs during the stay in the residence?
A. TOKAS will pay subsidy which is written in "Application Outline" only.

■Application Documents
Q. When typing in the form with Adobe Reader, I cannot adjust the font size that my texts don't fit in the form. How can I fix it?
A. The application form is pre-set with font size and number of words limitation by TOKAS. Please do not change the setting as it may cause faults and TOKAS is not responsible for this.

Q. Which name should I apply with, if I have an artist name which is different from my real name?
A. Please write your real name on the applicant section, and your artist name on the group name section.

Q. We are applying as a group, can we submit our portfolio in 5 pages per artist?
A. Please compile your portfolio 5 pages as a group.  

■Format of presentation
Q. My project can be applied both exhibition and performance. Can I apply both?
A. You can apply with one application and please select both exhibition and performance. In the case that your project is selected, the format of presentation will be determined in the selection committee. Support is different depending on the format, please read "Application Outline".

Q What is unique about dot?
A dot is suited for admission-free programs (workshops, symposiums, lectures etc.) and short-term exhibitions. Execution period is 6 days including installation and de-installation, and the subsidy is 100,000 JPY.

Q. Is it possible to have talk events or performances during the exhibition period?
A. Yes it is. Please note that participants are not allowed to charge any admission fee for the artist's event. Also it is necessary to consult with TOKAS to execute any artists events in advance. No events that are not acknowledged by TOKAS is allowed to take place.

Q. Are there any equipment we can use for free in TOKAS?
A. Participants must arrange all necessary materials and equipment for execution of their project by their own responsibilities. TOKAS can provide some of tools for installation and de-installation.

Q. Is it possible to apply a project that uses both 2 spaces Space B and Space C/D?
A. 1 project is able to use 1 space only.

Q. I am working on new work that will not be ready by the deadline for material submission. What can I write on the work list, or what to submit instead?
A. Please indicate as work-in-progress for these you are planning to create. The size and material details are to be mentioned as much as you know by the point of submission. In the portfolio, please include related works and conceptional drawings if any.

Q. Can I use paint in the gallery spaces?
A. Only water-based paint is permitted to use. No oil-based nor pencils. The floor must be covered when using paint and it is mandatory for the participants to recover the spaces to its original condition.

Q. Is it possible to propose a group exhibition?
A. Yes.

Q. If it is possible to feature the exhibition on floors B or CD should I prepare a layout for both?
A. It is not necessary to prepare both floor plans. However, TOKAS may ask to change the space from what is preferred in the application form to another depends on other candidates' plans.

Q. Are the artworks covered by any insurance while on display? I noticed they are not covered during installation/deinstallation.
A. Participants, in their solo discretion, are responsible for arranging insurance to cover any possible accident, loss or damage of their properties during transportation, installation, execution and de-installation of their project.

Q. How many seats can be placed in the venue?
A. Depending on how to set the seating area. However, since the venue is normal gallery space and there is no sloping, 40 seats are appropriate to have a whole stage view from each seat.

Q. Are there any equipment we can use for free in TOKAS?
A. Participants must arrange all necessary materials and equipment for execution of their project by their own responsibilities. TOKAS can provide some of tools for installation and de-installation.

Q. Is it possible to sell catalogue or products?
A. No money handling is prohibited for any reasons including donation or sales except ticket sales.

Q. Is it possible to serve drink and food?
A. Participants are not allowed to serve food/drink to visitors/audiences in general.


OPEN SITE Administration Office
Tokyo Arts and Space Hongo
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