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Residency at Art Centre Ongoing

November 25, 2019

Open Call for Artist Residency at Art Centre Ongoing Tokyo.

In partnership with Art Centre Ongoing Tokyo, Pacific Crossings is pleased to announce an opportunity for an artist based in British Columbia to undertake a one-month residency at Art Centre Ongoing in Tokyo, Japan, starting on March 2, 2020. The selected artist will be hosted by Ongoing for the month of March and will have the opportunity to present a public talk, and produce a one-week solo exhibition at the Art Centre Ongoing gallery to conclude their residency.

Since 2013, Ongoing has hosted a residency program. They have welcomed overseas artists by providing accommodations and exhibition opportunities in the heart of Tokyo’s art community. Since its establishment, Ongoing has grown to be one of the key hubs for Tokyo’s arts community. Over the years Ongoing has galvanized a diverse and vibrant network of artists.

The Ongoing gallery and accommodation are both located in Kichijoji. Because of its deep culture and rich nature, many artists, writers, and various genres of creators are attracted to this area, which is located in western Toyko. Taking a walk in a beautiful park, Inokashira-koen, 5 minutes away from Kichijoji station is always refreshing and inspiring. Shibuya and Shinjuku (heart of Tokyo) are easily accessible, as Kichijoji is only 20 minutes by train.

More info about Art Centre Ongoing:

Who can apply: Individual artists working in any medium who are currently residents of British Columbia. Due to space constraints of the residency room, we can not offer this residency to duos or collectives.

What Pacific Crossings/ Art Centre Ongoing will Provide:

*One return airfare from an airport in British Columbia (nearest to you) to Tokyo, Japan
*Residency fee for subsistence: $2250
*Free accommodation at Ongoing residency space for 30 days between March 2 and 31, 2020

How to apply:

Submit an application to by November 25, 11:59 pm.

The application must include:
A letter of intent (2 pages max) indicating your interest and intentions for the residency.
C.V. (2 pages max) including a short biography, including education and a list of any past exhibitions.
Your name, address, email, and any other contact information.
Visuals: 10 images at 72 dpi (digital images can be transferred via WeTransfer, Dropbox, etc. Or emailed), clearly identified, numbered and including a name, title, dimensions and a numbered image list.
Video, Performance, or immersive installation: a short video that helps to explain your work. Please submit a video file (.m4v, .avi, .mov, etc) or links to online video. Note that we will allocate review time between 5-10 minutes.


Pacific Crossings (Shaun Dacey, Bopha Chhay, Allison Collins, and Makiko Hara) will select 5 finalists from the applications. The Ongoing Collective (members of Art Centre Ongoing Artists/curators) will select one artist from this shortlist. The juries will consider how each artist’s practice relates to the context of Tokyo and the logistical parameters of Art Centre Ongoing.


November 25, 2019: Application Due
December 20, 2019: Finalist announced
March 2- 31, 2020: Residency period
April 2020: Public talk in British Columbia for the selected artist to share their experience. (location TBC)


This project is generously funded by the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry for Tourism, Arts, and Culture through the International Presence Fund.

Applications should be sent directly to as an email with all requested documents with the subject line: Pacific Crossings Residency 2020.